Taking Prevention to the Next Stage: Linking Research to Practice – The Universal Prevention Curriculum

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Program in conjunction with Applied Prevention Sciences International (APSI) are offering a one-day seminar providing an introduction to the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC). The seminar, has two priorities for prevention excellence in Ohio: 1) effectively linking prevention science to prevention practice; and 2) connecting the myriad prevention programs and interventions implemented in your communities to move toward an integrated prevention system. The seminar will focus on a new training program on evidence-based prevention interventions and policies for prevention professionals. The UPC was developed by APSI, an Ohio-based not-for-profit organization with funding from the U.S. Department of State to build the capacity of prevention professionals across the world.

Register here.


Benefits of Attending

As you know, coordinated, effective prevention policies and practice, sustained over time and delivered with quality by trained prevention professionals, are key to our communities’ substance use and mental health challenges – from changing cannabis use, control regulations and norms to the plethora of problems created by opioid use. The report of the Ohio Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention and Education has recognized the importance of implementing evidence-based programs and policies and ensuring well trained prevention professionals coordinate and implement those services, whether in schools, workplaces, the broader community or other settings. 

Yet, our prevention professionals gain knowledge and skills in a hodge-podge manner. The field needs a way for prevention professionals to acquire a core of knowledge that sets the stage for effectively managing and executing a coordinated prevention plan that links comprehensive prevention  strategies across settings – while ensuring prevention science grounds all prevention practice. The UPC meets those needs.  In this seminar, you will be provided a roadmap to get to this next stage of prevention excellence in your board area.


Who Should Attend

Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board members and providers of substance use prevention services.


What to Expect

  • 8:30-9:15 Registration
  • 9:15-9:30 Welcome and Introductions of Presenters--Sonia Alemagno, Ph.D., Dean, College of Public Health, Kent State University
  • 9:30-9:45 Challenges to the Delivery of Prevention Services in Ohio 
  • 9:45-10:30 Introduction to Prevention Science
  • 10:30-10:45 BREAK
  • 10:45-11:15 Substance Use as a Developmental Problem and Etiology of Substance Use and Other Problem Behaviors
  • 11:15-12:00 Environments for Prevention Based on the Etiology Model
  • 12:00-1:15 LUNCH
  • 1:15-2:00 Substance Use Evidence Based Interventions and Policies
  • 2:00-3:00 The Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) and The Critical Themes – “Answering 10 Questions about UPC and Substance Use”
  • 3:00-3:15 BREAK
  • 3:15-4:00 Addressing the Challenges and Gaps for Substance Use Prevention in Ohio
  • 4:00-4:30 Building the Capacity of Ohio’s Prevention Professionals through UPC
  • 4:30-5:00 Open Discussion
  • 5:00 Adjournment



The seminar will take place in two locations on two separate dates.  

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Columbus OH at the Franklin County Public Health Department. Address 280 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Room location: West Conference Room located on the 1st floor.

The one-day seminar fee is $75*(payable to Applied Prevention Science International and collected at the time of the seminar registration). Your travel, meals (except refreshments at the breaks), and personal expenses are separate. Register prior to September 30, 2018 to guarantee access. We are limiting space for 50 persons per seminar. Registrations received after September 30 are approved based on availability. Register here. For more information about APSI, click here.


For questions, contact Anthony Coetzer-Liversage (acoetzer@kent.edu)