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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.

New College Drinking Resources; Planning Your 2021 Communities Talk Activity


NEW! College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives Discussion Guides for Campus Communities

We are excited to introduce two new discussion guides to use with the College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives video series! The videos highlight how college-focused prevention strategies were successfully implemented on campuses to reduce underage and problem drinking. The new discussion guides provide an overview of key themes and strategies in each episode, as well as conversation starters to spark discussions within your college community about alcohol. Consider using these videos and guides to hold a virtual viewing party as your 2021 Communities Talk activity!

  • The video “Lessons Learned at Frostburg State University” provides insight into how Frostburg State University successfully worked with the community to reduce underage and high-risk drinking among the student population. The new discussion guide for the video provides insights on building college and community partnerships and encourages viewers to talk about ways they can leverage these strategies in their own community.
  • The video “Embracing Culture and Context to Prevent Underage Drinking” shows how historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) embrace their rich culture and the student body’s lived experiences to create prevention strategies to meet the unique needs of their community. The discussion guide highlights how HBCUs—as well as other institutions that primarily serve students from a distinct background, region, or culture—can approach underage drinking prevention.

Have You Started Planning Your 2021 Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking Activity?

If you haven’t, don’t worry! SAMHSA has plenty of resources to help you plan your 2021 Communities Talk activity.

Remember, you can still register to host a Communities Talk activity and receive a $750 planning stipend. If you didn’t receive an invitation to register yet, email info@stopalcoholabuse.net to request one. Stipends are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis, and they’re going fast.

First, consider conducting an assessment of your community’s prevention needs. Your assessment can guide the format and timing for your Communities Talk activity. Next, browse the Communities Talk Planning webpage for resources to meet the goals and objectives identified in the assessment phase.

If you’re planning a Communities Talk activity for parents, you can also use resources from SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You. campaign. Check out some of its latest resources below: