Promising Practices

The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Substance Abuse, Teens

Goal: A.S.P.I.R.E aims to reduce teen tobacco use by helping current smokers to quit and preventing non-smokers from beginning to smoke.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Substance Abuse, Children, Teens, Urban

Goal: ASSIST aims to develop a diverse group consisting of young people that will then influence their peers to defy the idea of smoking thus reducing the number of adolescent smokers and reducing its health effects.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Teens

Goal: The goal of Assisting in Rehabilitating Kids is to increase abstinence and safer sex behaviors among substance-dependent adolescents.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Respiratory Diseases, Children, Urban

Goal: The goal of the program was to provide a multi-layered asthma management program for parents, children, and staff of early childhood centers.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health

Goal: The mission of the ATHENA (Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise & Nutrition Alternatives) program is to promote healthy sports nutrition and discourage the use of body-enhancing substances among middle and high school female athletes.

Impact: Participation in the ATHENA program results in significant reductions in the use of performance-enhancing substances, recreational drugs, diet pills, tobacco, and alcohol among female teen athletes. Healthier eating and other health behaviors, and body image perceptions were also improved.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Substance Abuse, Teens

Goal: The goal of ATLAS is to reduce anabolic steroid, alcohol, and other illicit drug use by adolescent male athletes.

Impact: Student participants of ATLAS had significantly lower intent to use anabolic steroids at both the end of the athletic season and at the 1-year follow-up. Students in the intervention also significantly reduced illicit drug use and were significantly less likely to report drinking and driving.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Prevention & Safety, Families

Goal: The goal of Baby, Be Safe is to increase the use of child injury prevention measures.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Substance Abuse, Women, Men, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: The goal of the experimental case manager intervention program at the Baltimore Needle Exchange Program was to increase the percentage of intravenous drug users who enrolled in city sponsored substance abuse programs following referral at the Baltimore NEP sites.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Substance Abuse

Goal: The Be a Star program was developed to help preadolescents gain the knowledge and skills necessary to resist drugs.

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