Spotlight on National Prevention Week Communities

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 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:

Olathe Communities That Care Coalition (Olathe, KS)

Image from Olathe CTC PSA that reads: Olathe Cares. Stop Underage Drinking.

The Olathe Communities That Care (CTC) initiative was developed by a coalition of leadership from local schools, law enforcement, social services and healthcare organizations, parent groups, students, businesses, and city and county agencies. Members work to encourage positive youth development while preventing problem behaviors including substance abuse, academic failure, unplanned pregnancy, school dropout rates and violence.

In observance of National Prevention Week 2013, Olathe CTC hosted a panel discussion for owners of local establishments and liquor stores to discuss how the community can work together to reduce underage drinking. In addition, coalition members reached out to local celebrities to take their photo with their "I Choose" message and created a 30-second PSA with messages about the dangers of underage drinking.

Take a look at the PSA!

Join Together Northern Nevada (Reno, NV)

JTNN logo, consisting of four multicolored hands forming a circle, accompanied by the text: Join Together Northern Nevada; Building Partnerships for a Healthy Community

Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN) is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing the capacity and availability of substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment in Washoe County, Nevada. Through successful partnerships, the organization seeks to create healthy, drug-free communities.

For National Prevention Week 2013, JTNN organized a youth radio 30-second PSA contest for which students wrote and produced their own PSAs. The PSAs were hosted on the websites of JTNN and the local “Alice @ 96.5” radio station for anyone to vote on. A group of the students spoke on air to promote the contest, its cause, and National Prevention Week, and the winning PSA was aired on several local Reno stations throughout the week.

Listen to the students’ radio PSAs that discuss prevention in their own words.

Last Updated: 03/28/2014