Internet Applications to Improve Prevention Practice Workshop: Part 1, EMT Associates (emt.org)
The internet revolution brings new opportunities for improving efficiency and effectiveness in communication, decision making, collaboration, education and training, and data collection. These improvements are particularly important for prevention. Research increasingly demonstrates that effective prevention is comprehensive and community-based, and internet capacity has important advantages for dispersed activities that require coordination and involve many actors with modest resources. However, revolutions require change that can challenge habits and assumptions, and there are real tradeoffs concerning strengths of existing practice. If opportunities are to be optimized, these tradeoffs and challenges must be clearly acknowledged, improvements clearly identified, and methods for retaining the advantages of existing practices developed. This panel presentation includes cases in substance abuse prevention that demonstrate how the advantages of internet use can be achieved in social networking, online training, collaboration and decision making, and data collection.
The objectives of this workshop are to: (1) support participant interest in existing as well as new online workplace technologies by viewing their application in the field of prevention practice; (2) support informed decision-making about new or continued use of online workplace applications by allowing participants to rank their interest in panel subjects, which will determine the amount of time each panel subject receives; and (3) listen to participant experience with online workplace applications and provide expert feedback on choosing the best fit application and strategies to boost effectiveness.