The WV Partnerships for Success (PFS)
Angela Watkins, Kathy Brunty, and Cheryl Jonese
The WV Partnerships for Success grant prevention program aims to decrease underage drinking, intravenous drug use, and marijuana use among high-risk WV students aged 9-20, through selective and indicated prevention strategies informed by the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF); local, state, and federal data; and targeted and culturally and age appropriate evidence-based practices (EBPs).
West Virginia has a solid prevention foundation, and this SPF-PFS grant builds upon the state’s existing prevention infrastructure to strengthen and create new partnerships, bolster the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW), and enhance the overall strategic prevention framework processes at the state, regional, and county levels. Partnerships include, but are not limited to colleges, child-serving agencies, schools, and behavioral health providers.The WV prevention workforce and other key stakeholders (law enforcement, schools, community members, youth serving groups, physicians, families, and more) will plan, implement and sustain effective and culturally relevant evidence-based prevention practices, programs and policies to address underage drinking, marijuana use and intravenous drug use among persons aged 9-20.