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Prevention Collaboration in Action Toolkit


Stories of Success and Tools to Help You Get There

Effective prevention requires the involvement of multiple players, working together to address complex problems. This toolkit showcases some of the exciting ways prevention professionals are collaborating across communities and behavioral health fields to prevent substance use and misuse and promote overall health and wellness in their communities.

Read the grantee collaboration success stories and discover the factors that contributed to collaboration success. Then explore the toolkit's tools and worksheets, designed to help you initiate, strengthen, and maintain collaborative relationships in your own community.

Grantee Success Stories

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Making Prevention a Community Effort in Rural Arkansas

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Partnering with Purpose in the Carolinas

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Building Community Voices into Programming

Collaboration Tools

Collaboration Tools

We understand that every collaborative relationship is unique and will grow in its own way. To address the evolving needs of practitioners, the tools and worksheets in this toolkit are organized by five essential building blocks for successful collaborations. If you are new to collaboration, explore tools included under the first element—Understanding the Basics. If you are already collaborating with partners, browse the elements that correspond with where you are in the collaboration process. This just-in-time approach lets you access the information you need to move your prevention efforts forward.

Are you interested in collaborating—but still not sure what it's all about? Explore how and why people collaborate, opportunities for collaboration across SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework, and some of the core principles of successful collaboration.

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Getting the right partners on board takes careful planning. The tools in this section will help you develop a recruitment plan, make a strong case for involvement, and connect more effectively with specific groups of stakeholders.

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Your partners are on board—now what? Before the work begins, think through how your group will function, how decisions will be made, and what partners need to know—about the project and one another—to be productive and stay engaged.

Related Collaboration Tools

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