Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant

Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant

Working With Alaska Communities to Prevent Youth Alcohol Use and Adult Heavy and Binge Drinking

The Goal

Prevent substance use, abuse and dependency

Welcome to the website for the Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) grantees. The Strategic Prevention Framework is a focused approach to substance abuse prevention. The SPF SIG is a SAMHSA/CSAP initiative that involves convening people from all community systems and programs in a five-step process to prevent youth alcohol use and adult heavy and binge drinking.

The goal of the Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) grant program is to prevent substance use, abuse and dependency at the state/tribal, regional and community level. Through a needs assessment and prioritization process, the State of Alaska determined that the focus for the community level grants would be: youth alcohol use and adult heavy and binge drinking.

Grants were awarded to six community coalitions in July 2011 by the Department of Health and Social Services. Grantees are required to use the five-step Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to identify and develop data-driven prevention strategies. Ultimately, the indicator of success of this grant is showing population-level change in substance use patterns and consequences related to youth alcohol use and adult heavy and binge drinking.

The Way Forward

Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)

Strategic Prevention FrameworkThe Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) uses a five-step process known to promote youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience and prevent problem behaviors across the life span. The idea behind SPF is to use the findings from public health research along with evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity. This in turn will promote resilience and decrease risk factors in individuals, families and communities.

Throughout all five steps, people who implement the SPF must address issues of sustainability and cultural competence. The Strategic Prevention Framework Steps require States, Territories, federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations, and communities to systematically:

  1. Assess their prevention needs based on epidemiological data.
  2. Build their prevention capacity.
  3. Develop a strategic plan.
  4. Implement effective community prevention programs, policies and practices.
  5. Evaluate their efforts for outcomes.