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Communities Talk Events: 2016 Highlights

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0% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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0% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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0% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.

Featured Success Story

Student Advocates Pave the Way in Pennsylvania

Hosted by: Coalition Pathways, Inc.

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Since the inception of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking, Coalition Pathways has been an active participant in every cycle. Erie County has been working on underage drinking prevention for years, holding events for rural, urban, and suburban audiences and appealing to middle school, high school, and college students.

February 27, 2016
Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking, Parental Involvement in Prevention
Erie County, Pennsylvania

In 2016

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74% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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80% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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80% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.

2016 at a Glance

Success comes in many forms, and SAMHSA encourages its event organizers to customize their prevention events to meet the unique needs of their communities and define success in their own setting.

Success can be measured in one or multiple ways, such as:

  • Number of participants, sponsors, or hosts
  • Increase in community awareness of prevention topics and issues
  • Underage drinking prevention activities planned as a result of the event

Explore other Success Stories to learn how Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking events are working across the country, and see how other communities are measuring their event success.


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California Student Athletes Keep Each Other in Bounds

Northern California's Butte County has roughly 90 public K-12 schools and is home to both Butte College and California State University, Chico. Many students who graduate from local high schools go on to attend college nearby, which has created what local officials call "the four-year rule." According to Vernon Spearman, of Butte County Department of Behavioral Health, this is when a junior or senior in high school knows a freshman in college who, in turn, has access to fellow college students who can legally buy alcohol. This, by default, gives the high school student a pipeline to alcohol—a main contributor to underage drinking.

08/23/2016
Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies
Butte County, California

Keeping the Conversation Going with Students in Washington, DC

The District of Columbia is organized into eight Wards, each with approximately 75,000 residents, and each with its own history, neighborhoods, and diverse populations. In Wards 1, 5, 7, and 8, the average age of onset for underage drinking is about 12 years old. In collaboration with the DC Department of Behavioral Health, Bridging Resources in Communities, Inc. (BRIC) leads the Ward 5 Drug-Free Coalition and runs the Ward 7 & 8 DC Prevention Center, which supports residents and educates them about alcohol and substance use.

11/16/2016
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Communication Campaigns and Strategies; Costs to Society/Local Community of Underage Drinking; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; Parental Involvement in Prevention; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Alcohol-Related Policy/Legislation
Washington, DC

Starting the Prevention E>olution! in Arizona

The small, rural community of Amado, Arizona, is susceptible to risk factors that can lead to underage drinking and substance abuse. Proximity to the Mexican border and the community's vast areas of desert and mountain terrain make Amado vulnerable to drug trafficking. The town also sees high rates of poverty and unemployment due in part to low high school completion rates, a lack of job opportunities, and no public transportation.

05/14/2016
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; Campus/Community Collaboration; School-based Strategies; Parental Involvement in Prevention
Amado, Arizona

Bouncing Into Prevention in Florida

A 2014 survey of Florida's Lee County found that 25 percent of high school students and more than 13 percent of middle school students reported using alcohol in the past 30 days. Founded in 1989 by a group of local leaders, the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida is working to reduce the prevalence of underage drinking. The coalition holds lunch-and-learn meetings, Red Ribbon Week celebrations, and prevention events throughout each year.

04/20/2016
Capacity Building/Recruitment; Youth Access to Alcohol; Alcohol-Related Injury, Death, or Health Care Concerns; School-based Strategies
Fort Myers, Florida

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