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Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve the Effectiveness of the NORTH STAR Prevention Framework by Embedding Evidence-Based Prevention within the Military Unit

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2011,29 Oct 2019

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New York University New York United States

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This year, we prepared to launch the NORTH STAR New Orientation for Reducing Threats to Health from Secretive Problems That Affect Readiness initiative. NORTH STAR is a large, randomized, controlled trial. It addresses Air Force Community Assessment data indicating 1 of 3 Airmen anonymously report the presence of problem behaviors substance abuse, suicidality family violence. These problems are typically hidden by AD members and their families. NORTH STAR provides commanders the ability to assess unit members resilience and problem behaviors and to bring simple, measurable interventions to optimize functioning. Specifically, we created a streamlined needs assessment and are currently finalizing the NORTH STAR Guidebook of evidence-based interventions. We have completed Air Staff briefings and received endorsement and support from AF Integrated Delivery System IDS prevention board for the AF. The team has finalized the process for recruiting and training Squadrons. We are engaging with the AF to finalize plans for data collection to begin.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Psychology

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