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Volunteer Opportunities – Getting Involved with SPR!

Talented volunteers are the lifeblood of every membership organization. The Society for Prevention Research offers various opportunities for our members to help advance the mission and the strategic plan of the Society by getting involved in our committees. We are now in the process of convening our committees for the 2019-2020 term. Please click here for the list of committees, chairs, and committee members.

The majority of committee work is handled through monthly conference calls. Committee members then volunteer to work on specific projects to advance the goals and objectives of each committee.

The chair of each committee will invite prospective volunteers to join committees based on needs of each committee, space available and applicant interest.

Following is a brief description of SPR’s committees that are open to our active members. After reading the committee descriptions, please indicate if you would like to serve on a committee(s) by completing the questionnaire below.

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Conference Program Planning Committee (Conference)
The Conference Program Planning Committee develops the program for the SPR Annual Meeting. The committee develops the Call for Papers which includes the three special themes and the general themes. The committee develops and invites the speakers for the plenary sessions, invited symposia, and presidential addresses. The committee oversees the abstract review and selection process. The work of the 2020 Conference Program Planning Committee is already in progress. We anticipate that the Call for Papers will go out early September. There will be opportunities to serve as an abstract reviewer and on the thematic abstract review committees. Please look for a separate Call for Reviewers in October.

The Prevention Science Advocacy Committee (Advocacy)
The Prevention Science Advocacy Committee (Advocacy) works to further the identification and adoption of evidence-based prevention practices and methods. The committee will advocate for the use of evidence-based prevention methods. It will collaborate with the other committees and task forces relevant to training, publications, and other special projects and activities of the Society. The committee will collaborate with partner organizations to advocate for the funding of science-based prevention research and for the use of evidence-based prevention practices and methods at the local, state and federal levels. The committee meets via monthly conference calls usually on the first Monday of the month 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern.

Diversity Network Committee (DNC)
The Diversity Network Committee (DNC) works to advocate, support, and promote diversity initiatives within SPR specifically for underrepresented racial/ethnic groups as well as to encourage the conduct of prevention research with racially/ethnically diverse populations. The DNC is committed to creating and enhancing networking opportunities for members of SPR, to facilitate the conduct of high-quality prevention science with racially and ethnically diverse populations. The DNC develops and oversees the DNC programming and activities at the SPR Annual Meeting, i.e., the annual DNC Reception and invited symposium, and coordinates with other committees and task forces. The committee meets monthly via conference calls (schedule developed annually).

Early Career Preventionists Network (ECPN)
The Early Career Preventionists Network (ECPN) supports the scientific development of the new members of the prevention science community, serves as a preliminary entry point of new members in the SPR, and provides a training ground for leadership in the SPR. The ECPN Steering Committee is a group of early-career individuals that monitor the duties of ECPN Steering Committee members and serve as liaisons to SPR’s other committees and task forces. The ECPN Steering Committee develops and oversees the ECPN programming and activities at the SPR Annual Meeting, i.e., ECPN Lunch, two inviting symposia/training sessions, the Student Poster Contest, and along with the Training Committee oversees the SPR Cup. The ECPN Steering Committee selects, with SPR Board approval, the recipients of the John B. Reid Early Career Preventionists Network Award and the Friend of ECPN Award.

The ECPN Steering Committee meets monthly via conference calls usually the second Monday of the month 12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern. ECPN committees meet monthly or on an as-needed basis, i.e. poster contest, awards, webpage, membership, evaluation, and programs.

Fund Development Committee
The Fund Development Committee provides guidance and support in raising funds to advance the work and achieve the long-term strategic objectives of the Society. The committee meets on an as needed basis.

International Committee (IC)
The International Committee works to support and expand SPR’s commitment for international prevention research and to promote global health by facilitating collaboration among international researchers, students, practitioners, and policy makers. Communications and interactions with other international prevention-focused organizations promote sharing of innovations and actions occurring around the globe that are key to health promotion. The IC is actively soliciting early and mid-career people to join the committee. Both U.S. and non-U.S. members are needed. The annual IC International Networking Forum, held at SPR’s annual conference, is its keystone event for sharing information, identifying new directions for international collaborations, and supporting new and established members.

The committee has four working groups to advance the goals of the IC: Strategic, Planning, and Structural Workgroup, Research Collaboration Workgroup, Outreach Workgroup and the Communications Workgroup. The IC develops and oversees the IC programming and activities at the SPR Annual Meeting, i.e., the International Networking Forum and invited symposium and coordinates with other committees and task forces.

The committee meets monthly via conference calls usually on the second Wednesday of the month 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern. Members participate in one or more working groups, and attend the International Networking Forum at least once over a three-year period. Prospective IC members would be asked to submit a brief paragraph regarding one’s interests in the IC.

Member Communications Committee (Communications)
The Member Communications Committee works to enhance and modernize its communications with members, prevention researchers, policy makers and the public. The committee develops and implements the communications plan which is designed to deliver members up-to-date news and information in prevention, reach out to Prevention Science Programs, and disseminate member news. The committee evaluates metrics to ensure the best promotion tactics are being engaged and works will all other committees and task forces to fill their dissemination needs. The committee meets monthly via conference calls (schedule developed annually).

Membership Committee (Membership)
The Membership Committee determines the needs of current members and develops a plan to retain current members and recruit new members and promote member benefits. The committee works to increase the diversity of its membership (in regards to race, age, gender, country of origin, career stage, disciplinary background, methods used, substantive topics covered and subjects of intervention. The committee meets monthly via conference call (scheduled developed annually).

Publications Committee (Publications)
The Publications Committee oversees the operations of the journal Prevention Science and, on occasions when a vacancy occurs in the editorship of the journal, recommend a new editor to the Board of Directors. The committee reports to the Board of Directors on the status and operations of the journal or journals, including an accounting of the income and expenditures for the current year. The committee meets on an as needed basis.

Recognition and Honors Committee (Awards and Fellows)
The Recognition and Honors Committee identifies people who are deserving of recognition for their contributions to prevention science. There are two selection committee, the Awards Committee and the Fellows Committee. The Awards Committee recommends to the SPR Board of Directors which individuals or teams shall be recognized for each of the annual SPR Awards. The Fellows Committee recommends to the SPR Board of Directors which SPR members shall be recognized as an SPR Fellow. Both the Awards and the Fellows selection committees conduct their work via emails and each holds a conference call scheduled in the first quarter of the year.

Training Committee (Training)
The Training Committee assesses the training needs of the membership of the Society and develops and implements training opportunities in prevention science for all career levels of scientists and practitioners in responses to those needs. The committee develops and oversees the training programming at the SPR Annual Meeting, i.e., pre-conference workshops and along with the ECPN oversees the SPR Cup. The Committee is responsible for the development of the list of Graduate Programs in Prevention Science. The committee coordinates with the conference, DNC, ECPN, international, membership, and member communications committees to meet the training needs of the Society. The committee meets monthly via conference calls (schedule developed annually).