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Brown Bag Special Interest Groups


The Society for Prevention Research 22nd Annual Meeting, “Comprehensive and Coordinated Prevention Systems: Building Partnerships and Transcending Boundaries,” will take place May 27-30, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The SPR Program Planning Committee is offering, for the third year, the “Brown Bag” Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and we invite members to chair and convene a SIG. The purpose of the “Brown Bag” SIGs is to facilitate networking opportunities of conference attendees who would like to discuss in greater depth a specific prevention research, policy, or practice topic. The “Brown Bag” SIG convener is expected to be in attendance and facilitate the meeting, which would be open to all interested SPR conference attendees. The “Brown Bag” SIG can be formal with a planned agenda or informal depending upon the convener and the participants.

To submit your Brown Bag SIG requests, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZDFSL8C.

Please note deadline for Brown Bag SIG requests is Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

“Brown Bag” SIGs from 2013 included:

  • Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
  • Couple Relationships and Prevention Research
  • Intersectoral Prevention Research and Practice Education
  • Optimizing Preventive Interventions
  • Prevention Without Borders: The Cross-National Generalizability of Etiologic Models and Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Suicide Prevention
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Prevention Research
  • Evaluating Multilevel and Complex Prevention Interventions: International Perspectives
  • Integrating Mindfulness and Other Contemplative Practices with Prevention in Schools and Families
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Using Technology-Based Approach to Prevention of Depression on Teens and Young Adults Navigating through Primary Care Settings
  • Prevention Economics Planning and Research (PEPR) Group
  • Sustaining Community-Based Prevention Strategies
  • Prevention Research and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth

Conveners may request a repeat of a 2013 SIG or request a new SIG. After the requests for SIGs have been received and confirmed, SPR will circulate the list to the conference attendees who may sign up in advance, although advance registration is not required. SPR will coordinate the meeting space and time and approximately two weeks in advance of the meeting will provide the convener with the list of attendees who have signed up in advance. Deadline to submit SIG requests is Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

The “Brown Bag” SIGs will be scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 or Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, which is during the lunch break (11:45 am – 1:15 pm). Participants would purchase a lunch in the hotel or from one of the lunch spots nearby the hotel and bring it with them to the meeting. Meeting space is limited. We will confirm your request via e-mail by mid-January 2014. If the number of requests exceeds space limitations, the SPR Program Planning Committee will prioritize decisions based on representing a diversity of SIGs to best capture the interests of the membership. Confirmed “Brown Bag” SIGs will be listed in the conference program, which will indicate the date, time, convener, and meeting room assignment.

If you have any questions about “Brown Bag” SIG meetings, please contact Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director, at either jenniferlewis@preventionresearch.org or call 703-934-4850, ext. 213.