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Special Collection: Models in Prevention: CDC's DELTA Program

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“Our vision is to be a catalyst for creating empowered and transformed individuals, partnerships, communities and societies committed to respectful collaborative processes that promote a lasting legacy of equality, peace and social justice."

~ The National DELTA Collaborative

Special thanks to the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV), with whom NRCDV/VAWnet has a collaborative relationship to support the CDC Foundation's DELTA and DELTA PREP grantees in their work to prevent intimate partner violence. The NCDSV also maintains extensive lists of publications and links to DELTA Program-related resources. In addition, we'd like to recognize VAWnet's partner in prevention-focused resource provision and DELTA program support, PreventConnect.org, whose resources are highlighted below.

About CDC's DELTA Program | Back to top

Nearly one decade after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program, there is a strong foundation of information and lessons learned regarding promising practices in the primary prevention of intimate partner violence. This collection highlights the successes of this program and its grantees, providing materials to support replication of these efforts across the United States and globally.

"Beginning in 2002, CDC provided cooperative agreements and other supports with Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) funding to develop the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program. Through DELTA, CDC supports 14 state-level domestic violence coalitions to build organizational capacity and state leadership for IPV primary prevention as well as provide prevention-focused training, technical assistance, and financial support to local coordinated community responses (CCRs). Local CCRs, in collaboration with their state coalition, then plan, implement, and conduct program improvement evaluations of their multi-level change strategies to prevent IPV, addressing the unique needs and culture of their communities" (CDC, 2011).

The DELTA program seeks to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence by providing funding to support local CCR's adoption of primary prevention principles and practices. As illustrated in the diagram below, local nonprofit organizations serve as the fiscal agents through which resources are provided to local CCRs to accomplish this goal through increased cooperation and coordination among participating sectors.

The 14 states that receive DELTA funding are highlighted on the map below. For an overview of each state program, local projects, and contact information for each state coordinator, visit the CDC's Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) US maps.

Further detail about the DELTA Program is provided in the CDC publications listed here.

  • DELTA and DELTA PREP: Building Capacity for Primary Prevention of IPV | PDF PDF (2 p.)
    by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2011)
    This 2-pager describes the CDC funded DELTA and DELTA PREP projects that support state/territory domestic violence coalitions as they 1) build organizational readiness; 2) enhance their state and community-level abilities to prevent IPV; and 3) build evidence for effective primary prevention practices, programs, and policies.
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  • The DELTA Program: At A Glance | PDF PDF (4 p.)
    by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2008)
    Describes the authorizing legislation for the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program, provides examples of prevention work from various states, and serves to raise awareness, interest, and support.
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  • Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) | HTML HTML PDF
    from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
    Describes the history, purpose, concepts, and activities related to the CDC's DELTA Program, funding state domestic violence coalitions to build IPV prevention capacity within their organization, state, and local communities.
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DELTA PREP Online Toolkit
The DELTA PREP Toolkit was developed by the DELTA PREP project, a collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in support of 19 state domestic violence coalitions to build their organizational capacity for primary prevention of IPV. The Toolkit is a resource for state and community organizations that are engaging in primary prevention efforts and are interested in strengthening their organization’s ability to sustain and build upon their prevention work. The tools in this interactive Toolkit were used by the DELTA PREP project participant coalitions, and the materials have been informed by the experiences of these organizations. It is notable that DELTA PREP coalitions have continued to enhance and expand their primary prevention efforts since the Foundation project grant period ended in November 2011.

Key Domestic Violence Prevention Resources | Back to top

Familiarity with the following key resources will help establish a baseline understanding of the core principles and strategies used to approach the primary prevention of domestic violence within a public health framework.

