The SPF requires states and communities to systematically:
- Assess their prevention needs based on epidemiological data,
- Build their prevention capacity,
- Develop a strategic plan,
- Implement effective community prevention programs, policies and practices, and
- Evaluate their efforts for outcomes.
Ohio's prevention priorities are to:
- Increase access to prevention services by enhancing prevention infrastructure,
- Prevent or reduce consequences of underage drinking for persons aged 12 to 20, and
- Reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 20.
Ohio’s PFS will help build an integrated public health infrastructure that more efficiently leverages prevention resources to support the alignment of prevention priorities from multiple systems at the community and state levels. This expanded infrastructure and increased workforce capacity will lead to an increased use of evidence-based programs, policies, practices and strategies to impact individual and community level change and ensure that Ohio's Appalachian and rural populations have equitable access to culturally competent prevention services.
For more information on Ohio’s SPF go to Ohio SPF.