Key Principles of Our System of Prevention

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Building A System of Prevention:
A Foundation for the Future

We see children and youth in the context of their families, and we see families in the context of their neighborhoods and communities. A strong systems approach to prevention includes strategies that build on the strengths of individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities.

We believe in a collaborative and integrated approach to achieving our goals. The work goes beyond cooperation, to foster an interconnected system with common goals and shared outcomes.

Our system is built upon evidence and outcome-based practices with an emphasis on program and system-level evaluation and data-driven decisions.

Our strategies should address subpopulations where need is highest and take into account disparities and inequities related to race, ethnicity, geography, and socio-economic status. As such, our programs, policies, structures, and services should be competent and responsive to the diverse populations making up and enhancing our county.

We believe in a partnership between government agencies and the community. Policies and practices that engage community in developing and implementing strategies build capacity and ensure sustainability.

Our system is made up of many complementary and synergistic practices. Multiple levels of intervention are often required, as one size does not fit all.

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