Abstract: The purpose of Hawaii’s Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success Project (HI-SPF-PFS) is to strengthen and enhance Hawaii’s prevention system to promote well-being and reduce the impact of underage drinking (UAD) among persons aged 9 to 20 in Hawaii’s communities. The project plans to align prevention priorities and the implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process to ensure effective prevention strategies and sustainable infrastructures. Mobilizing local communities to get involved in the components of the SPF: assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, evaluation, cultural competence and sustainability is key to impacting alcohol use across the state.
The goals of the HI-SPF-PFS are based in the belief that the strength and success of a comprehensive prevention system exist at the community level. The HI-SPF-PFS will: (1) Increase the capacity of communities to effectively prevent and reduce underage drinking, substance misuse and related issues at the local level; (2) Use the SPF to select and implement evidence-based programs, policies, and practices to best address prevention priorities for high risk communities and populations, and; (3) Align the prevention system's efforts to sustain community mobilization, collaboration and the delivery of strategies to prevent and reduce UAD, substance use and related problems in local communities.
HI-SPF-PFS will build upon the accomplishments of the SPF-SIG and 2013 SPF-PFS Grants and the current services provided by the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) to achieve the project’s goals. The SPF-PFS Project staff in collaboration with the Lead Evaluator, the Lead Epidemiologist, and the State Epidemiological Outcome Workgroup (SEOW) Lead Analyst will provide leadership to accomplish project goals and key activities during the award period.
The HI-SPF-PFS will build and strengthen collaboration among state agencies, stakeholders, and communities statewide concerning substance misuse and its associated consequences. By the end of the five-year grant period, a comprehensive, organized, effective, and data-driven prevention system should be in place.