Implementing Community-Based Prevention Programming: A Review of the Literature
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- Stith, S., Pruitt, I., Dees, J. et al. J Primary Prevent (2006) 27: 599. doi:10.1007/s10935-006-0062-8
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In this review of literature we identify consensually validated conclusions and recommendations for implementing community based prevention programming. The general recommendations identified from the literature are as follows: (1) a community must be ready for a prevention program, (2) effective community coalitions must be developed, (3) programming must fit the community, (4) program fidelity should be maintained, and (5) adequate resources, training, technical assistance, and attention to evaluation are necessary. The existing research and expert opinion in the field of prevention science indicate that when these crucial recommendations are incorporated into community prevention practice, the effectiveness of prevention efforts is optimized.