The nation’s leading prevention institutions demonstrate a foundational commitment to campus health and wellness, and rely on critical processes, policy and programming to ensure impactful results. These research-backed pillars are the core components of the Campus Prevention Network’s Framework for Comprehensive Prevention.

Read on to learn what our approach means for participating college campuses, and find out how it’s being used to drive success in key areas of impact.

Our Approach

Framework for Comprehensive Prevention
  • Institutionalization

    As the foundation of our framework, institutionalization represents a visible, campus-wide commitment to prevention. This is represented by outward support from senior leaders, appropriate budget and staffing for prevention, robust physical and digital infrastructure and more.

  • Critical Processes

    Critical processes translate prevention resources into action. This key pillar includes the use of data in program design and delivery, goal-setting and strategic planning, partnerships and collaboration and much more.

  • Policy

    Policies communicate values and establish expectations. Campus policies should be clear and accessible, consistently enforced, aligned with state and federal compliance requirements and more.

  • Programming

    Programming refers to the way prevention messaging is designed and delivered. This includes the use of theory and data to inform development, multi-modal content delivery, targeting and frequency, training of peer educators and more.

Learn More About the CPN Framework

Areas of Impact

Review topics central to campus prevention and click to explore related research, articles, and real-world case studies from colleges and universities nationwide.

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    Sexual Assault

    Sexual and relationship violence prevention is one of the most urgent, important and challenging issues facing colleges and universities.

  • Alcohol & Other Drugs

    Empowering students to make healthy and informed choices about substance use is critical to the health and safety of campus communities.

  • Mental Health & Wellness

    Mental health and wellness are central to student success and the overlapping health and safety challenges facing higher education institutions.

  • Legislation & Compliance

    Meeting state and federal requirements is essential, but meaningful prevention work occurs when the letter and spirit of the law intersect.

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