Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG)
Bureau of Community-Based & Primary Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois has 20 Illinois Strategic Prevention Framework (ISPF) programs in operation in the 2008-09 fiscal year. ISPF grantees are in partnerships with a local coalition to utilize the Framework's process to target the misuse of alcohol in their community: underage drinking, binge drinking or alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths.
The Strategic Prevention Framework is five components designed to assist the State and communities build capacity and the infrastructure necessary to implement and sustain culturally competent and effective prevention policies, practices and programs.
The work of the SPF SIG grant includes the Statewide Advisory Council (SAC) and its Statewide Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW); a multi-agency collaborative of State partners such as the Department of Public Health, the Department of Human Services, State Police, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Board of Education, as well as local community based providers and state-wide organizations. The purpose of the collaboration is to allow State agencies to maximize efforts by encouraging linkage with other state efforts.
The charge of individual ISPF sites is to address the misuse of alcohol in their community through culturally competent and sustainable evidence-based environmental strategies (scientifically proven efforts that change entire populations) such as policy efforts, enforcement efforts, community-wide social marketing, and alcohol beverage server training. The work of each community is accomplished through community coalitions.
Illinois has 20 ISPF sites in operation in the 2008 - 09 program year located in every IDHS region of the state.
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The program provided training to approximately 50 community stakeholders from around the state in the first three components of the SPF: assessment, capacity building and strategic planning as well as cultural competency and sustainability.
Participation in local data collection through the Illinois Youth Survey doubled through the efforts of the ISPF Project Coordinators and their coalition members (2008 participation compared to 2006).
The Statewide Epidemiology Workgroup will provide direction to both the SPF and the new Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder grant program therefore maximizing efforts by linking the two projects.
Some communities were successful in changing local ordinances and/or policies governing responsible beverage server training or social host ordinances in order to reduce retail and social access to alcohol by minors, reduce binge drinking in the adult population and reduce alcohol related injuries and car crashes.