Prevention is Defined in Three Sections.
- Universal Population
- Selected Population
- Indicated Population
Universal prevention education is targeted to the whole population. This type of education can be in the form of brochures, advertisements in the paper or on buses, as well as public presentations.
Selected population prevention is geared towards working specifically with schools, businesses to provide education in the form of presentations, or group sessions with youth.
These are typically youth that are referred for prevention education and are referred by juvenile justice, schools, or chemical dependency counselors.
What Makes Us Stand Out?
The prevention department does not charge for their services. Prevention can be offered in many forms such as public presentation, coalition building activities, grant writing, a school resource and information dissemination.
There are currently no other certified prevention specialists working in the school districts. Certification is essential in order to prevent further harm.
Where Can I Find More Information?
For more information on other Gambling Prevention Programs refer to Lane County.
Resources and information regarding Suicide Prevention can be found at Oregon Partnership.
For youth drug and alcohol information we refer to Above The Influence.
For parents we refer to Samhsa.
How Do We Impact The Community?
Several of the tasks that fall into the prevention programming are Suicide Prevention, Gambling Prevention, Community Coalition building, and general Alcohol, Tobacco and other drug education. The impacts can be measured through the Oregon Wellness Results. Advertisements on local buses, brochures and ads in the paper are a little more difficult to measure the impact although we can track the approximate amount of people who see the ads or how many brochures that have been distributed.
The indicated population receives approximately 12 sessions regarding the topic they are referred for. Prevention program manager chooses and evidence based and scientifically proven strategy that will show measured changes once completed.
Several of the tasks that fall into the prevention programming are Suicide Prevention, Gambling Prevention, Community Coalition building, and general Alcohol, Tobacco and other drug education. The impacts can be measured through the Oregon Wellness Results. Advertisements on local buses, brochures and ads in the paper are a little more difficult to measure the impact although we can track the approximate number of people who see the ads or how many brochures that have been distributed.
How Do We Affect Oregon?
Tracking changes in Oregon Wellness results has been the main method of addressing the needs of the youth and focusing efforts to reduce risk factors. You can view the risk and protective model here.
In one Columbia County school district, great strides were made in sustaining a program after grant dollars expired. The school completed the last year of the grant to administer athletic drug testing and decided that they couldn't budget for the program on their own. One school year went by in which several athletes began using prescription drugs. The school administration contacted County Prevention and requested a proposal to re-instate drug testing.
In the meantime, the Oregon Wellness survey showed that there was a significant increase in Substance use during the time frame without drug testing. Now the school district adds drug testing to their budget because of the value they observed. Drug testing is a deterrent and not a form of prevention.