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Geospatial Academy for Prevention Professionals I: Introduction to GIS
Substance misuse prevention work is inherently concerned with place. As we work to prevent substance-related harms, the community context is an important consideration when deciding where to implement prevention strategies. Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) allows users to focus on the community context with a robust set of tools supporting data visualization and analysis. The Geospatial Academy for Prevention Professionals (GAPP) will provide you the skills necessary to implement geospatial analyses of community data to communicate work to key stakeholders, assess community need, and evidence the impact of prevention initiatives.
This is part 1 of a 3 part training series that will introduce you to the Quantum GIS software package, culminating in producing maps and analyses to support substance misuse prevention work in your community. Each part of the online training series is self-paced and supported by individual technical assistance.
- GAPP I: Introduction to GIS
- GAPP II: Creating a Basic Map
- GAPP III: Using Local Data to Support Prevention Goals
This 2.5 hour self-paced course will introduce participants to GIS and a free software application to implement GIS in your prevention work.
This course requires you to download a free software package. Please see our disclaimer.
This course was
developed by the Northeast & Caribbean PTTC located at the Center for
Prevention Science in Rutgers University’s School of Social Work. This work was
supported by grant 5H79SP081033-04 from the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration.
Certificate of Completion
Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (Pre-SAPST Course)
This foundational course serves as the required, introductory module for the in-person Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST). This self-paced course offers practitioners new to the field of prevention, or working in related fields, an introduction to the history of prevention, key concepts and definitions, specific drug effects, and an exciting glimpse into the effects of substance use and addiction on the brain.
Participants will learn about: Basic terminology and facts; History of substance use and prevention in the United States; Addiction and the brain; and, Effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Continuing Education Hours: Participants will earn five (5) hours of continuing education hours after completing a short quiz at the end and receiving a passing score of 80% or higher.
5.0 Hours Certificate of Completion Available
*Note: this course is a required pre-requisite course for the in-person Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) but can be taken as a stand-alone course.