The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) uses a five-step process known to reduce risk-taking behaviors and prevent adverse behavioral health outcomes across the lifespan. The idea behind the SPF is to use the findings from public health research along with evidence-informed strategies to build capacity and decrease risk factors within communities.
Throughout all five steps, coalitions must address issues of sustainability and cultural competence. These steps require grantees to systematically:
- Assess their prevention needs based on epidemiological data
- Build their prevention capacity
- Develop a strategic plan
- Implement effective community prevention strategies
- Evaluate their efforts