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Communities Talk What’s New articles share information to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based prevention of underage drinking.

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


Watch the archived webinar here.

Underage drinking touches many aspects of a community or college campus so it’s important to involve as many individuals in the community as possible in a Communities Talk Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking event. Partnering with elected officials, law enforcement professionals, school administrators and educators, parent and student organizations, faith-based organizations, local media and businesses can help increase a Communities Talk event’s reach and impact. Partners can provide a wealth of support for an event, such as recruiting or obtaining event speakers, promoting the event, offering a venue, supplying volunteers, and donating door prizes and giveaways.

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.

  • Marion Pierce, Public Health Analyst, SAMHSA (moderator)
  • Becky Carlson, Executive Director, Center for Prevention and Counseling, New Jersey
  • Sally Linowski, Associate Dean of Students, Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Allisyn Marks, Youth Commissioner, Placer County Youth Commission, Auburn, California
Webinar Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how partnering with organizations can increase the reach and impact of your Communities Talk event.
  • Understand the strategic value of partnerships— what partners in your community will strengthen your prevention efforts and how to recruit them.
  • Learn how to cultivate mutually-beneficial partner relationships to achieve both a successful Communities Talk event, as well as maintain a long-term partnership to achieve lasting impact.