Session Handouts are provided at the bottom of this article.
This one-day training will address the “WHY?” – why do these strategies matter and how they fit into the bigger picture across communities, state, and the nation. Best practices occurring across North Carolina will also be highlighted during the one-day training event. The training will also include a brief overview of environmental strategies, a review of project management approaches, with a significant focus on how to structure efforts to achieve maximum success.
Strategies: This portion provides a brief overview of what environmental strategies are and what the N.C. data shows the work being done in our communities. The top five environmental strategies being implemented in NC are: Lock your Meds, Lock Box Distribution, Medication Disposal, Permanent Lockboxes, and general Environmental Strategy (ES) planning.
Project Management: This portion provides a brief review of project management skills and tools – at the individual, program, and community level - that can be used to standardize and support the implementation of successful environmental strategy initiatives.
Structuring for Success: This portion focuses on the “Why?” behind the work being done in N.C. – why these strategies matter, how do they fit into bigger pictures across communities, the state, and the nation. It includes a panel discussion with CURES grantees and mentors as well as other prevention grantees who have implemented and seen success with their community projects and how they ensure the sustainability of initiatives and projects beyond funding.
Audience and Impact
This training is useful for CURES grantees and mentors, SAPTBG prevention grantees, grassroots programs and coalitions, individuals providing prevention in the community, and local management entities (LMEs). The topics provide an overview and background of North Carolina’s environmental strategy efforts, tools to supplement or strengthen those efforts, and “boots-on-the-ground” experience, examples, and guidance. The information gained during the training will lead to the development of action plans with tangible tasks and timelines.
The event is intended to serve the professional needs of moderate and/or advanced professionals or anyone interested in improving their ability to better manage community-based prevention efforts.