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Selecting Evidence-based Interventions: Finding the Best Fit

Prevention leaders are dedicated to improving the health of their communities through effective interventions that will reduce substance misuse and its related consequences. Perhaps the most critical decisions prevention staff weigh are what interventions to implement, typically with limited resources. This six-week enhanced prevention learning series (EPLS) offers participants a hands-on, case study-based approach to work through the process of selecting evidence-based interventions that are a strong “fit” for their community. Through a combination of individual, self-study activities (e.g., readings, application activities) and live, synchronous discussion sessions over Zoom, participants will build the skills they need to go through the process of identifying and critically examining interventions that are not just effective but that closely align with their unique community conditions and organizational strengths.

By the end of this EPLS, participants will have:

  1. Defined EBIs
  2. Practiced locating EBIs
  3. Applied three criteria of a “best fit” intervention to a case study community
  4. Considered evaluation and adaptations of EBIs


States & American Samoa:
September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 14, 21
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Pacific
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Hawaii
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM American Samoa

September 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Republic of the Marshall Islands
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pohnpei and Kosrae
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Republic of Palau

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Alyssa O’Hair, MPH, MA, CPS.  Alyssa is a Senior Manager, Workforce Development at the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). With over 12 years of experience providing training and technical assistance, she currently serves as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center, which aims to build the skills of the substance abuse prevention workforce. Alyssa has extensive subject matter knowledge in training design and facilitation; technical assistance and consultation; the Strategic Prevention Framework; public health approach to prevention; conducting needs assessments; data-driven decision-making; risk and protective factors; evidence-based interventions; and evaluation design and methodology.  Prior to joining CASAT, she worked at UNR’s Center for Program Evaluation for almost 10 years, conducting evaluations for school districts, non-profit organizations, community coalitions, statewide initiatives, and regional initiatives. Alyssa has a Master of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from UNR. She received her B.A. in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.


This intermediate-level training is designed for substance misuse prevention practitioners who have a role in identifying and selecting various programs, practices and policies to reduce substance misuse outcomes in their communities. Experience with the Strategic Prevention Framework, Communities That Care, or other data-driven strategic planning/community mobilization process will be helpful.

  • Substance misuse prevention practitioners located in the Pacific Southwest (HHS Region 9) states and jurisdictions of American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.
  • Prevention practitioners who would like to become a Certified Prevention Specialist or need continuing education hours to meet re-certification requirements.
  • Please note: This training is reserved for prevention professionals working in HHS Region 9.
  • Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of HHS Region 9 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn about similar courses available to them.

Participant Commitment and Expectations:

  • View an optional 20-minute video prior to the first session on Thursday, September 16, 2021 on how to use and maximize the video conferencing platform Zoom if you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with this platform.
  • Participate in all 6 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times
  • Complete up to ONE hour of independent learning activities between each session
  • Have access to appropriate technology to join the online videoconferencing
    • Laptop or desktop computer
    • Internet connection
    • Built-in or USB webcam
    • Built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers and microphone

Please note that accessing the training on a smart phone or tablet will not work for this particular course due to additional web-based tools used for group activities.

  • Actively engage and be on camera 90% of the time during each large group session, as this is not a webinar series and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.


Participants who complete all 6 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 15 contact hours. No partial credit is given for this course. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

The Pacific Southwest PTTC is administered by CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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