  • Principles of Prevention | HTML HTML
    by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (February 2011)
    This online course teaches key concepts of primary prevention, the public health approach, and the social-ecological model.
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  • A Prevention Primer for Domestic Violence: Terminology, Tools, and the Public Health Approach | HTML HTML PDF PDF (10 p.)
    by Linda Chamberlain with contributions from Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran (March 2008)
    This document provides an introduction to basic prevention concepts by exploring the public health approach, two classification systems, a planning tool used to develop more comprehensive initiatives, and the importance of understanding terminology.
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  • Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Domestic Violence | HTML HTML PDF PDF (9 p.)
    by Melanie Shepard with contributions from Deborah Zelli (November 2008)
    This Applied Research document provides an overview of the research on community mobilization to prevent domestic violence, explores guiding concepts and frameworks, and discusses the challenges of implementing community mobilization strategies.
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  • Preventing Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Against Women: Taking Action and Generating Evidence | PDF PDF (102 p.)
    by the World Health Organization and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2010)
    This document aims to provide sufficient information for policy-makers and planners to develop data-driven and evidence-based programs for preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women.
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  • Poised for Prevention: Advancing Promising Approaches to Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence | PDF PDF (39 p.)
    by Lisa Fujie Parks, Larry Cohen, and Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz for the Prevention Institute (January 2007)
    Includes a discussion of primary prevention of IPV, promising approaches to environmental/norms change, an examination of IPV primary prevention within immigrant communities, recommended actions to building momentum, and immediate next steps.
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  • Through a Public Health Lens. Preventing Violence against Women: An Update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | PDF PDF (8 p.)
    by Corinne M. Graffunder, MPH, Rita K. Noonan, Ph.D., Pamela Cox, MPH, and Jocelyn Wheaton, MPH for the Journal of Womens Health 13(1): 5-14 (2004)
    Explains how 4 core public health principles - emphasizing primary prevention, advancing the science of prevention, translating science into effective programs, & building on the efforts of others - drive current programmatic activities in prevention.
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  • Training Professionals in the Primary Prevention of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence: A Planning Guide | PDF PDF (85 p.)
    by Deborah Fisher, Karen S. Lang, and Jocelyn Wheaton for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010)
    This Guide describes how to develop, implement, and evaluate a training process, taking into account your available level of resources - by turning awareness and knowledge into mastered skills and practices to prevent sexual or intimate partner violence.
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  • Making the Case for Domestic Violence Prevention Through the Lens of Cost-Benefit: A Manual for Domestic Violence Prevention Practitioners | PDF PDF (180 p.)
    by Angela Browne-Miller for Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training and Resource Center (TC-TAT) (June 2006)
    Provides a step-by-step approach to understanding how cost-benefit thinking can be applied to domestic violence prevention. Each chapter offers an overview, definition and discussion of relevant terms, statistics and examples, and user-friendly worksheets.
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DELTA State Resources | Back to top

Each of the 14 state domestic violence coalitions supported by CDC to carry out the vision of the DELTA Program has demonstrated outcomes such as training, public awareness campaigns, and resource development. The materials provided below offer a snapshot of the work of each funded state related to the DELTA Program, including statewide plans, highlighted outcomes, and links to their prevention-focused webpages, where available.

NOTE: This resources provided below are based on what we know to be current and available. Please contact us with any corrections or updated materials!

Alaska

The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) has a page on their website specific to Prevention Projects.

Project Spotlight
Stand Up Speak Up! is a campaign and a movement of Alaska youth that are working to end violence and to create communities of respect. Lead On! For Peace and Equality in Alaska is a three day mini-summit that builds leaderships skills to promote nonviolence in relationships and equality in communities across Alaska.
The Alaska Network also has a series of When I Am An Elder PSAs that encourage Alaskans to join in in preventing domestic and sexual violence in Alaska.

  • 2010-2011 Pathways Update | PDF PDF (12 p.)
    by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (2011)
    This progress report provides an overview of strategies and activities used to reach the Alaska Pathways objectives: promoting healthy relationships and preventing violence.
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  • Pathways To Prevent Domestic Violence: A Plan for Alaska 2010 – 2016 | PDF PDF (24 p.)
    by Lori Grassgreen and Wendi Siebold for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (March 2010)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, this plan represents the voices of many Alaskans from diverse professions, regions, cultures and experiences and establishes a framework to organize and coordinate prevention and promotion efforts over the next six years.
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California

The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (The Partnership) has a page on their website specific to Prevention Projects.

Project Spotlight
The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence advocates for public policies, institutional practices and resources to promote healthy teen relationships and prevent teen dating violence. The Partnership convenes a Teen Dating Violence Policy and Research Committee, engages youth leaders in the policy advocacy process, and collaborates with local, state and national partners.
See the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Prevention Program Blog.

  • Advancing Domestic Violence Prevention in California: CPEDV’s Plan for Prevention Advocacy, Leadership and Capacity-building, 2009-2013 | PDF PDF (12 p.)
    by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (March 2010)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, this plan is intended for use by The Partnership’s Board and Staff, member organizations and allied groups, as well as policy-makers, funders, and other stakeholders in the prevention of domestic violence (DV).
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  • Addressing Domestic Violence, Child Safety and Well-being: Collaborative Strategies for California Families | PDF PDF (74 p.)
    by Anne Rosewater & Kathy Moore, California Leadership Group on Domestic Violence and Child Well-being (December 2010)
    This report is designed to identify the progress that has been achieved in California over the past decade and make policy recommendations for the state that will not only improve responses to the families affected by domestic violence but begin to put in place strategies for prevention.
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Delaware

The Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCADV) has a page on their website specific to DELTA Prevention Efforts.

