Youth Substance Abuse Prevention – archived webinar

Originally presented on September 22, 2008

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As a discipline, substance abuse prevention has evolved.  While there is an “art” to good prevention practice, there is also “science” informing practices such as prevention planning and the selection of interventions.  Federal and state agencies, foundations and communities are interested in the results or outcomes of substance abuse prevention efforts not only the number of recipients served.  Planning and selecting interventions can be overwhelming when administering a program at the local level.  However, it is not an insurmountable task and many preventionists are successfully using these practices.  It is important to acquire skills and education that help inform data-driven decision making.

This training serves to provide knowledge about the discipline of substance abuse prevention.  The training will begin with an overview of the problem statewide and feature a resource to obtain local data about the extent of the problem for your community.  This will lead into a discussion about strategic planning using a planning framework, the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).  The five components of the SPF framework assessment, capacity building, comprehensive plan, implementation of evidence-based strategies and evaluation and two overarching components, sustainability and cultural competence, will be highlighted.  The presentation will also include a brief overview of risk and protective factors and evidence-based strategies targeting youth substance abuse prevention.  An overview of evidence-based strategies will be presented and actual programming will be highlighted.



Participants in this web-conference will be able to:

1. Gain knowledge about the extent of the alcohol, tobacco and other drug use problem statewide;
2. Learn about a resource to collect local data;
3. Learn about the components of the Strategic Prevention Framework;
4. Increase their understanding of risk and protective factors for substance abuse among youth; and
5. Gain knowledge about evidence-based strategies to prevent substance abuse among youth.


Target Audience

IPLAN coordinators, administrators, health educators, nurses, preventionists and health promoters are encouraged to participate.



Kim Fornero

Kim Fornero is the Chief of the Bureau of Community-Based and Primary Prevention in the Division of Community Health and Prevention.  She has been with the State of Illinois for 13 years and has been in the field of prevention for almost 21 years.  Her experience is vast.  She worked in the field for eight years, on the front line in suburban and urban areas and managed private and public grants.  She currently manages an array of primary prevention programs addressing delinquency, teen pregnancy, abstinence and substance abuse.  She also oversees programs addressing volunteerism including the AmeriCorps program.

Mary Ellen Shannon

Mary Ellen is based in Chicago, Illinois and provides oversight to the Expert Consultation, Chicago technical assistance services, and the Alcohol Enforcement training courses at Prevention First as the Manager of Provider Services.  Prior to joining Prevention First, Mary Ellen was the program administer of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program for the Illinois Department of Human Services. During her 8 years with the Department, Ms. Shannon also coordinated the Illinois’ State Incentive Grant (Illinois Prevention 2000/ Communities CAN!) and Illinois’ Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Block Grants. Prior to her work with the State, Ms. Shannon worked with coalitions, organizations, and groups to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use within the western suburbs of Chicago.

Liz Nelson

Liz Nelson serves as the Community Health Specialist at the Lake County Health Department.    She holds a B.S. in Health Education and Promotion from Western Illinois University and has worked in the field of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention for eight years with the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center. Liz has a passion for advocacy, policy development, underage drinking prevention and the social norms approach, and has additional experience with other prevention strategies including community assessment, youth development, community organizing, and coalition building. Liz is a board member of the Lake County After School Coalition and Winchester House Family Council, co-chair of the Lake County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force and is involved with several other community groups.