Community Wise: An Innovative Multi-Level Intervention to Reduce Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use
Funded by: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparties
Project dates: May 2016 - November 2023
Principal Investigator: Benoit, Ellen
Principal Investigator: Windsor LC (contact PI)

Community Wise is a multilevel intervention to reduce health inequalities related to alcohol and illicit drug use that was developed and pilot-tested in a distressed community with concentrations of African American residents using community-based participatory research methods. The study applied the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) – an innovative and rigorous framework that employs factorial designs – to identify the most efficient, scalable, and sustainable components of Community Wise.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Related Publications
Jemal A, Windsor L, Inyang C, Pierre-Noel C (2022).
The critical dialogue cornerstone: Suggested practices to guide implementation, facilitation and evaluation
Journal of Progressive Human Services, 33 (3), 244-270. doi: 10.1080/10428232.2022.2056866. PMCID: PMC9426411.

Windsor LC, Benoit E, Pinto RM, Gwadz M, Thompson W (2021).
Enhancing behavioral intervention science: Using community-based participatory research principles with the multiphase optimization strategy
Translational Behavioral Medicine, 11 (8), 1596-1605. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibab032. PMCID: PMC8367018.

Jemal A, Urmey LS, Caliste S (2021).
From sculpting an intervention to healing in action
Social Work with Groups, 44 (3), 226-243. doi: 10.1080/01609513.2020.1757923. PMCID: PMC8411875.

Windsor LC, Benoit E, Smith D, Pinto RM, Kugler KC (2018).
Optimizing a community-engaged multi-level group intervention to reduce substance use: An application of the multiphase optimization strategy
Trials, 19 (1), 255. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2624-5. PMCID: PMC5921441.

Windsor LC, Jemal A, Benoit E (2014).
Community Wise: Paving the way for empowerment in community reentry
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37 (5), 501-511. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.023. PMCID: PMC4142095.