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Isabel Burk, National Expert on Inhalant Prevention, reviews the value of the New England Coalition's approach.

Florence Seidell, former Project Coordinator, NE Inhalant Coalition, explains how the New England Coalition impacted the RADAR libraries.

Judith Fellows, Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant from Vermont, tells how Vermont substance abuse consultants have adapted regional presentations to meet local needs.

Melissa Heinen, New Hampshire Educator with the Northern New England Poison Center, discusses the value of regional trainings.

Key Activities | Challenges | What We Learned

Supporting Regional Efforts: Key Activities

“One of the things we tried to do is to figure out what can we do that can persist beyond the life of the grant, what can endure.”
- Howard Wolfe, Project Director

As staff of the New England Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition, we:

Provided training and technical assistance

  • We asked each state to send a cadre of hand-picked participants to a full day training of trainers. Follow-up showed that participants conducted presentations, informed school or government policies around inhalants, planned prevention programs, and disseminated materials and information.
  • We put in place a process to provide technical assistance on an as-needed basis and bring resources to and share information at task force meetings.
  • In Year One, we held an Inhalant Summit by invitation only with presentations by national experts on community-based and school-based approaches to inhalant abuse prevention.
  • In Year Two, we held a two day Inhalant Retreat, a planning and networking event intended to move the states toward sustainability beyond the life of our three-year grant.

Impacted distribution systems

  • We conducted a regional training for librarians of RADAR Network Centers (specialized free lending libraries) to guide them in the screening and selection of inhalant prevention videos, pamphlets and other materials.
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Developed tools and products

  • We lowered the cost of innovating, making it easy for people to adapt innovative best practices by creating packages for different audiences.

Provided ongoing communication

  • We created a regional Workgroup to advise and support the process that was happening at the individual state level. The regional Workgroup has been a sounding board for what kinds of products would be useful, what kinds of strategies are working or could work at the state level. One to three representatives from each state have met four times a year since the initial meeting in Oct 2003. The meetings have changed from face meetings to virtual teleconference meetings quarterly to accommodate limitations on out-of-state travel.
  • We set up a moderated Newsgroup on Yahoo for our partners around New England as a source for accurate information and best practices about inhalant abuse. We have 85 members, including national experts, who can post files, get questions answered, and receive updates and resources about inhalant abuse prevention.




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