Preparation

Create your partnership

There may be several individuals and organizations that can assist you in the design, plan, and implementation (or putting into action) of your supportive relationships intervention activities. Supportive relationship interventions focusing on tobacco have been implemented with the assistance of a wide range of partners.

Example partners to help implement your intervention:

  • schools (teachers, coaches, school nurses, school cafeteria staff)
  • health care facilities (e.g., hospitals, rehabilitation facilities) and providers (e.g., doctors, nurses, pharmacists)
  • social workers
  • occupational therapists
  • physical therapists
  • parents and family members
  • religious leaders and faith based organizations
  • media personalities
  • local universities and researchers
  • health departments
  • media and communications’ specialists
  • community centers
  • community organizations
  • community members and leaders
  • local businesses including grocery stores, restaurants, barber shops
  • fitness facilities
  • health educators
  • patient advocacy groups

Remember that some training may be required to implement the intervention.  To save time and money, it is helpful to find partners who have already received this training.  If this is not possible, you may have to provide your own training on topics like: health risks associated with tobacco use, signs and symptoms of diseases related to tobacco use, lifestyle behavior changes that reduce risk associated with tobacco use, communication strategies regarding non-judgmental feedback and reinforcement, how to build cultural competence, how to help individuals with problem solving strategies, proper counseling attitude, community resources, and maintaining confidentiality.

Try to think of partners that can serve a variety of roles. For example, you may need certain partners to help you designing your intervention activities (e.g., health educators), while some partners may be more helpful in conducting your intervention activities (e.g., community centers, teachers).  It is important to involve these partners from the beginning of your intervention development through the implementation of your intervention.

Don’t forget to consider partners that may help you with evaluating your intervention.  To evaluate a supportive relationships intervention, or any other intervention, it is often useful to seek out technical assistance from local colleges, universities or others with this experience. These may also be partners that you consider engaging in designing and planning from the very beginning.

For more information on engaging partners, go to Partnerships.

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