CALL FOR PROPOSALS
                              24 Annual National Prevention Network
                                 Prevention Research Conference
                               PREVENTION ON MY MIND
                                      September 21-23, 2011
                                           Atlanta, GA
Thank you for your interest in presenting at the upcoming 24th Annual National Prevention Network
(NPN) Prevention Research Conference. The conference is dedicated to Alcohol, Tobacco and Other
Drug (ATOD) prevention research and focuses on prevention theory and science; prevention research
findings and practical application; innovative approaches and emerging trends; and system partnerships,
infrastructure, and policies. Each year special interest areas are identified within this broader framework.
This year there is a dedicated emphasis on ensuring culturally competent and relevant services which is
woven throughout the conference and which all presenters are expected to integrate into their
workshops. Thus, in addition to technical/research merit and topical relevance, presentation proposals
will also be evaluated for cultural competence and relevance.

When preparing your presentation, please take into account the diversity of conference attendees, which
include representatives from an array of backgrounds, approaches, and disciplines. Conference
participants include, but are not limited to the following:

   • Prevention Practitioners
   • Prevention Evaluators/Researchers
   • State and Federal Policy Makers
   • National Prevention Network Members
   • National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors members and staff
   • Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program Administrators
   • Juvenile Justice Practitioners
   • Public Health Practitioners
   • Educators
   • Health Educators
   • Community Coalitions and Community Leaders

Given this diversity, presentations that are targeted for the beginning, intermediate, and/or advanced
prevention professionals are all welcomed. When submitting your workshop proposal, you will be asked
to note which of these three levels best fits your presentation.

Presentation sessions will be 90 minutes in length. Presentations are strongly encouraged to have no
more than three presenters. The average workshop is attended by 85 to 100 participants. When
submitting your presentation proposal you will be asked to note the primary format for your presentation
including the following: didactic presentation, panel presentation, interactive session, or combination.
Please note that all workshop sessions will be set in theatre style format.

The following core conference areas have been identified to assist in guiding presenters. When
submitting your proposal you will be asked to identify the primary and (if applicable) supplemental core
areas that pertain to your session. Potential presenters will also have the opportunity to propose and
identify “other” critical topic areas. The seven (7) major core area categories will be used to classify
presentations. The sub-categories are meant to provide examples of relevant topics for the core areas
and are not meant to limit presenters.

1) Selective and/or Indicated Populations/Communities in Transition
    Foster youth
    Homeless youth
    Youth and young adults engaging in high rate/binge use
    Military personnel and their families
    Veterans
    Individuals with disabilities
    Frontier/rural communities (and geographically isolated communities)
    Communities with high mobility (e.g. migrant and tourist communities)
    Older adults
    Eighteen to twenty-five age

2) Culturally Relevant Prevention
    Data/research that links identified issues to cultural influences (disparities, etc.)
    Incorporating culturally specific protective factors
    Effective programs and practices fidelity and cultural adaptations
    Developing and maintaining a culturally and linguistically competent prevention system
    Innovative approaches for sub-populations (ethnic-gender, sexual orientation, geographic)

3) Sustainability: Building Diverse Partnerships, Systems, and Policies
    Non-traditional prevention partnerships
    Sustainable partnerships and diverse systems
    Exploring continuum of services models
    Meta-logic models and community coalitions
    Community driven processes
    System-wide approaches to ensure culturally relevant and competent services
    Strategies that facilitate diverse partnerships

4) Critical Federal Guidelines and Initiatives: A focus on the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
   prevention model and Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)
    IOM: Ensuring a Spectrum of Need Driven Services
        Fitting the strategy to the need—evidence-based practices by Institute of Medicine (IOM)
        Strategies for determining need and risk levels from the individual to the community level
        Integrating the Institute of Medicine (IOM) population categories into needs assessment and
           planning efforts
        Creating a balance of Universal, Selective, and Indicated service strategies
        Linking funding strategies to need driven service levels
    Strategic Prevention Framework: A Focus on Implementation and Outcomes
        Integrating research into Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) implementation
        Utilizing Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) processes to create culturally competent and
           sustainable service systems
        Integrating data-driven and outcome-based objectives into contractual agreements
        Making needs assessment data useful to decision makers

5) From Research to Practice: Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)
    Selecting and adapting evidence-based practices
    Integrating evidence-based practices into comprehensive approaches
    Determining core components and principles of evidence-based practices
    Contextual factors for selecting and implementing, including relevance and appropriateness
    Replication studies of evidence-based practices in a variety of real world settings
    Ensuring the cultural relevance and competence of evidence-based practices
6) From Practice to Research: Innovative Approaches
    Environmental strategies to reduce binge drinking
    Strategies for adopting new community ordinances and/or policies
    Brief intervention approaches for working with high rate underage users
    Counter strategies for alcohol industry marketing
    Youth-led/driven services and evaluation
    New approaches for working in rural and isolated communities
    Innovative approaches for working with specific cultural and/or ethnic groups
    Use of GIS mapping to identify communities/merchants with high substance use/related incidents
7) Emerging Prevention Trends/Issues/Policies and Science Findings
    Prescription and over the counter drug abuse (particularly among youth and the older adult)
    Binge drinking (particularly among youth and young adults)
    Effects on brain development of underage drinkers
    Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance use on recent war veterans
    Emerging trends and impact of alcohol industry marketing
    Impact of discrimination, bias, and stigma on prevention issues
         Quality of the research basis of the proposal
         Relevance to the conference theme and core areas of focus
         Well-defined syllabus and learning objectives
         Extent to which issues of cultural relevance and competency are addressed
         Originality of presentation style and opportunity for participant involvement
         Review of previous presentation evaluation(s) of presenter if applicable

All presentation proposals are due by February 25, 2011. Electronic submissions are required. Please
complete the Call for Proposals form and submit through the on-line link at and
click on the Call for Proposals tab.
Thank you in advance for your submission. Selections will be made no later than April 19th, 2011.
For programmatic or content questions:

Rick Cady                            Chris Wood                           Garrison Gladfelter
NPN Program Committee Tri-           NPN Program Committee Tri-           NPN Program Committee Tri-
Chair                                Chair                                Chair
Oregon Department of                 Georgia Department of                Pennsylvania Department of
Human Services                       Behavioral Health and                Health
(503) 945-5727                       Developmental Disabilities           (717) 783-8200              (404) 657-2176             

For logistical questions: Lynn Beard, NPN Conference Coordinator, Phone: (405) 325-1446

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