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SAMHSA’s 2012 Prevention Day: Highlights from the CAPT

Staff from SAMHSA’s Center for the Application in Prevention Technologies (CAPT) facilitated three panel presentations during SAMHSA’s 2012 Prevention Day. Convened last month in National Harbor, Maryland, the theme of the event was Prevention in Action: Investing in Our Future.

CAPT Epidemiologists Craig Love, Carol Hagen, and May Yamate collaborated with SAMHSA Public Health Analyst John Park and Chief Executive Officer of Erase, Inc. Bonnie Weyland Smith to present the interactive workshop Using Community-level Epidemiological Data to Inform Substance Abuse Prevention Planning. The workshop highlighted the importance of collecting community-level epidemiological data to inform prevention planning, and explored strategies for identifying and developing a community-level data infrastructure. Participants engaged in an exercise that allowed them to identify potential data resources, collaborative partners, and data infrastructure gaps, and identified community-level resources that provide substance abuse consumption and consequence data.

  • For more information on the presentation and/or CAPT work related to epidemiology, contact Craig Love at
Panelists at CADCA Presentation
Panelists for Building Evaluation Capacity of Culturally Based Programs that Promote Young People’s Behavioral Health presentation. From L to R: J.R. Cehonski, The Trust Group; Paulette Moore Hines, SANKOFA; Rose High Bear, Discovering Our Story; and Monica Hernandez Sanchez, Honor Your Culture-Protect Your Peace.

Kim Dash and Shai Fuxman, CAPT Chief and Associate Chief (respectively) of SAMHSA’s Service to Science initiative, moderated two panel presentations featuring former and current Service to Science program participants. Service to Science is a national technical assistance initiative designed to help innovative, locally-developed prevention programs apply more rigorous evaluation methods to their work. 

In the first presentation, Clare Desrosiers from the Aroostook Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and Keleigh Taylor from the Berkeley County Coalition against Substance Abuse, teamed up with SAMHSA Public Health Advisor Jennifer Fan and Senior Public Health Analyst Nick Reuter to present Prescription Drug Abuse: Understanding and Addressing the Problem at the Federal, State, and Local Levels. The speakers shared current statistics, described several Federal interventions to reduce prescription drug abuse and overdose, and shared lessons learned from addressing these problems at the community level. 

The second presentation, entitled Building Evaluation Capacity of Culturally Based Programs that Promote Young People’s Behavioral Health, featured a discussion among representatives from four programs that use culture and positive group identity as protective factors in efforts to promote behavioral health among youth: SANKOFA, Discovering Our Story, Honor Your Culture-Protect Your Peace, and Trust. Panelists Paulette Moore Hines, Rose High Bear, Monica Hernandez Sanchez, and J.R. Cehonski discussed the strengths and challenges of promoting behavioral health among adolescents in their communities.

  • For more information on the presentations and/or SAMHSA’s Service to Science initiative, contact Kim Dash at


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