Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes when implemented in multiple real-life settings, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities.

An Efficacy Trial of the Hoʻouna Pono Drug Prevention Curriculum: An Evaluation of a Culturally Grounded Substance Abuse Prevention Program in Rural Hawaiʻi

Okamoto, S. K., Kulis, S. S., Helm, S., Chin, S. K., Hata, J., Hata, E., Lee, A. 

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Peer Review Study

Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Social and Community Context
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This practice details the use of a classroom based, culturally grounded curriculum to prevent substance use among rural Hawaiian youth. Youth were exposed to the curriculum over a period of 2 years, and although substance use increased among control and intervention groups, the intervention group had significantly smaller increases. The curriculum focuses on resistance skills training for middle school aged youth, using video vignettes of Hawaiian youth engaged in realistic drug-related problem situations. Similar approaches could prove useful when informing Hawaiian youth about COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, People Living in Rural Areas

Setting(s) of Implementation

Community, School

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