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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.

Communities Talk About Virtual Session Recording and Prevention Success Stories

SAMHSA’s Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives launched a new online learning series, “Communities Talk About…” The first session, “Communities Talk About: Young Adult Leadership in Addressing Intersectionality to Advance Prevention,” featured experts from top youth-led organizations and explored the importance of developing prevention strategies within the context of the intersectional, lived experiences of youth/young adults. Intersectionality is a lens through which prevention professionals can gain a better understanding of how personal identities—such as gender, race, class, ability, and sexual orientation—intersect and create specific lived experiences for people and communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on mental and emotional health of children and youth. As Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy states in Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory, “The challenges today’s generation of young people face are unprecedented and uniquely hard to navigate. And the effect these challenges have had on their mental health is devastating.” Read the full article for more information and to see success stories from communities that have addressed mental health in their own work through the Communities Talk initiative.

Date: 05/05/2022

Register Now for National Prevention Week and SAMHSA’s Prevention Day!

Don’t miss SAMHSA’s Prevention Day 2022 on May 9! This virtual event will kick off National Prevention Week activities.

 New Findings: Changes in Alcohol Use Among Girls and Young Women

Girls and young women, ages 12 to 20, are now drinking more alcohol than their male counterparts. SAMHSA has a new publication that shares the facts on this shift in behavior to help the prevention field envision strategies to curb harmful drinking behaviors among this group.

 Colleges Get Involved in the “One Pill Can Kill” Initiative

In this month’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Prevention Profiles: Take Five podcast, learn about the importance of DEA’s “One Pill Can Kill” initiative and how colleges can get involved with Take Back Day.

 New Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC has released two reports, one with data on tobacco use among middle and high school students and another on children’s mental health.

Date: 04/14/2022

It’s Time to Start Planning for SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2022!

It’s Time to Start Planning for SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2022!

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) is a national public education platform that brings communities and organizations together to educate the public about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health, while sharing information about effective prevention strategies. This year NPW will be May 8–14 and SAMHSA is already planning! Go to the NPW website to stay updated and check back often for new resources that can help you start planning your activities.

Tune in to Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTC) Webinars

The SAMHSA-funded PTTC Networks provide technical assistance and learning resources you can use in your substance misuse prevention efforts. By visiting the PTTC Training and Events Calendar, you can easily find webinars and other events to help you keep up with the latest prevention information. Here are some upcoming events on underage drinking and substance misuse prevention:

Date: 03/17/2022

NEW! Data and Success Stories from Your State; and Drug-Free Communities Grant Next Month

Inspiration at Your Fingertips: Data and Success Stories from Your State
You can find the information you need to support your underage drinking prevention work by visiting the State Resources page. There, you’ll find your state summary from the Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking with rates of past-month alcohol use and binge drinking broken down by age group. Information about your state’s expenditures for substance abuse prevention and treatment is also available, as well as details on current laws, enforcement, and programs. You also can see what prevention success looks like on the local level with Communities Talk Success Stories from your state listed on the page. 

Apply for a Drug-Free Communities Grant Next Month!
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. Coalitions’ activities are guided by the SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and the SPF Seven Environmental Strategies to Affect Community Change. In FY2020, more than 700 DFC coalitions across the U.S. received funding to support their prevention activities—and you could be one of them this year! The DFC Support Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will be released in March on Grants.gov. Visit the DFC Support Program for training opportunities.

Date: 02/16/2022

New! 2021 Success Stories are Live

Host a Communities Talk Event in 2022 With the Power of Partnerships and Sponsors 
While SAMHSA’s Communities Talk stipend cycle has ended, the work of prevention has not! SAMHSA encourages communities to continue to build momentum behind the substance misuse prevention movement by hosting an event or activity this year. Now is also a great time to establish and fortify strategic partnerships if you’re planning to do something big in 2023.  

Even if you already have an extensive partner network, think about ways to expand or strengthen it. Partners are vital to maximizing your reach, promoting your message, and supporting your prevention effort—including providing financial support with in-kind contributions. Watch the Communities Talk webinar Leveraging Partnerships in Planning/Hosting a Communities Talk Event to learn how to cultivate and maintain mutually beneficial partner relationships to achieve lasting impact.

New! Featured Success Stories 
Success Stories for events and activities held in 2021 are now posted, and new this year are featured Success Stories that go a little deeper into the what, why, and how communities and organizations nationwide have recruited, educated, and mobilized their constituents to prevent underage drinking. Take a look and prepare to be inspired! 

Date: 01/21/2022

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