The Strategic Prevention Framework Of Oklahoma Department Of Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services

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This article starts by stating that substance abuse is a significant problem in Oklahoma, to tackle this Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services aimed to handle these problems using the Strategic Prevention Framework to empower local communities and help in implementing prevention strategies based on epidemiological data by establishing the Regional Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (REOW) network. Seventeen REOWs across the state assist to identify and use community resources for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting epidemiological data to calculate the burden of substance abuse problems and the associated intermediate variables. The concerns identified among various public health areas can help different community sectors define their strategy and focus on key problems in their areas. The REOW network brings awareness more effectively and efficiently to communities about eminent dangers posed by different health-related problems and behaviors. (API Ikkada PETTU Bharre)
This paper mentions about the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) which focuses on addressing the problems by empowering community coalitions, through a network of 17 funded organizing agencies noted as Regional Prevention Coordinators (RPCs), throughout the state. The Framework follows a public health way to substance abuse prevention and comprises of an ordered five-step process of assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation of evidence-based practices, and…

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