*Pre-Conference Workshops

Free SPR Virtual Training “Pre-conference” Workshops. Register Today!

We are pleased to offer virtually three of the “Pre-Conference” Workshops that had been planned for the May 2020 conference.
All workshops are FREE and require registration.

PC Workshop I

(two  half-days), Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and Thursday, August 13, 2020

August 11, 2020, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST

August 13, 2020, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST (Corrected time)

Synthesis of Datasets to Understand Risk and Prevention of Important Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Health Outcomes. (To register select: Synthesis of Datasets).

The purpose of this workshop is to encourage research to integrate/harmonize existing data sets from preventive intervention trials implemented early in life and administrative data (e.g., national death index, child welfare, criminal justice, etc.) to: 1) examine risk and protective factors relevant to later mental health outcomes in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood that could become targets of prevention; and 2) determine whether preventive interventions delivered earlier in life have long-term effects, and cross-over effects (e.g., unanticipated beneficial effects), on important MEB health outcomes. (more details)

PC Workshop II

(half-day), Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, EST

Photovoice for Social Action and Social Justice. Promoting Cultural Competence and Place-Based Prevention Science. (To register select: Photovoice)

Our team’s collective work exemplifies the 3rd Training Needs Assessment Task Force (TNATF)-identified theme: cultural competence and community collaborations. Our projects focus on culture as the foundation of health, such that privileging the culture of the communities with whom we work will promote health equity and provide an avenue for eliminating health disparities. Photovoice is a collaborative approach to social justice – community members work together to identify their concerns and solutions, while prevention scientists may collaborate via the role of facilitator. As facilitators, we must recognize and revisit our own cultural backgrounds, foregrounds, and trajectories as a precursor to working with others in this manner. Place and culture are linked, and therefore place matters in health and prevention science. These ideas continuously are presented and interrogated throughout the workshop. (more details)

Pre-Conference Workshop III

(two half-days) Monday, August 24, 2020, and Tuesday, August 25, 2020

August 24, 2020, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

August 25, 2020, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Community Partnered Research to Promote Health Equity (To register select: Health)

Addressing health disparities requires innovative community-based research, prevention, and intervention approaches to build collective strength. This workshop describes a community building approach to reducing disparities in Allegheny County through The Pittsburgh Study (TPS), a longitudinal, community partnered intervention study spanning pregnancy through adolescence that aims to understand and optimize child health and thriving. Through this applied example and a combination of individual and group-based experiential learning methods, this workshop will address several key themes for community partnered research, including building equitable, ethical partnerships with historically disadvantaged communities, strengthening community partnerships through shared decision-making, and co-producing prevention research goals and interventions with communities. The learning objectives for workshop participants are to:

  1. Describe current frameworks of community engagement focusing on cultural humility and building community assets and collaborations (Session 1).
  2. Explain how context powerfully shapes health and how to integrate contextual influences into research (Session 2).
  3. Utilize tools to ethically and equitably build research partnerships through leadership and training (Sessions 3-5).
  4. Assess current measures of community engagement and develop skills in conducting ethical evaluations of community programs (Session 6). (more details)