The Tribal Youth Program (TYP) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Center addresses the need to strengthen American Indian and Alaska Native juvenile justice and other systems–education, mental health and social services, culture, recreation and employment programs–all critical to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s mission of reducing juvenile delinquency, violence, child victimization, and increasing the safety of tribal communities.
Through the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, EDC helps college and community leaders develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence.
The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (National Center) provides technical assistance and training to 106 federally funded Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grantees and 6 Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) grantees.
Specifically, the National Center provides technical assistance for an array of culturally competent, in-person, and electronic services to assist grantees in planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining program activities.
Heroin is the most commonly used illicit drug in Vietnam. In support of the work of Family Health International (FHI) in Vietnam, EDC is providing training and technical assistance on group facilitation skills to leaders of peer-support groups for recovering heroin addicts.
Teenage Health Teaching Modules (THTM) is a successful, nationally-used, and independently evaluated comprehensive school health curriculum for grades 6 to 12. It provides adolescents with the knowledge and skills to act in ways that enhance their immediate and long-term health. The evaluation of THTM concluded that the curriculum produced positive effects on students’ health knowledge, attitudes, and self-reported behaviors.
The Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) provides responsive, tailored, and outcomes-focused training and technical assistance to prevent and reduce substance abuse and associated public health issues.
Funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA/CSAP), CAPT:
dot-EDU was an information and communication technology (ICT) intervention mechanism for USAID Missions seeking to improve education systems in their respective countries. dot-EDU sought to assist developing countries in strengthening learning systems that improve quality, expand access, and enhance equity through carefully planned applications of digital and broadcast technologies. The dot-EDU mission had two foci. First, dot-EDU provided training and technical assistance to support USAID Missions in developing and implementing technology-assisted applications.
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HHD is conducting research and developing new tools for substance abuse treatment and prevention, focusing specifically on the immigrant experience. HHD researched, and developed expertise in, the intersection between immigration, acculturation, and substance abuse. Based on its findings, HHD produced a Web site, Connecting Across Cultures–Promoting the Health of New Americans, which contains informational materials designed to increase understanding about substance abuse and the immigrant experience.
EDC will produce two new 10-15 page publications—one specifically targeted for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and the other for their families. They will be based on the VA National Center for PTSD’s successful publication for war veterans, “Returning from the War Zone”.
The MetroWest Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a 10-year initiative of the Massachusetts-based MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation to better understand and address the health needs of adolescents in the region.
Surveys are conducted biannually with middle and high school students and focus on issues such as:
Leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescents
EDC is working with the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) to support the national implementation of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) within the Veterans Health Administration.
EDC will develop print, video, and online training materials for CPT, as well as conduct a national survey of returning veterans to assess issues related to military sexual trauma.