Prevention and Health Equity

At SPIFFY, health equity is at the core of our substance misuse prevention efforts. Our approach is restorative: we aim to implement collaborative, community-driven prevention strategies that course-correct past and current societal harms, including systemic oppression and disenfranchisement, that reverberate through the lives of all people regardless of social status.


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Prevention and Health Equity

We believe that interrupting historical biases and redressing systems of oppression not only empowers groups who have faced marginalization, but also bolsters those who have experienced less systemic hardship. In other words, by purposefully attending to the needs of communities who have been systematically excluded and ignored, we believe we can alleviate disparities and develop effective prevention strategies that strengthen all populations throughout Hampshire County. Addressing the structural roots of substance misuse is at the fulcrum of SPIFFY’s substance use prevention efforts; and without this equity perspective, we would be wholly amiss. 

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Prevention and Health Equity Resources

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Health Equity and the Shift in Prevention Work
  • Targeted Universalism Resources
    • Targeted universalism is a middle ground between universal policies that treat everyone equally and targeted policies that often exclude many. (Resource link)
    • Targeted Universalism Policy & Practice Primer (Resource link)
    • “Targeted Universalism: Our Path Forward” (National Equity Project blogpost) (Resource link)
  • Social Determinants of Health (Resource Link)
  • Restorative Prevention: How Centering Equity in Primary Prevention Can Build Healthy Communities and Prevent Substance Misuse – A mental framework (Resource link)
  • Liberatory Design Deck (Resource link)
  • Health Equity Toolkit: Use this tool to organize your group’s big picture thinking about health equity (Resource link)
  • ETR’s Health Equity Framework: Interactive Tool (Resource link)
  • National Equity Project: Equity Tools (Resource link)
  • TED Talk: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong (Video link)
  • Lane County Equity Lens Toolkit (Resource link)
  • Why Systems Changes that Address Risk and Protective Factors? (Resource link)
  • Upstream River Story (Video link)
  • Prevention Learning Portal (Resource link)
  • Undoing the Drivers of Health Inequity (Resource link)
Race and Health Equity
  • Washington Race Equity and Justice Toolkits (Resource link)
  • Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (Resource link)
  • The 2023 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit (Resource link)
  • The Mental Health Toolkit for Black Youth (Resource link)
  • Black Mental Health Matters: A Resource Guide for Black History Month (Resource link)
  • 55 Mental Health Resources for People of Color (Resource link)
  • Widening the Lens: Exploring the Role of Social Justice and Racial Equity in Suicide Prevention (Resources link)
  • The Drug Industry’s Racist Tactics:
    • Menthol and Black Communities (Resource link)
    • Will Jones III: Legalizing Marijuana isn’t about Social Justice (Resource link)
    • African American Tobacco Industry Impact Factsheet (Resource link)
    • Racial Disparities in California’s Marijuana Arrests: When the Smoke Clears (Trailer to mini Film series) (Video link)
    • “Big Tobacco Has Spoken | READ BETWEEN THE LIES | truth” – Truth Initiative video about what big tobacco has said about the Black community (Video link)
    • Black Lives Black Lungs (Video link)
  • Race and Health Equity Resource Guide: This resource guide has been developed by the PHIWM Board’s Race & Health Equity Committee. The Race and Health Equity committee strives to support the work of PHIWM and the board members by offering training opportunities and leading discussions around race and health equity through a variety of formats. Through discussions, activities, and the development of a resource library, the committee works to support professional development and personal growth of board members by fostering a learning community. This resource guide is designed to support this work. These resources were gathered from various platforms that lend differing perspectives and scholarly insights. (Resource link)
LGBTQ+ and Health Equity
  • Learn about LGBTQ+ ACEs (Resource link)
  • Supporting Black LGBTQ+ Youth (Resource link)
  • Reducing Inequalities Between Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Adolescents and Cisgender, Heterosexual Adolescents (Resource link)
  • Gender Identity toolkits (Resource link)
  • Preventing Substance Abuse Among Lgbtq Teens Report (Resource link)
  • Well-Being, Resilience, and LGBTQI+ Activism (Resource link)
  • Identifying the Intersection of Trauma and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Part I: Key Considerations
    • Addresses why providers should ask about sexual orientation and gender identity, identifies the intersection of trauma, sexual orientation and gender identity, and provides goals for the screener. This resource also includes what studies have revealed about LGBTQ+ youth and trauma and key implementation considerations for trauma-informed organizations and providers. (Resource link)
  • National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021 (Resource link)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) SAMHSA Resources (Resource link)
  • Gender Spectrum 
    • Gender Spectrum provides a variety of educator tools for creating gender inclusive classrooms. They also have resources for youth, families, and youth serving providers. They have incredible tools and resources to help provide support for trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive students (like their Gender Support Plan) and other resources! Besides this work, they have a variety of programs to support families and caregivers on a national level through groups, webinars, and more! (Resource link)
Indigenous and Health Equity
  • Native Lands: “Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as our map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide.” (Resource link)
  • A guide to Indigenous land acknowledgement (Resource link)
  • Beyond land acknowledgement: A Self-Assessment (Resource link)
Talking about Racism
  • Black Minds Matter Interrupting school practices that disregard the mental health of Black youth. (Resource link)
  • 16 Resources on Talking to Students About Police Killings and Racism (Resource link)
  • Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids (Resource link)
  • Talking About Racism and Violence: Resources for Educators and Families (Resource link)
  • 6 ways to build more equitable learning environments (Resource link)
  • Equitable Learning Environment Library of resources (Resource link)
  • Black Student Voices: What Educators Should Know (Resource link)
  • 21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids (Resource link)
  • Systemic Racism Explained (Resource link)
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