Project Spotlights
DCADV has partnered with the University of Delaware’s Women’s Studies Department to add a new Domestic Violence Prevention and Services concentration and minor made possible by a grant from the Verizon Foundation. Upon completion, students will have obtained all of the training topics required to complete DCADV’s Domestic Violence Specialist Certification.
Safe and Respectful Relationships for All, an online resource developed by the Domestic Violence Task Force and Victims’ Rights Task Force Prevention Subcommittee, includes information, resources links and downloads for teens, parents, and teachers.
The Delaware MEN: Men's Education Network is working to develop and implement a plan to engage men throughout The First State with the goal of promoting healthy relationships, and, ultimately, ending domestic violence.

  • Delaware’s Plan for Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence | PDF PDF (3 p.)
    by the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2010)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, this summary outlines Delaware’s plan to influence systemic change in four key priority areas and ultimately prevent domestic violence.
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  • Healthy Relationships | DOC (48 p.)
    by Libby Thomas and Jennifer Sellitto-Penoza for the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2010)
    This primary prevention high school unit is based on the DELTA Developing Healthy Relationships Curriculum (DHRC) of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The unit advocates gender respect, effective communication, and advocacy.
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Florida

The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) has a page on their website specific to DELTA and Primary Prevention.

Project Spotlight

The Know Your Peace Public Awareness and Education Campaign includes this youth-driven website and materials, created as part of the Sunrise Primary Prevention Education and Awareness Initiative.

  • Building Florida’s Capacity to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence: Eight-Year Strategic Plan | PDF PDF (56 p.)
    by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2009)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, this plan identifies 6 statewide goals addressing Florida youth ages 5-18, all Floridians, and Florida’s overall capacity to conduct intimate partner violence prevention work. In addition, the report describes promising, evidence-informed strategies to achieve each goal.
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  • Primary Prevention Toolkit | HTML HTML
    by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    The purpose of this toolkit is to share resources and knowledge that others have found useful in developing programs for primary prevention of intimate partner violence.
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Kansas
  • Community Organizing Toolkit: Your One-Stop, Online Resource for Local Community Organizing Efforts Against Sexual & Domestic Violence | HTML HTML
    by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
    The primary purposes of this community organizing toolkit are to help support member programs and their community partners in creating a community-wide response to the issues of sexual and domestic violence; change community norms that support violence against women; and mobilize local communities for social change.
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Michigan

The Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) has a page on their website specific to Prevention Education Materials.

  • Preventing Intimate and Sexual Violence in Michigan: Prevention Plan Highlights for 2010–2015 | PDF PDF (16 p.)
    by Tammy Lemmer and Marguerite Grabarek for the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (2010)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, this plan highlights 3 goals to prevent the first-time occurrence of intimate partner and sexual violence. Michigan’s plan uses a public health approach to benefit the largest group possible and emphasizes building the capacity of individuals, organizations and systems to more effectively identify, implement, and evaluate prevention strategies, especially those that prevent first-time perpetration.
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Montana

Project Spotlight
The Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCADSV) hosts an annual conference, The Time Is Now: Envisioning and Creating Healthier Communities, focusing on how Montanans can work together to prevent intimate partner and sexual violence.

  • A Plan for Montana: Preventing Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence | PDF PDF (7 p.)
    by the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (2011)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, Montana drafted this statewide plan for creating healthy communities where respectful and equitable behavior is the norm.
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New York

The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) has a page on their website specific to their Prevention Project.

North Carolina
  • North Carolina 10-Year Plan to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence | PDF PDF (77 p.)
    by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2010)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, this plan represents the first effort on this scale in North Carolina to address the factors that increase risk for perpetration of intimate partner violence and to promote factors which create healthy, sustainable families and communities.
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North Dakota

The North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services (NDCAWS) has pages on their website specific to DELTA and Prevention.

  • Prevention Starts Here: North Dakota’s Plan for Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Prevention | PDF PDF (8 p.)
    by the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services/Coalition Against Sexual Assault in North Dakota (2010)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, this plan outlines the state of North Dakota’s plan to improve efforts to prevent intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
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Ohio

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) has a page on their website specific to Prevention.

