2017 Presidents Challenge


Primary Prevention

Resources, tools, and strategies to reduce the need to self-medicate, control access to addictive substances, and promote protective factors.

Science-Based Approaches

Addressing HIV and Drug Use in Indiana: A Systems Approach
This case study from ASTHO describes how the Indiana State Department of Health addressed an HIV outbreak in Scott County.

Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
This report reviews research on substance misuse and describes how states can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
A searchable online registry of more than 200 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse: Programs and Strategies
Summarizes strategies and programs to prevent the non-medical use of prescription drugs, as well as guidelines for using this information for prevention planning efforts.

Research Support for Comprehensive Community Interventions to Reduce Youth Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use and Abuse
Describes both environmental and policy efforts and individually-focused prevention efforts to reduce substance abuse population-wide.

Healthy Families and Communities

ASTHO Essentials for Childhood Policy Guide
This report describes strategies to increase economic support for working families, expand access to quality childcare and education, and promote flexible, family-friendly workplace policies.

Prevention Collaboration in Action Toolkit
A toolkit showcasing stories of how practitioners work together to prevent substance abuse, and over 30 tools and worksheets to help communities collaborate.

Applying SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework
Prevention professionals can use this framework as a comprehensive guide to plan, implement, and evaluate prevention problems.

Prevention Institute’s Spectrum of Prevention Tool
Promotes a range of activities for effective prevention and helps people move beyond the perception that prevention is simply education.

Prevention Training Now!
SAMHSA’s online training portal for members of the general public who are interested in prevention.

Prevention Institute’s Collaboration Multiplier
Based on the understanding that multiple sectors often have different reasons for engaging in the same effort, this tool helps partners identify shared outcomes, strengths, and strategies to advance their priorities simultaneously.

Substance Abuse in Rural Areas Models and Innovations
Stories from Rural Health Information Hub feature evidence-based examples, model programs, and strategies for reaching youth and families in rural communities.

Community Benefit and Local Substance Use Prevention
Examples of Community Benefit collaborations between community coalitions and non-profit hospitals.


Shatterproof: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Guide
Features Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) practices and policies that states can adopt.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Postcard
An overview of states that are implementing strategies to curb opioid abuse and how they are strengthening PDMPs.

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Webinar Series: Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
Emphasizes data-driven approaches on initiating opioids for chronic pain, assessing risks and addressing harms of opioid use, and discontinuing opioid therapies when appropriate.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
Provides recommendations for prescribing opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Tools for Education, Epidemiological Surveillance, Prevention, and Early Intervention
To encourage wider use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in public health, this ASTHO issue brief offers recommendations for state health departments on using PDMPs to improve public health.

Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies
CME programs on the safe and effective use of opioids for treatment of chronic pain.

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use
Interactive training that teaches healthcare providers how to make decisions about preventing adverse drug events related to opioid use.

Early Childhood

Prevention Research Centers Webinar: Preventing Risk Behavior by Building Resilience Among Youth
Learn how state health agencies can collaborate with educational and tribal health agencies to implement programs that increase protective factors and prevent youth health risk behavior.

Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Package
A collection of strategies and approaches to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Essentials for Childhood Framework: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing, Relationships and Environments
Intended for communities committed to the positive development of children and families and to preventing child abuse and neglect.

CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Infographic
An infographic on the prevalence of ACEs and their relationship to health outcomes.

CDC VetoViolence ACEs App
Information on the impact of ACEs and how they can be prevented.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System ACEs Module
A module adapted from the original CDC-Kaiser ACE Study that states can add to their BRFSS questionnaires.

State Policies Addressing Child Abuse and Neglect
Outlines innovative approaches that public health advocates, community leaders and policymakers can employ to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
Describes specific early childhood interventions targeting individual, family, school, and community precursors of drug use and addiction.

How State Health Departments Can Use the Spectrum of Prevention to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Case examples and a suggested framework for states to consider when addressing neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Parental Substance Use and the Child Welfare System
Provides information about the intersection of substance use disorders and child maltreatment and presents prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies, including examples of effective programs and practices.

Substance Exposed Infants In-Depth Technical Assistance
Learn how six states are strengthening collaboration and linkages across child welfare, addiction treatment, medical providers, early child care and education systems. This initiative is supported by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare and SAMHSA.

Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works
Trust for America’s Health recommends moving toward a prevention-oriented approach to substance misuse, and explores policies and promising programs to improve the well-being of America’s youth.

CADCA’s Online Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit
Based on CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change, this updated toolkit contains facts, strategies, and tools to prevent prescription drug misuse.