The Community Prevention Initiative (CPI) Connection highlights upcoming CPI events, resources, and learning opportunities for the California substance use disorder (SUD) prevention (Pv) field.
What's New from CPI Spring 2021
Project Announcements
» Resources from the 2020 CPI Virtual Regional Training | Trauma Informed Care: Research to Practice

Thank you for joining us in 2020 for our three, one-day regional trainings! These trainings examined complex topics related to “Trauma-Informed Care: Research to Practice” and provided participants with 1) an analysis of different types of trauma individuals and communities experience, 2) strategies for implementing a trauma-informed care approach, and 3) examples of what trauma-informed prevention services look like in practice. 

If you missed any part of this exciting event, recordings from all three sessions are now available! Additionally, the CPI Team has assembled a reading list that contains helpful resources referenced by presenters and participants during the course of the event. You can access those here: Resources Recommended by Presenters and Participants, Session 1 and Session 2.
Session 1: Trauma: Concepts, Principles, and Paradigms
Session 2: Trauma Informed Strategies and Approaches
Session 3: Trauma Informed Prevention in Action: Integrating Trauma-Informed Care Approaches in Prevention
» Coronavirus Update and Resources
The CPI Team will continue providing virtual services and supports as we move into 2021, and a calendar of upcoming trainings will be released in the near future! There is still space available for additional requests, so if there is a topic that you or your team would like to learn more about, please complete a technical assistance (TA)/training request on the CPI website.
To learn more about best practices and strategies that prevention providers can use during this period of physical distancing, take a look at Prevention Services within a Physically Distanced Environment, a brief that was generated from a series of CPI-facilitated county roundtables. The CPI Team extends wishes for continued health and safety of the SUD prevention workforce, youth, and families throughout California.
» New Social Media Tip Sheet from CPI
CPI developed a new tool for members of the prevention workforce to use as they create or expand their virtual engagement strategies. The Social Media Tip Sheet outlines key steps and considerations for planning, implementing, and evaluating effective social media campaigns. The Tip Sheet explores post types, helps readers understand social media goals and tools for measuring progress, and shares strategies for developing audience engagement.
» New Team Member Spotlight: Ayanna McGee
The CPI Team is excited to introduce its newest team member, Ayanna McGee, who joins the team as a project manager! Ayanna brings with her a broad base of experience in public health and expertise in program management, grant writing, and evaluation. She has worked across public and nonprofit settings, addressing a variety of issues, including youth and family development, food insecurity, homeless, and community building. Ayanna is excited to join CPI and looks forward to supporting the prevention field!
» Did You Miss It?

In the last issue of CPI Connection, CPI announced two great new resources: the Prevention 101 webpage, which offers resources and tools to enhance SUD Pv knowledge, and the Strategic Training and Education for Prevention Planning (STEPP) webpage, which shares resources counties can use while preparing and/or developing Strategic Prevention Plans.
Trainings and Technical Assistance
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» CPI TTA Services

Visit the CPI TTA Services webpage for information about no-cost CPI learning opportunities!
  • View the Events Schedule to register for upcoming webinars and trainings across California. 
  • Submit the TTA Request Form to receive support on a specific SUD Pv topic. Subject-matter experts provide TA at no cost to County Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health offices and many other organizations. 
  • Request a Training Certificate for completed CPI trainings and CEUs.
  • Watch Archived Webinars on an array of SUD Pv topics.

Please Note: Following state guidance, all CPI trainings and services are currently offered virtually only. On-site events and TA will resume in the future, in accordance with public health and safety guidelines.
CEUs are offered for a nominal fee through the following organizations: California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Visit the Information for Prevention Certification page to learn more.
» Identifying, Interrupting, and Transforming Inequities

The Community Prevention Initiative will be hosting a webinar series entitled, Identifying, Interrupting, and Transforming Inequities. The series will include three 90-minute, interactive webinars. The presenter, Dr. Gregory Peters, will review the concepts of bias and racial microaggressions and introduce San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools’ (SF-CESS) framework for interrupting and transforming inequities (Framework for Transformation); specifically, racial inequities. Dr. Peters will engage participants through radical discourse and practice using probing questions to begin this radical discourse in real time.

Session 1: Identifying and Transforming Bias and Racial Microaggressions
April 7, 2021 • 10:000 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Session 2: Engaging in Radical Discourse to Interrupt Inequities
April 21, 2021 • 10:000 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Session 3: Committing to and Maintaining a Culture of Inquiry and Anti-Racism
May 5, 2021 • 10:000 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Learn more about the webinar series and register for Identifying, Interrupting, and Transforming Inequities here

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About the Presenter:

Dr. Gregory Peters is a school reform leader with a longstanding history working within both local and national efforts. As Principal of San Francisco’s Leadership High School, Gregory and his teachers effectively created a National Demonstration and Mentor School to close the racial achievement gap.

Building from his successful experiences and results, Gregory leads The San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools. Established in 2005, the coalition commits “to interrupt and transform current and systemic educational inequities to ensure all students have access to personalized, equitable, and high performing schools that believe and demonstrate each student can, should and will succeed.” Towards this mission, Gregory facilitates equity-focused, educational transformation instruction throughout the nation.

Gregory’s instructional expertise and leadership in curriculum, school design data-based inquiry, and equity-centered professional development resulted in many recognitions including CESN’s “Commitment to Equity Award” and CANEC’s “Innovations in Excellence Award.“

Gregory earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership & Social Justice from California State University, East Bay in 2012. His dissertation focused on Teacher Transformation.
» Brief Intervention (BI) for Substance Using Adolescents: Professional Competency Training

April 29-30, 2021 • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. OR June 24-25, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
*You only need to attend the April or June sessions, not both.

This training is to build skills of counselors working with adolescents. BI is a short-term counseling intervention that consists of two to four sessions aimed at adolescents who use alcohol and/or other drugs. This approach uses motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy and the stages of change model to meet the needs of adolescents. Please provide your mailing address to receive a copy of the workbook.

County Spotlight
Does your county have an SUD Pv success story, event, or practice to share?
Email Erika Green ( so that CPI can feature your county in a future CPI Connection!
Prevention News
Visit the CPI website for ongoing Prevention News and CPI announcements!
» Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, Virtual

April 5-8, 2021

This year’s Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit is led by a multi-disciplinary group of experts from across the nation, and it provides an extensive educational experience for an array of stakeholders, including public health and prevention officials, lawmakers, and educational specialists and researchers. This four-day event provides an opportunity to share strategies with decision-makers and allied professionals, as well as the chance to learn about what is working in prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.

» Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 2021 Annual Meeting: American Racism and Disparities when Considering Biology and Context

Washington D.C. | June 1-4, 2021

Mark your calendars for the Society for Prevention Research’s (SPR) 29th Annual Meeting, which will be held June 1-4, 2021. This year’s theme is “Addressing Racism and Disparities when Considering Biology and Context.” Within the context of a global pandemic and increased focus on public health and health equity across the world, the role of prevention science is of upmost importance. This year’s conference theme aims to highlights the value of a more holistic view in prevention research. It will challenge prevention scientists to think about how biological and contextual factors can be integrated within research focused on the promotion of human health, well‐being, and equity. The SPR Annual Meeting provides a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields. In doing so, it provides a forum for communication between scientists, public policy leaders, and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health.

» Policy Brief: Substance Use Prevention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this three-page policy brief, Carnavale Associates makes recommendations for how prevention professionals can continue or modify their work during the pandemic. It describes short- and long-term needs for prevention, and it includes a focus on the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) during the pandemic.
The policy brief can be accessed on the Carnavale Associates’ website.
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