Spotlight on National Prevention Week Communities
There are many ways to get involved in National Prevention Week to improve your personal well-being and the lives of others around you. Get inspiration from organizations and communities that held a National Prevention Week event in 2012 or 2013.
The organizations highlighted this week are:
Waukesha County Drug Free Communities (Waukesha, WI)
Waukesha County Drug Free Communities (WCDFC) works with local school districts, parents, healthcare workers, law enforcement officers and others to reduce the supply of drugs in the local community and educate youth, families, teachers and others about the consequences and realities of substance abuse.
To kick off National Prevention Week 2013, WCDFC helped organize an on-air radio interview with Jennifer Bias, Deputy Director of the Trial Division & Affirmative Action Officer for the Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender. Listen to her interview about mental health issues she has observed among juvenile offenders.
Throughout the week, WCDFC implemented a “What’s Your High” campaign where local high school students created PSAs with different drug-free messages. The campaign’s videos focused on positive behaviors and dispelling myths about youth substance use, and were aired at the local Marcus Majestic Cinema. Through a unique and innovative “Project Sticker Shock” marketing method, Waukesha County restaurants and retailers helped spread the message of this campaign.
New York City Prevention Resource Center – The Children's Aid Society (New York, NY)
The New York City Prevention Resource Center (PRC) is a partnership between the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and The Children’s Aid Society (CAS). Established in 2009, PRC is committed to decreasing the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, gambling and violence at the community level.
During National Prevention Week 2013, PRC organized a citywide forum to generate dialogue about prevention issues in urban areas. Forum participants discussed the "urban dilemma" of why community groups in major cities have not been more involved in recent federal, state, and city initiatives to support community partnerships targeting alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug prevention.