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What Works

Strategies That Work

With emerging research on what works in prevention, we now know that there are several strategies that have proven to work:

  • Strengthening families, individuals and communities to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors;
  • Preventing specific conditions for those at high risk such as trauma in childhood;
  • Promoting positive behavioral health in schools, primary care settings and community programs;
  • Developing policy and enforcement changes to limit availability;
  • Increasing costs;
  • Increasing access to screening and brief interventions;
  • Maintaining laws such as the minimum drinking age of 21;
  • Monitoring and Influencing messaging via media, social networks,
  • Reducing alcohol advertising in public spaces and in areas commonly seen by minors (like transit systems);
  • Using social and ecological approaches to change norms and attitudes.

Preventive Interventions in Behavioral Health

  • Early, Intervention, Treatment, and Continuing Care
  • Effective Parenting
  • Health Promotion
  • Messages and Marketing
  • Policies and Enfocement
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Reducing Availability, Accessibility, and Affordability

Intervention Points Within the Community

  • Media Outlets
  • Retail Shops
  • School Settings
  • Home
  • Faith-Based Settings
  • Youth Groups
  • Health Care Settings
  • Social Service Settings
  • Civic Groups
  • Libraries
  • Hospitals
  • Out-Patient and Treatment Centers