SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #1: What are the critical challenges facing the prevention field?

Michelle N. Issadore, M.Ed.

A lack of evidence-based programs and initiatives will undermine the efforts of practitioners and limit the continued availability of resources and institutional support. It is imperative that prevention specialists remain current via listservs, journals, webinars and conferences; their professional development must be supported in order for a school’s programming dollars to be spent wisely and effectively.

It would benefit us as a field to understand and cultivate the connections between areas of prevention. Collaboration among staff and offices working on alcohol and drug abuse, sexual violence, hazing, suicide and more will highlight best practices, support a consistent message of prevention and instill an informed and connected campus culture.

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