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Overview of the Getting Ready for Sustainability Planning

This 7-week distance learning series offers participants a unique, interactive experience to explore how to develop a sustainability plan.

Sustainability planning is an intentional process of looking critically at your current prevention infrastructure, processes, and strategies to develop the necessary resources to sustain meaningful prevention outcomes beyond current funding. Sustainability planning involves a series of concrete tasks to create feasible, ongoing support for essential components of your prevention work. Elements of sustainability planning include examining the impact of strategic planning processes, such as SAMSHA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and interventions, priority setting, resource and feasibility analysis, communication planning, and resource and grant development.

This learning series incorporates online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, self-study and reading assignments, group activities, and discussion designed to guide participants through five critical components of sustainability planning.  Trainers will demonstrate how to use a set of tools to facilitate a sustainability process with community partners and will coach participants to set actionable steps and timelines to complete a plan over the next year.

When:

States:

April 7, 14, 21, 28 & May 12, 19, 26
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Alaska
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Mountain                                                                                                

Facilitator:

Jill Parker, BS, has been working in the field of public health for over twenty years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Utah Association of Local Health Departments and Utah Association of Local Boards of Health. In this role, she coordinates with and supports the 13 local health departments across the state, serves as a legislative liaison, and works to spread the message on the essential role of public health in communities. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Utah Coalition for Opioid Overdose Prevention and the Utah Poison Control Center Advisory Board.

Additional Facilitators:

Michelle Frye-Spray, MS CPS, is a Project Manager at the University of Reno, CASAT. She is currently the Coordinator for the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center. Michelle leverages her knowledge of prevention science with over 25 years of prevention-related experience to design and deliver engaging and impactful training and technical assistance. Her skills include coaching prevention practitioners to integrate prevention science into practice and apply data-informed planning to establish prevention practices and interventions worth sustaining.

Objectives:

By the end of the EPLS participants will be able to:

  • Define sustainability and summarize key findings from research
  • Explain the value of sustainability planning to community stakeholders
  • Share how partnerships and collaborations provide the foundation for sustainability
  • Identify and recruit partners to participate on a Sustainability Planning Team (SPT)
  • Summarize five components of sustainability planning
  • Collect information and capture lessons learned throughout the Strategic Prevention Framework process
  • Gather information and document lessons learned from interventions.
  • Develop communication products as part of ongoing sustainability effort
  • Outline key tasks that inform a written sustainability plan.
  • Establish a timeline to create a sustainability plan.
  • Apply a set of tools to create a sustainability plan with community partner

Audience:

  • Community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and community coalition coordinators located in the Northwest (HHS Region 10) states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
  • Prevention practitioners who would like to become a Certified Prevention Specialist or need to continuing hours of education to meet re-certification requirements.
  • Please note: This training is reserved for prevention professionals working in HHS Region 10.
  • Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of HHS Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn about similar courses available to them.

Participant Commitment and Expectations:

  • View a 20-minute video prior to the first session on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 on how to use and maximize the video conferencing platform
  • Attend a live Orientation to Technology and Content Overview Session on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM Pacific to demonstrate mastery of the basic technology skills required to participate
  • Participate in 7 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times and complete ONE hour of weekly learning activities. Have access to appropriate technology to utilize online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
  • Complete up to an hour of independent learning activities between each session.
  • Use a web-camera and have the appropriate technology to join the online video conferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90 % of the time during each session, since this is not a webinar series and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.

Please Note:

This EPLS is not a webinar series. Active participation is essential to gain and improve skills. Registrants enrolled in this series are required to attend the Technology Orientation & Content Overview Session on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM Pacific. If you cannot attend this session, you will forfeit your attendance.

In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time.

Continuing Education Hours:

In order to receive 16 continuing education hours, participants are expected to view the 20-minute video tutorial; attend the live technology training; be prepared for and join each session; and actively engage in group discussions. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participation requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.

If you have questions, regarding technology requirements or registration details contact Matt Minten (mminten@casat.org).

The Northwest PTTC is a collaboration led by Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington in partnership with Washington State University, and CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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