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What's New articles share information to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based strategies to prevent underage drinking.

Virtual Communities Talk Activities; SAMHSA Prevention Resources

Discover Innovative Ideas for Virtual Communities Talk Activities

The Find an Activity Map has details about innovative ways communities and institutions of higher education used their planning stipends to mobilize their community and prevent underage drinking. The map will even show you some of the creative prevention activities happening near you!

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, communities were finding innovative ways to share prevention messages! Here are some creative ideas you can incorporate into your 2021 Communities Talk plans.

SAMHSA Prevention Resources at Your Fingertips

When planning your Communities Talk activity, remember that SAMHSA has prevention and planning resources for you to use.

Date: 02/12/2021


2021 Communities Talk Registration; New and Updated Planning Resources; SAMHSA's 17th Annual Prevention Day

It's Time! Register Now for a 2021 Communities Talk Planning Stipend of $750

Registration for the 2021 Communities Talk activity cycle is now open, and $750 planning stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis! If you didn’t receive an invitation to register yet, email info@stopalcoholabuse.net to request one.

Once your registration information is verified (including a valid copy of your organization’s W-9 form), you should receive your $750 planning stipend within 21 days. Please cash your check within 30 days, even if your activity won’t take place until later in the year. Read the Communities Talk Quick Start Planning Guide for more information about registration and planning an activity.

Fresh for 2021: New and Updated Communities Talk Resources

We know prevention has changed in 2021, and a top priority for this year is providing new and updated resources to support prevention activities. These tips and resources will help you promote and implement your Communities Talk activity.

SAMHSA’s 17th Annual Prevention Day is Monday February 1, 2021

Attend SAMHSA’s 17th Annual—and virtual—Prevention Day and expand your knowledge of evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies. Prevention Day is free, so register today.

Date: 01/15/2021


Get Ready for Communities Talk 2021!

Reduce Underage Drinking Where You Live with Communities Talk

Beginning in January 2021, $750 planning stipends will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep an eye on your email inbox in January for an invitation to apply for a 2021 Communities Talk planning stipend. You can also email info@stopalcoholabuse.net to request an invitation.

Communities Talk Quick Start Planning Guide – Updated for 2021!

Get a head start on your 2021 activity with the newly updated Quick Start Planning Guide. The guide provides a checklist and calendar to support your planning efforts. It also includes helpful information to complete your Communities Talk profile and registration.

Prevention Activities in a Socially Distanced World

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, connecting to your community with prevention messages has been increasingly challenging. But there are many ways to keep prevention alive and community engagement strong that don't require in-person interactions. Read more for some ideas to push prevention forward virtually.

Date: 12/15/2020


SAMHSA’s 17th Annual Prevention Day and Celebrating the Holidays Safely

Virtually Attend SAMHSA’s 17th Annual Prevention Day!

SAMHSA’s 17th Annual Prevention Day will convene on Monday, February 1, 2021, in conjunction with CADCA’s Virtual Forum. This exciting, one-day virtual event will give you the latest on SAMHSA’s prevention priorities for 2021. Registration is free to the public!

Celebrating the Holidays Safely

This year, families and friends will face new and unique challenges as they try to celebrate the holiday season while still following CDC COVID-19 guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This is an especially important topic for underage youth, as data show that they are involved in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes despite being too young to legally purchase or possess alcohol. Read more to learn about resources to help prevent underage drinking and driving.

Date: 11/17/2020


Coming Soon: 2021 Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking

It's back! The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), together with the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) and other national partners, will sponsor the eighth round of Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking. The cycle will launch in January 2021 and $750 stipends will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Using Data to Inform and Mobilize Your Community

Community leaders, parents, and other concerned citizens can be motivated to prevent underage drinking when they learn how many adolescents and young adults begin using alcohol each year. Inspire more people to actively support prevention in your community by using data from SAMHSA’s 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

Date: 10/06/2020


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