Center for Housing and Community Engagement

Data Tools & Resources for Partnership for Success Grantees


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SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)

The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a planning process for preventing substance use and misuse. The five steps and two guiding principles of the SPF offer prevention professionals a comprehensive process for addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their communities.

The purpose of this project has been to support the Partnership for Success Sites in their Behavioral Health Disparities Initiative. This effort utilizes experience gained in supporting rural initiatives, data and evaluation, and providing technical assistance to foundations, non-profits, health services, and governmental agencies.

UNCG-CHCS Webinars for PFS Sites


Coalition Building

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Community Asset Mapping

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Conducting Social Research

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 Community Profiles

Telephone interviews with PFS Site Coordinators were conducted between 4/14/17 and 5/17/17 by Ms. Rachel Ryding and Mr. Chase Holleman. The aim of the interview was to inform the Strategic Prevention Framework trainings and technical assistance that is being provided by Center for Housing and Community Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Especially relevant was the community’s drug misuse narrative, success stories, barriers to achieving prevention, the resources available to reduce the misuse of prescription drugs, and the sources of information and data sites are using to assess the impact of the Partnerships’ prevention actions. A report of findings was shared with the SPF-PFS State Grant Coordinator and the Insight PFS Grant Manager.


Youth Population Cabarrus County

In April-May, Dr. Stephen Sills and UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies GIS Specialist, Ms. Meredith DiMattina, compiled secondary data from a variety of federal, state, and regional data sources and authored a brief analysis and Geographic Information Systems mapping for each of the PFS counties. A draft report of sociodemographic information, or “Community Snapshot”, was compiled. This snapshot provided useful information in understanding the causal factors that contribute to the increasing opioid use among 12-24 years olds in rural areas.

The profiles, interview results, report, and additional materials may be accessed here: Community Profiles and Resource Packet


Dr. Sills presenting a case study of the impact of the rural opioid epidemic.

Training Conference – Using Data To Develop Your Local Narrative On Behavioral Health Disparities May 30-31, 2017

The UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies recently hosted a two-day training (see Training Program here) on how to use data to inform local coalitions regarding behavioral health disparities in the prevention of opiate prescription misuse.


Dr. Villalba talking about behavioral health disparities in Latino communities.

The goal of the training was to provide a set of information gathering and prevention strategy development tools that participants could take back and use in their communities to reduce disparities in prescription medication misuse and its consequences.

Participants developed an explanatory narrative about the issues of prescription misuse in their community – one that identifies likely causal factors for its increase, conditions that contribute to its sustainability, and the population groups most vulnerable to engaging in drug misuse.


Ms. Rachel Ryding moderating a panel on How Prevention Fits Into The Continuum Of Care in Rural Communities.

The training also introduce participants to examining relationships among factors as increasing or decreasing the likelihood of prescription drug misuse, and as means of representing where the misuse is occurring (via Geographical Information System mapping).

Over the course of the two-day period, the participant heard from nine speakers and participated in four breakout activities. An online folder of all presentation materials and handouts was provided to each of the 59 participants.


Characteristics of Drug Use Prevention Survey

UNCG-CHCS also conducted a brief “Characteristics of Drug Use Prevention in Your County” survey with the sites to help inform further technical assistance. Interestingly, many coalition members were not able to answer basic questions about the nature of prescription drug misuse in their communities with more than 40% or more of the respondents indicating they did not know the answer to important factors related to use. These items should give us some material to work with the sites regarding information access and analysis.

Building Your Community Asset Map Using ArcGIS Online

Based upon interest expressed from the PFS Sites, a training manual was developed for assisting communities in building an online asset map using free ArcGIS software. This step-by-step guide provides background on asset mapping, how to create a map online, the kinds of information that should be included, resources for adding data layers, and images depicting each step of building the map.  You may download the Training Manual and Excel Tool.

Map of Treatment Centers in NC


Chi-Square Calculator

Chi-squares are an invaluable tool for analyzing data. Simply put, researchers – and soon, you – can use chi-squares to test if there is a statistically significant relationship between two variables. This tool helps researchers argue that there is a relationship between two variables – such as, where one lives and degree of opioid abuse. With the tool that we have developed you will be able to do statistical analyses on data you have received or collected with no hassle. You may find linked here the  step-by-step directions and Excel Chi-Square tool. 

Coalition Site Visits

Ms. Rachel Ryding and Mr. Chase Holleman have been visiting the NC PFS sites and have developed tailored trainings on requested topics. Here are the presentations they have developed to-date:

  1. Evaluations and Logic Models
  2. Developing Community Narratives
  3. More on Asset Mapping
  4. Coalition Building PowerPoint

Annotated Bibliography on Behavioral Health Disparities and Rural Prescription Drug Misuse

This bibliography assembled by CHCS staff includes a short summary of relevant findings as well as links to current articles and reports on behavioral health disparities and the opioid epidemic. In particular articles related to adolescents and rural areas have been selected.


Additional Resources

SAMHSA Webinar Series:

Webinar on epidemiologies of opioid misuse and associated harms for public health professionals:

Injury Prevention Research Center at UNC-CH, Webinar Series: Tracking and Measuring the Opioid Epidemic as a Prevention Tool:

County level data tables from NC HHS Injury and Violence Prevention Branch: Leading Causes of Injury Death, Hospitalization and Emergency Department Visit Data 



Developing a Conceptual Framework to Assess the Sustainability of Community Coalitions Post-Federal Funding.

Coalition Building Resources

Community Meeting Toolkit