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Town Hall Meeting e-alerts are technical assistance newsletters to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based prevention of underage drinking.

New 2016 Communities Talk Success Stories Now Available


Since 2006, Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking have brought together educators, health care providers, families, community leaders, local businesses, and youth to discuss the best strategies to increase awareness of underage drinking in their neighborhoods, strengthen or create underage drinking prevention laws and ordinances, and bring together all the diverse individuals, groups, and organizations necessary to move an issue forward.

In 2016, 1,500 Communities Talk meetings were held, and 18 of these meetings were selected as Success Stories to showcase a variety of event formats and innovative methods of planning, outreach, evaluation and future actions items for prevention.

These success stories represent outstanding examples of Communities Talk meetings and provide quick snapshots of each community’s local landscape, how they planned the event, the event’s impact, and future plans as a way to inspire others who want to plan their own Communities Talk events.

Read more about this month’s Communities Talk success stories from organizations in Chickasaw County, Iowa; Enfield, Connecticut; Janesville, Wisconsin; and Newton, New Jersey.

Make sure you visit the Communities Talk Success Stories web page for new stories throughout the summer to learn more about these creative events held in local communities. 
Don’t forget: the next Communities Talk cycle starts in 2018. Invitations to register your 2018 event will be sent in late fall of 2017, so start planning now! Visit the Tips and Resources page for useful information on planning any meeting about prevention. Additionally, subscribe to the StopAlcoholAbuse.gov e-mail distribution list to stay on top of the latest data and prevention news from the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.