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To prevent social ills and promote wellbeing by translating scientific knowledge into effective and sustainable practices, systems and policies.
The NPSC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the application of validated, science-based findings to wide-scale, effective implementation of prevention practices and policies. Prevention Science addresses individual and societal problems before they develop and encourages a wellness approach to positive childhood, adolescent, family and community outcomes. It informs decision makers as to what practices are most effective and cost beneficial in order to ensure that children and adolescents lead healthy and successful lives. From a prevention mentality, the NPSC addresses several areas of concern, such as mental and behavioral health, education, poverty, juvenile and criminal justice, environmental influences, and adverse social conditions that contribute to major chronic illnesses that originate in childhood and become compounded in adulthood. We are comprised of prominent scientists, educators, community stakeholders, practitioners and clinicians, policy makers, advocates, and foundation representatives. We work in a nonpartisan manner with Congressional offices, Caucuses, federal agency administrators, and like-minded groups and organizations. Overall, we aim to encourage an understanding and acceptance by public and private sectors of the evidence accumulated by Prevention Science and related fields, thus leading to policies that enable wide-scale adoption and implementation of effective practices by community and child/adolescent-serving systems (e.g., juvenile justice) for improving mental, behavioral, and physical health.