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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.

Spread the word about Communities Talk and get involved in the National Prevention Week #PreventionChampion challenge

Is your organization hosting a Communities Talk event this year? Register now to receive a planning stipend!

Be sure to keep in mind that you do not need to set a firm date or select a venue to register. If your Communities Talk event will take place by December 31, 2019, you can receive a planning stipend.

Spread the word!
Your colleagues from other community organizations or institutions of higher education can request information about hosting a Communities Talk event and may qualify for a planning stipend. Encourage them to contact info@stopalcoholabuse.net.

Participate in the National Prevention Week Prevention Challenge today!
SAMHSA is inviting you to participate in the NPW 2019 Prevention Challenge! This is a great activity to integrate into your Communities Talk event - set up a backdrop for photos or a "selfie station" and ask participants to take photos and videos of their underage drinking Prevention Champions at the event. Remember to use the hashtags #PreventionChampion and #NPW2019.

Date: 05/08/2019

Leveraging Alcohol Awareness Month and National Prevention Week

Leveraging Alcohol Awareness Month and National Prevention Week 

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which is the perfect opportunity for your community to focus on underage and harmful drinking prevention. Plus, learn how Communities Talk events have contributed to national progress in reducing underage drinking rates in SAMHSA’s recent blog post from Luiz Vasquez, LICSW, Acting Director, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Join communities across the nation in celebrating SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) May 12–18, 2019. Tuesday, May 14, focuses on the prevention of underage drinking and alcohol misuse. 
Tell us about your event and be a 2019 Success Story!

Following your event, you will receive an e-mail survey. Please complete the survey to share the positive impact the Communities Talk initiative has had on preventing and decreasing underage drinking in your community. What you share about the results of your event could be highlighted on the Communities Talk Success Stories page.

Date: 04/11/2019

Webinar Archive: Leveraging Partnerships in Planning/Hosting a Communities Talk Event

Watch the archived webinar here.

On March 20, 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hosted a webinar with experts from around the country to discuss best practices for engaging partners in planning, hosting, and promoting a successful Communities Talk event. SAMHSA encourages audiences to view and share this video with their communities or any organizations they know that would be interested in hosting a Communities Talk event.

Date: 04/05/2019

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