Minnesota Strategic Prevention Framework
Partnerships For Success Project

Minnesota, through its Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, will collaborate with the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, the State Advisory Council, the Evidence-based Practices Workgroup, and eight sub-recipient college campuses and coalitions to implement the Minnesota Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) Project to address underage drinking and marijuana use over the next five years.

More specifically, Minnesota’s SPF-PFS priorities will be: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 18 to 20; and 2) marijuana use among persons aged 18 to 25. Eight sub-recipient colleges, half four-year institutions, half two-year institutions, will be funded in two phases to implement the SPF process and address these priorities. Phase One will fund assessment, capacity building, and strategic planning activities. Utilizing a series of guidance documents, trainings, and individualized technical assistance, the state will guide sub-recipients through a process of examining, collecting, and analyzing new and existing data on the consumption, consequences, and risk factors associated with the two problem behaviors to develop local epidemiological profiles. Then, sub-recipients will utilize the data to prioritize risk factors or local conditions the coalitions hope to change. Sub-recipients will examine the conceptual and practical fit and evidence-base of potential programs, practices, and policies to select strategies to address the prioritized local conditions. Finally, sub-recipients will develop comprehensive strategic plans that will outline Phase Two (implementation phase) work. Community-specific strategic plans will also include a plan to address disparities by better serving high-risk sub-populations and groups requiring culturally-specific services, an evaluation plan, and a sustainability plan. The Minnesota Evidence-based Practices Workgroup will review these strategic plans to ensure the strategies selected will logically lead to change in the prioritized local conditions and problem behaviors. Once approved, sub-recipients will move onto Phase Two.

The primary populations served will be the 47,882 students enrolled in these eight colleges, but we expect that all individuals living, working, or spending time within these communities will benefit from their prevention efforts, creating a healthier environment for all. As year one will be dedicated to assessment, capacity building, and planning, no students will be directly served by the SPF-PFS; an estimated total of 95,764 students will be served in years two through five.

Minnesota’s SPF-PFS goals are to: 1) build off of the work of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) and expand the use of the SPF model at both the state and community levels; 2) build the state’s capacity to address substance abuse problems for which research and evidence-based prevention strategies are lacking (i.e. marijuana); and 3) leverage resources and collaborate with new partners to reduce prevalence rates of underage drinking among persons aged 18 to 20 and marijuana use among persons aged 18 to 25 in sub-recipient communities, and, over time, at the state level.

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For more information, please contact:

Annemarie L. Goldhorn, SPF Project Director, ADAD
Minnesota Department of Human Services
(651) 431-4239
Email: annemarie.goldhorn@state.mn.us