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New Resources for Event Organizers


If you haven’t visited the Town Hall Meeting Web page recently, you might be unaware of an exciting, fast-approaching event and several new resources. These are:

National Underage Drinking Prevention Day Webcast

On May 21, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EDT, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) will host Getting to Outcomes in Underage Drinking Prevention, a live, interactive Webcast about communities that are using Town Hall Meetings to engage individuals and organizations in the use of evidence-based environmental prevention. Please join a panel of national, State, and local activists in discussing approaches leading to positive outcomes in reducing underage drinking and its consequences. No registration is required; just follow the login steps that will be posted on May 21. This Webcast supports SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week from May 21-26, 2012. Monday, May 21, is Underage Drinking Prevention Day.

Use the customizable Proclamation to proclaim May 21 as Underage Drinking Prevention Day in your community.

Video Resource Disk

Town Hall Meeting Video Resource diskA Town Hall Meeting Video Resource disk, customized by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services region, is now available for ordering. The disk features a 60-second welcome from Frances M. Harding, CSAP director, to attendees at your event. The welcome is presented in English and with Spanish subtitles. Additional video resources are Underage Drinking Prevention: Time To Listen, Time To Act (as shown at the regional stakeholder meetings on underage drinking prevention held during 2011) and State/Territory videos sponsored by SAMHSA for your region. These broadcast-quality videos can be played from a computer or a DVD, with no Internet access required. Request your copy of the disk by sending an email to Be sure to identify your State or Territory in your request.


Image of Widgets

What's a widget? A widget is a free online application that displays content directly on your organization or personal Web site, blog, or other online page. Once you've added a widget to your page, no technical maintenance is needed—its content updates automatically.

Two widgets are now available to promote Town Hall Meetings. Use the Find a Meeting Widget to find Town Hall Meetings in your local area or to encourage others in your community to locate and attend events. The most up-to-date information on local events will be displayed when a city, State, or ZIP Code is entered.

The 2012 Town Hall Meeting Countdown Widget builds anticipation for your Town Hall Meeting by counting down the months, days, and time until it takes place. This widget also displays event details entered by you in the My Town Hall area. If you haven’t entered your final event details, the widget will display your organization name and display a general countdown to the week of March 22, 2012. If you enter or change your event details in the My Town Hall area, the widget will update automatically. Use this widget on your organization’s Web site to attract and raise interest in your event.

Customizable PowerPoint Presentations

Two new, customizable PowerPoint slide sets have been posted under the Presentation Planning section of Resources. One slide set presents a general overview of underage drinking and prevention; the other slide set specifically addresses underage drinking prevention by campus communities. You do not have to use the slides as presented, but may select slides, as needed, to guide your Town Hall Meeting discussion toward effective solutions of local problems. We encourage you to increase the impact of the slides by adding local statistics on underage drinking and photos.

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Please email us at with your suggestions about how to improve or expand resources to support the planning, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of Town Hall Meetings. We look forward to hearing from you.