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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.

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. They are going fast, so register now!

You can use the stipend for planning needs such as facilities rental, printing, promotion, or other costs related to hosting your event. However, stipends cannot be used to pay for food and beverages, entertainment, door prizes, discounts, incentive giveaways, or promotional products (e.g., T-shirts, baseball caps, or coffee mugs). If you have additional questions about the appropriate use of planning stipends, contact info@stopalcoholabuse.net.

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 with their name, email, phone number, organization name, and name of an affiliated national organization if they have one (i.e., PTA, SAMHSA grantee, other prevention organization).

Participate in the National Prevention Week Prevention Challenge today!
As the prevention field gears up for National Prevention Week (NPW) 2019 from May 12–18, we are learning about good examples of prevention taking place around the country. Individuals and organizations alike model substance use prevention and promote mental health in so many ways, and we know people are watching … and listening.

That’s why SAMHSA’s NPW 2019 Prevention Challenge is all about Prevention Champions. SAMHSA is inviting you to take a photo or video of your Prevention Champion—or champions!—post it on social media, and share the one word that best describes how they help connect people in the community to a healthier life. 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.