Strategic Prevention Framework

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This framework uses findings from public health research along with
evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity and sustainable prevention. This, in turn, promotes resilience and decreases risk factors
in individuals, families, and communities.

The SPF uses a five-step planning process to guide states, jurisdictions, tribes, and communities in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of effective, culturally appropriate, and sustainable prevention activities.

The SPF process:

  • Promotes youth development
  • Reduces risk-taking behaviors
  • Builds assets and resilience
  • Prevents problem behaviors across the life span of the programs

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SPF steps require states, territories, federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations, and communities to systematically:

The SPF is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention. Also, there is a series of guiding principles that can be utilized at the federal, state or tribal, and community levels.