Each of us can make a difference in our community, starting with the choices we make every day. These choices are important for our health and our future, and they also affect the lives of people in our community.
There are many ways to get involved in National Prevention Week. Get inspiration from organizations and communities that have held successful, creative prevention events to support the heatlh and well-being of their communities.
The organizations highlighted this week are:
Brown County Underage Substance Abuse Coalition (New Ulm, Minnesota)
The Brown County Underage Substance Abuse Coalition (USAC) provides parent resources, community speakers, media campaigns, and community forums, and helps mobilize community efforts to reduce underage alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The organization also works with schools, businesses and the faith communities to establish policies about alcohol use at events and during work time.
During National Prevention Week 2013, the Brown County USAC organized a lecture at the local New Ulm High School where the Mayor of New Ulm read a National Prevention Week proclamation and discussed the observance’s purpose. Banners were on display in all seven schools in the county. Elementary students received string bags with the message “The Best I Can Be is Drug Free” to help promote a drug-free message, and “trading cards” that represented 40 high school students who choose to be drug-free.
The Coalition also had a table at the Goosetown Roller Girls Bout where they provided substance abuse information, Prescription “Take Back Program” materials, and other related resources.
Utah County Health Department (Provo, Utah)
The mission of the Utah County Health Department is to promote health and prevent avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of the local Provo community and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. For National Prevention Week 2013, the Utah County Health Department held three events:
- “Preventing Excessive Drinking Town Hall Meeting” during which Dr. Gordon Lindsay, PhD, discussed how the community can increase Utah's alcohol tax to reduce underage drinking and DUI and fund prevention programs and coalitions.
- “Lunch n’ Learn” for Utah County Employees titled “The Science of Happiness: Sustainable ways to improve life satisfaction.”
- A “Suicide Prevention Town Hall” meeting with Hope4Utah, a nonprofit organization that focuses on suicide prevention. After the presentation, the public was able to visit booths from four other local agencies that offered resources about suicide prevention and other mental health issues.