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Communities Talk e-Alerts are technical assistance newsletters to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based prevention of underage drinking.

Register Today for New SAMHSA Webinar on March 20: Leveraging Partnerships in Planning/Hosting a Communities Talk Event

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, March 20 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET to learn best practices for engaging partners in planning, hosting, and promoting a successful Communities Talk event.

Date: 03/12/2019


Planning Stipends and Promoting Your Communities Talk Event

More about planning stipends

Completing your registration to host a SAMHSA-sponsored Communities Talk event ensures that you will receive your $750 planning stipend within 21 days. Watch the new step-by-step video tutorial (look for the video in the orange Event Host Log In box on the homepage) about how to register your event.

Promoting your Communities Talk event

Now that you’ve planned your event, you need a strategy to spread the word. The Communities Talk website has the tips and resources you need to promote your event. First, create a promotion plan and learn the best ways to implement it.

Date: 03/05/2019


Ready, Set, Go—2019 Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings Have Begun!

The 2019 Communities Talk stipend cycle is now open! This year, the $750 planning stipends will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you didn't receive an invitation to participate in this year's stipend cycle, e-mail info@stopalcoholabuse.net to request your stipend invitation. Be sure to include your organization's name and website to speed up the verification process.

As you begin planning, remember to check out the resources that are available on the Communities Talk website in the following list.

Date: 02/06/2019


SAMHSA Blog Update: 2019 Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking

Read the latest SAMHSA blog post from Luis Vasquez, LICSW, Acting Director for SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, to learn about the 2019 Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative that will launch in late January.

Date: 01/24/2019


2019 Communities Talk Planning Stipends and January NASPA Conference

This year, SAMHSA will sponsor the seventh round of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking. Beginning in late January 2019, a limited number of $750 planning stipends will be available to help cover the costs of planning and holding a Communities Talk event.

If you’re attending the NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference, you can attend the Communities Talk workshop, “Engaging Campuses and Communities as Partners to Address Underage Drinking: A strategic Framework” from 2:35 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Friday, January 18.

Date: 01/11/2019