Applied Prevention Science International (APSI) was established in 2013 to assist in helping international policy makers and practitioners to apply prevention science to address substance use and other behavioral problems. The goals are to help prevention practitioners to adopt, implement, and sustain evidence-based (EB) prevention interventions, surveillance systems, and evaluation approaches; and, thus, expand the availability of effective and efficient prevention services in communities in the U.S. and around the world. APSI works collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of select national and international professionals and experts in prevention research and practice to achieve these goals.
APSI leadership has been engaged in the challenge of communicating the outcomes of research to inform policy and practice since the early 1990’s. Dr. Sloboda, APSI President, was a founding member of both the U.S. and the EU Societies for Prevention Research in 1991 and 2010, respectively, which helped to form the evolving field of prevention science. These societies have helped to establish principles and definitions of this new field composed of scientists and practitioners who focus on the research and development of EB prevention interventions and policies. APSI leadership has also participated in the development of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) International Standards on Drug Use Prevention. This seminal publication, which summarizes the principles and strategies of EB prevention interventions for substance use, as well as other behavioral issues, was first published in 2013; and since been updated in 2018. In 2011, the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards were published that describe the competencies required to deliver EB interventions effectively by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
The publication of these resources encouraged Dr. Sloboda to explore the means to reach the practice community including prevention coordinators and frontline professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to implement EB prevention. With funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. Department of State, APSI coordinated the development of the Universal Prevention Curriculum Series to provide prevention professionals with the latest knowledge, skills, and competencies for implementing multiple EB prevention interventions and policies within their communities.
Through the past 5 years, APSI has been actively engaged in developing prevention systems and training prevention professionals in Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Caribbean. APSI is currently working in collaboration with the states of Utah, Ohio, and Colorado on prevention systems planning and implementation.
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