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Unleashing the Power of Prevention

To reduce the incidence and prevalence of behavioral health problems in the population of young people from birth through age 24 by 20 percent from current levels and to reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities in behavioral health problems by 20 percent over the next decade.

This national project aims to implement a seven-step action plan designed to increase the implementation and evaluation of preventive interventions for behavioral health problems in children and youth. A Grand Challenge for Social Work, the project is:

1) working with states to increase infrastructure necessary to deliver interventions;
2) developing prevention workforce curricula; and
3) partnering with a collaborative of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to explore the delivery of healthy parenting programs in primary care settings.