Prevention Coordinator Team
The PROSPER Delivery System includes this intermediary role to facilitate the flow of information from the State Management Team to Community Teams and vice versa.
One Prevention Coordinator is responsible for working with a particular Community Team. This approach allows for rapport building between the Prevention Coordinator and Community Team Leader and helps ensure that ongoing proactive technical assistance is being provided to every Team. Prevention Coordinators focus their technical assistance on helping the Team work toward their two primary goals while progressing through the four developmental phases.
Because each Prevention Coordinator is responsible for working with one or more specific Community Teams, the number of Prevention Coordinators is dependent on the number of community sites within the State Partnership and may change over time.
The primary responsibilities of a PROSPER Prevention Coordinator are to:
- Serve as a Community Team’s “coach,” helping the team meet its two primary goals
- Attend Community Team meetings and provide support to the team when necessary
- Have bi-weekly contact with each of their assigned Team Leaders
- Keep in regular contact with other Prevention Coordinators
- Organize training and professional development activities for Team Leaders and Team members related to team-building, program recruitment, marketing, and fundraising
- Attend regular meetings with State Management Team to report on assigned Team’s activities and progress toward goals
Through their bi-weekly contact with each Community Team Leader, in addition to their regular attendance at monthly Team meetings, Prevention Coordinators are well-positioned to assess a Team’s progress.
Monthly reports are created and shared with State Management Team members who can then work with Prevention Coordinators to develop action plans for each Team. Prevention Coordinators in turn share strategies with Team Leaders and offer specific guidance to address each Team’s needs. This feedback cycle is a critical part of the PROSPER Delivery System and helps distinguish it from other program dissemination approaches.
The main topics of technical assistance are related to:
- Planning, recruiting for, and implementation of the family-focused and school-based programs
- Maintaining a productive team that has strong partnerships with the school and other community agencies
- Securing funding to support sustained delivery of the programs year after year.