Beth DeRicco, Ph.D.
For what populations? Again, there are some similarities, but some differences as well. This question forces a focus on the thing (prevention intervention) rather than the process. For me a critical aspect of our work is to focus on evidence informed practice. The notion of model programs, promising practices etc. allows us to think that we can simply take a program off the shelf, as it was implemented at some other location, and implement that same initiative in our environment, cutting resources as needed depending on our situation. Evidence informed practice terminology implies a review of evidenced practices and a process to determine how that evidence may inform the practice that you are undertaking in your environment at a given time. Again, the process is the focus, more so that the content. Two things that come to the forefront are a focus on pro-health behavior and a reliance on process rather than a sole focus on content-specific prevention approaches.