Advocacy Toolkits and Resources

The Society for Prevention Research seeks to support our members’ engagement with their local, state and federal representatives, to increase the emphasis on research and prevention at all levels of government. Instead of building a comprehensive set of tools for members to use to advocate for Prevention Science, SPR has gathered a list of existing resources from similar professional organizations to leverage their efforts in their respective fields.

Below is a current alphabetical list of organizations with an existing advocacy or public policy outreach. Each of these resources may include the organization’s advocacy mission, policy briefs, lists of advocacy efforts, and some include action steps for members or the public to take to advocate on behalf of the organization’s mission.

SPR encourages you to engage with your local, state or federal representatives on topics that align with your expertise, to engage with the public policy process as an advocate to the extent that you’re able.

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AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (AERA)

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE (AAAS)

  • Force for Science Toolkit: https://www.aaas.org/resources/force-science-toolkit
    • Be an effective communicator
    • Organize events on campus
    • Work with the media
    • Volunteer in the classroom
    • Writing an engaging op-ed
    • Be an early-career science advocate
    • Work with faith communities

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (AFSP)

  • Be an advocate for suicide prevention and research https://afsp.org/advocate-for-suicide-prevention
    • Action Center (to see what bills are being tracked/need support)
    • Become an Advocate (sign up to get action alerts)
    • AFSP’s Public Policy Priorities
    • Resources for advocates (state and federal level
    • State Fact Sheets

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA)

AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION (APHA)

COMMUNITY ANTI-DRUG COALITIONS OF AMERICA (CADCA)

  • Practitioners and community focused prevention of substance use (https://cadca.org/policy/publicpolicy)
    • Legislative Process & Basics
    • Communication Tips
    • Federal Action Alerts
    • CADCA/Substance Use Prevention Priorities (funding for research, communities, and other policies)

CONSORTIUM OF SOCIAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATIONS (COSSA)

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA (MHA)

NATIONAL PREVENTION SCIENCE COALITION (NPSC)

RESEARCH 2 POLICY COLLABORATIVE (RPC)

PREVENT CANCER

  • Take Action to help prevent cancer through broad advocacy efforts at local, state, and national levels: https://www.preventcancer.org/advocacy/
    • Utilize the “Take Action” link to send messages to representatives on a variety of topics

RESEARCH!AMERICA

SOCIETY FOR COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND ACTION (SCRA)

SOCIETY FOR RESEARCH IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT (SRCD)

  • Learn more about policies and practices impacting the scientific community, follow their policy update, and/or look into the policy fellowship programs supported by the SRCD https://www.srcd.org/policy-engagement

THE SOCIETY FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY OF SOCIAL ISSUES (SPSSI)

TRUST FOR AMERICA’S HEALTH

  • Trust for America’s Health (https://www.tfah.org/) newsletter for breaking down, topics, calls to action

See an organization or advocacy group that’s missing? Or is there something that would be helpful in your advocacy for prevention science? Contact Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director, at jenniferlewis@preventionresearch.org.