Role of the Community Prevention Funding
The Wyoming Department of Health funds a community prevention grant program through a combined effort of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program, the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, and the Injury and Violence Prevention Program. Each County that receives community prevention funding has a Community Prevention Specialist (CPS) who works with local coalitions to strengthen the prevention efforts in their community. Their focus areas include alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and suicide prevention.
At both state and local levels, Wyoming employs a data-driven decision-making process. The ultimate goal is to create community-level change across Wyoming. Some requirements of each CPS is to collaborate with their local prevention coalitions and complete a comprehensive needs assessment that addresses all relevant data covering local demographics, socioeconomic conditions, community norms, and other risk/protective factors. The results of this assessment are used to create and implement local strategic plans that focus on policy changes, systems transformation, and mental health information dissemination.
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Community Prevention Specialists
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