Introduction

Blueprint for Action: Preventing substance-related harms among youth through a Comprehensive School Health approach

Author: Public Health Agency of Canada (2021)

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2021). Blueprint for Action: Preventing substance-related harms among youth through a Comprehensive School Health approach.

Description

Blueprint for Action: Preventing substance-related harms among youth through a Comprehensive School Health approach is a practical guide to inform action plans and strategies. Arranged in three sections, this action-oriented resource sets out a new approach to youth substance use prevention within school communities. Section one outlines four key underlying messages emphasizing the importance of comprehensive approaches that meaningfully engage school members, create supportive environments, reduce inequities, and reflect the unique needs of each school community. Section two presents the new Blueprint for Action intervention model, which integrates the well-established Comprehensive School Health framework with four evidence-based approaches to preventing substance-related harms. Section three describes the application of the Blueprint for Action model, including facilitators, barriers, and cross-cutting principles for action.

Potential use

Those working with or within Canadian schools will find this resource a comprehensive and practical tool in planning upstream school-based initiatives to prevent substance-related harms in youth. It may be of special interest to individuals and organizations implementing the Icelandic Prevention Model in Canada.

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Additional resources

These infographics, developed in conjunction with the Students Commission of Canada, provide concise summaries of the Blueprint for Action resource:

Blueprint for action: To prevent substance-related harms among youth

Preventing substance-related harms among youth: A blueprint for action – in short