“Complementary” and “Synergy” were the key themes in yesterday’s Prevention Connection web conference titled Developing Comprehensive Prevention: Linking primary prevention activities, strategies and programs. This web conference was designed for state sexual assault coalitions and state health departments to assist in building capacity of local Rape Prevention & Education (RPE) grantees.
The presenter, Lydia Guy Ortiz, highlighted the value of linking different prevention activities together to create a comprehensive prevention program. In particular she emphasized that finding programs that complement each other can lead to synergy — that is create an effort that is more effective than sum of each of the components.
For example, she suggested that a 3-session presentation to high school students may be more effective when also providing peer facilitated training focused on gender roles and/or media literacy or have articles written by students in school newspaper.
Soon Prevention Connection will be releasing an eLearning Unit on this topic.