Northeast Ohio Tri-County Prevention Infrastructure (TCPI) Project will use the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of alcohol, nicotine and marijuana use/abuse in people ages 9-20 in rural Geauga, Lake, and Portage counties, Ohio. The project will serve the approximately 70,000 youth residing in those counties. TCPI will work collaboratively with community partners, agencies and stakeholders in each community to develop, strengthen, enhance substance abuse prevention infrastructure. Existing prevention efforts in each target county are largely fractured and poorly coordinated and are often planned and implemented based on incomplete or outdated substance use/abuse data. Better coordination and shared use of existing and future resources that is informed by current and comprehensive substance use/abuse data will more effectively and efficiently guide prevention efforts. TCPI will assess and monitor each county at a macro and micro level. A Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning (BDA) system will be developed and implemented that will combine traditional epidemiological datasets with GIS-tagged (location) online and social media data. This will
allow for assessment and monitoring of each county in real-time to identify emerging substance use/abuse trends and related issues and map those trends and issues to specific locations (“hot spots”) in each county. Following the macro level assessment, qualitative data collection will be initiated in areas identified as “hot spots” to provide a narrative-rich deeper assessment of emerging substance abuse trends and related issues. Together, the macro and micro level assessments will provide relevant, comprehensive and current data to guide capacity building initiatives and well-informed prevention planning, which will be led by Prevention Outreach Coordinators (POCs). POCs will be trained and experienced prevention professionals that will be a shared resource for the three target counties. POCs will develop networks and partnerships and coordinate existing agencies, community members and coalitions to effectively and efficiently plan, implement and evaluate prevention efforts in each county.