  • Pathways in Prevention: A Roadmap for Change, Ohio's Plan for Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention | PDF PDF (110 p.)
    by Debra Seltzer, Rebecca Cline, and Sandra Ortega for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (2009)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, this plan identifies 5 strategic directions for the prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence in Ohio.
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  • Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness and Prevention Curriculum Comparison | PDF PDF (14 p.)
    by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) (April 2010)
    Rather than endorse a specific curriculum the ODVN created this “curriculum comparison” document for which they identified available curriculum as evidence based, promising practice, or other. 
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  • A Safer Campus: A Guidebook for Prevention and Response to Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking for Ohio Campuses | PDF PDF (13 p.)
    by the Ohio Board of Regents (August 2010)
    This Guidebook identifies key best practices for short and long term action recommendations for colleges and universities to implement in four focused areas: Preparedness, Prevention, Response and Recovery.
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  • Teacher Training: Teen Dating Violence Prevention Education | PDF PDF (68 p.)
    by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and the Ohio Department of Health
    This training tool is geared for teachers to help build their understanding of teen dating violence and capacity to help prevent it.
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Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) has a page on their website specific to Prevention Work.

Project Spotlights
Students Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) was implemented by Newport COVE (Community Overcoming Violence) with support from the Women’s Resource Center. SADA has incorporated positive youth development theory and prevention principles into the SADA model as well as promoting youth leadership and activism and enhancing protective factors though a number of prevention-focused activities.  
The Woodlawn Community Partnership Team works together with diverse community members to prevent intimate partner violence and abuse at any age through education empowerment and action. They host an annual Block Party where the community comes together to speak out against violence and to promote peace in the Woodlawn Community.

  • Addressing the Violence Before It Starts: Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Plan | PDF PDF (6 p.)
    by Lucy Rios for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2009)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, the Rhode Island State Steering Committee developed this domestic violence primary prevention plan as the first step in a long-term process to alter cultural norms, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that support domestic violence.
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Virginia

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA) has a page on their website specific to Prevention & DELTA.

Project Spotlight
Moving Up Stream is Virginia's newsletter for the primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence.
Building Healthy Futures is a conference addressing the primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence.

  • Summary: Virginia’s Plan for Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence | PDF PDF (4 p.)
    by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (2009)
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, this statewide plan was based on a systematic 10-step planning process called “Getting to Outcomes.” The goal was to create and implement evidence-based strategies that prevent first-time perpetration of intimate partner violence.
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  • Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence & Intimate Partner Violence | PDF PDF (76 p.)
    by the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health (2009)
    This manual, a technical assistance tool in developing primary prevention initiatives at local sexual and domestic violence agencies, was intended to serve as an organizing philosophy rather than an irrefutable prescription for prevention work.
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Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) has a page on their website specific to Prevention.

Project Spotlight
Prevention is the theme for this entire year’s Coalition Chronicles, a journal of WCADV. See the first set of Coalition Chronicles 30-1: Violence Prevention Fundamentals – Building a Foundation.

  • Forward To A Domestic Violence-Free Wisconsin: Statewide Plan for the Primary Prevention of Domestic Violence | PDF PDF (24 p.)
    by Bruce Ambuel, Jennifer Obinna, and Susan Ramspacher for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    As part of CDC’s DELTA program, Wisconsin developed this five-year strategic plan to using a public health approach to benefit the largest group possible; it builds the capacity of individuals, organizations, and systems to more effectively identify, implement, and evaluate strategies that can prevent first-time perpetration.
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  • The Forward Wisconsin Initiative: A Shared Vision For Preventing Interpersonal Violence | PDF PDF (8 p.)
    by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    This publication describes a collaborative statewide initiative in Wisconsin to enhance efforts to change social norms and community tolerance for violence that began in 2009.
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National Organizations and Initiatives | Back to top

The organizations and programs listed below provide resources on the primary prevention of intimate partner violence and access to information about the initiatives and strategies that have emerged from the DELTA and DELTA PREP programs.

The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence consults with the CDC Foundation on the DELTA PREP program designed to prepare 19 additional state coalitions to participate in DELTA and initiate evidence-based prevention strategies in their states, and maintains extensive lists of publications and links to DELTA Program-related resources

PreventConnect.org is a national online project dedicated to the primary prevention of violence against women. Resources include online presentations, podcasts, web conferences, a prevention-focused wiki, and listserv-based community of practice.

The DELTA Learning Exchange builds capacity of local DELTA funded CCRs and local fiscal agents to implement primary prevention activities in four topic areas: Engaging Men and Boys, Engaging Youth, Understanding School Prevention Policy, and Achieving Sustainability.

Empowerment Evaluation Tools & Exchange is a place for members of the CDC-funded DELTA and EMPOWER collaboratives to access and post relevant materials for using empowerment evaluation to build the prevention capacity of state and local entities.

Injury Framing Collaborative Space is an online community designed to build capacity to implement the CDC Injury Framing Initiative, Adding Power to Our Voices. It is designed to facilitate the sharing of information and networking.

Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life.

MyPrevention.org is a free social network that connects prevention-focused professionals, consultants and adult students locally and throughout the country.