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Pioneers of Prevention Convene to Discuss Blueprints for Violence Prevention


WHITE PLAINS, NY On April 8, 2010, the world's leading prevention scientists gathered for a panel discussion at the Blueprints Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The panel, titled "Blueprints: A 10-Year Retrospective and Look to the Future," aimed to review a decade of violence and substance abuse prevention efforts and to anticipate the challenges ahead. More than 700 delegates, including professionals working in the area of juvenile justice, violence and drug abuse prevention for youth, attended this conversation.

In the last ten years, the evidence-based prevention programs that Blueprints has cited as models have become the gold standard for policy-makers as the only logical and cost-efficient means by which to reduce violence and substance abuse in communities. However, funding is still scarce.

"In order to improve the quality of health in America and reduce future health care costs, it is vitally important that policy-makers and decision-makers promote the use of the most effective prevention programs available based on scientific evidence of what works," said panelist Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, developer of LifeSkills Training, a Blueprints model program for substance abuse and violence prevention. "Blueprints for Violence Prevention gives decision-makers the tools necessary to identify the most effective programs."

Other panelists included Clay Yeager (Moderator); David Olds, Nurse-Family Partnership; Mark Greenberg, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies; Mary Ann Pentz, Midwestern Prevention Program; Jim Alexander, Functional Family Therapy; Scott Henggeler, Multisystemic Therapy; Delbert Elliott, University of Colorado; and Shay Bilchik, formerly with the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention.

Established in 1996 at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Blueprints for Violence Prevention program monitors the effectiveness of prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse.

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About Botvin LifeSkills Training

About Botvin LifeSkills Training Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 25 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that LST can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80 percent. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of Cornell's Institute for Prevention Research. Dr. Botvin is also founder and president of National Health Promotion Associates which markets health materials. LST has been used with youth in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and in 32 countries around the world. LST is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (part of the U.S. Department of Justice). Recently LST was selected as a Top Tier prevention program by the Coalition for Evidence-based Policy, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization in Washington, DC.

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