The CNMI Evidence-Based Interventions Workgroup (EBI), a subcommittee of the State Epidemiological Workgroup (SEW), was established on February 10, 2011.
Mission: To ensure that quality and quantity of evidence-based programs have met or can be modified to meet community and cultural needs and to see that policies and interventions are in compliance with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) to the CNMI.
This particular workgroup also serves to make recommendations to sub-grantees on the use of evidence-based interventions, utilizes the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) guidance document “Identifying and Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions” as a reference, increases awareness in the community about evidence-based interventions in prevention programs, and supports community representatives, partners, and sub-grantees in developing, sharing, or improving evidence-based models.
The core membership of this workgroup currently comprises of individuals of ethnic diversities with one from Saipan, one from Tinian and another from Rota with experience and knowledge in community-level prevention, academic research and governmental administration.
Charlene Babauta (Saipan)
Sharon San Nicholas (Tinian)
Martin Mendiola (Rota)
The CNMI EBI Workgroup continues to serve for the duration of the SPF-SIG in the capacity of subcommittee of the State Epidemiological Workgroup (SEW).