Session: "Brown Bag" Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings I (Society for Prevention Research 21st Annual Meeting)

2-021 "Brown Bag" Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings I

Wednesday, May 29, 2013: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
(2-021)            "Brown Bag" Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings I

(2-021A) Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development: Demonstration of New Website, Grand Ballroom A

Convener: Sharon Mihalic, University of Colorado Boulder

Blueprints for Violence Prevention has been rebranded as Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development. Blueprints has now expanded its scope to identify programs that have the highest standards for promoting education, behavior, emotional well-being, physical health and positive relationships. Blueprints programs have undergone rigorous evaluations and proven to be effective, providing a standard for quality programming. Each Blueprints program has been reviewed by an independent advisory panel that looked at research on the program’s impact, practical focus and potential for use within public systems. With funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Blueprints has developed a new website that highlights the expanded list of model and promising programs. Easy-to-use program searches allow users to match programs to identified needs. Searches can be run using criteria such as risk and protective factors, program outcomes achieved, type of program, or targeted population (i.e., age, gender, race/ethnicity). The website includes fact sheets with in-depth descriptions of the programs, as well as information on costs, funding strategies, and cost-benefit information. Also available are full write-ups describing all evaluations of a program, including methodology and outcomes. Join this webinar for a walk-through of this new and valuable resource for identifying evidence-based programs.

(2-012B) Couple Relationships and Prevention Research, Seacliff A

Conveners: Deborah Capaldi, Oregon Social Learning Center and Pajarita Charles, University of Chicago

This purpose of this special interest group is to provide an opportunity for SPR attendees to network and discuss issues related to moving the science of prevention research related to couple relationships forward.  It will focus on research related to couple strengthening efforts and their potential for promoting family stability and improving adult and child outcomes. Participants will discuss the state of research in this area as it pertains to a number of domains such as partner violence, economic disadvantage, and the transition to parenthood. Attendees will discuss ways in which couples research may become more integrated and what promising or evidence-based practices are emerging. Critical areas in need of further research will also be identified. It is anticipated that this meeting will generate ideas for future research avenues as well as foster new collaborations among prevention scientists whose work focuses on couple relationships.

(2-012C) Intersectoral Prevention Research and Practice Education, Seacliff B

Conveners: Doris Boutain, PhD, RN, and Jenny Tsai, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, RN,

University of Washington

The purpose of this SIG is to discuss research measures and educational approaches about intersectoral collaborations for prevention. The World Health Organization defines intersectoral collaboration as a joint effort of more than one sector, or type of institution, working in union to address a common purpose. Intersectoral collaborations for prevention are recognized as a new direction for addressing multiple health and social issues such as obesity, violence, substance use, and chronic disease prevention.  Intersectoral collaborations are needed to sustain effective prevention research and educate a community-based workforce to prevent today’s complex health and social issues.  Explorations about how to measure intersectoral collaborations in research and educate future practitioners is needed. SIG participants will discuss their current or planned intersectoral collaborations for prevention research and education.

 (2-012D) Optimizing Preventive Interventions. Seacliff C

Conveners: Linda Collins and Kari C. Kugler, The Pennsylvania State University

This SIG is for people who are interested in exploring how the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) can be applied to build better behavioral interventions and improve existing interventions.  Projects using MOST are currently funded by NIDA, NCI, NIDDK, and NHLBI.  After a very brief (5 minute) introduction to MOST, we will spend the remainder of the hour brainstorming and discussing potential applications to the work of the attendees in specific

(2-012E) Prevention Without Borders: The Cross-National Generalizability of Etiologic Models and Evidence-based Interventions, Seacliff D

Convener: Eric Brown, University of Washington

The identification and dissemination of empirically-validated preventive interventions continues to improve. At the same time prevention science and public health promotion have adopted a more global perspective to moving science to practice. However, this global perspective raises questions about the cross-national generalizability in the effectiveness of interventions and underlying etiologic models (e.g., risk factors) that inform the development of interventions. This SIG is intended to foster discussion on these issues and help participants remain current on relevant existing and emerging research in this area.

 (2-012F) Suicide Prevention, Bayview A

Convener: Jane Pearson, National Institute of Mental Health

The Suicide Prevention (SP) Special Interest Group will provide an opportunity for SPR attendees to network and discuss issues relevant to moving the science of suicide prevention forward.  Topics to be discussed might include:  reactions to the recently released draft prioritized research agenda; the benefits and challenges of adding suicidal outcomes (suicide attempts; deaths) to ongoing substance abuse and mental health prevention trials; linking data sources to better identify selected and indicated target populations for suicide prevention (e.g., foster care and criminal justice populations); public policy issues around suicide prevention (e.g., screening in various settings; means restriction); and universal intervention opportunities outside of school settings (e.g., workplace; faith communities; social media).  The SP SIG is intended to be an opportunity and resource for researchers, clinicians, and policy makers who have an interest in preventing suicide morbidity and mortality. 

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