Genesee County Prevention Coalition Newsletter

GCPC March  News & Updates

GCPC Monthly Meetings 

** All meetings held at our office located at
G4428 Fenton Rd., Flint, MI 48507**

  • Join us for March's Monthly Coalition Meeting Tuesday, March 10,
    8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Featured Community Partner Presentation: Phil Hall,
    Flint Campus Director, Life Challenge Ministries.
  • Prescription Drug Workgroup meets Tuesday, March 17 , 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.**
  • Underage Drinking Workgroup meets Tuesday, March 24, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.**
  • Marijuana/Vaping Awareness Workgroup meets Tuesday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30am.

New Alliance Formed to Strengthen Tobacco Control Policies, Protect Michigan Kids from Tobacco

To combat Michigan's growing youth tobacco epidemic, a new statewide alliance has launched committed to strengthening tobacco control policies to better protect the state's young people. The GCPC is proud to be one of the 50+ organizations who have signed on to support this initiative. 
Michigan spends over $4.5 billion annually on smoking-related health costs and nearly 30 percent of cancer deaths in Michigan are attributable to tobacco products, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

"Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in Michigan. Nationally e-cigarette use among high school students has increased by 135 percent in the last two years alone," said Jodi Radke, regional director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "Our alliance is committed to reversing this dangerous trend and protecting our kids' futures."

For more information on the Keep MI Kids Tobacco Free Alliance, visit

Community Playlist 

Last month, Kelly Oginsky sat down with Kristen Centers-Young from Flint Odyssey House on their Community Playlist episode that airs on their low power FM radio station, 92.1 WFOV. 

This program is funded by Region 10 and a grant from the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions as a prevention initiative to help the community rise above the influence. 

Big thank you to Flint Odyssey House for inviting us to participate and discuss the work and various projects going on at the Genesee County Prevention Coalition. 
Genesee County Opioid Abuse Prevention VISTA Program

The GCPC has a job opening to fill the Genesee County Opioid Abuse Prevention VISTA roll. The VISTA project will build capacity for local organizations to address the opioid epidemic. VISTA members will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as resource development, training, community engagement, partnership development, and data/research over the course of one program year.

If you, or someone you know is interested in this position please contact  Lisa Fockler at or  Jennifer McArdle at 
Basic Elements of Effective Prevention (BEEP) Training  

BEEP Training will provide an introduction to the science and research used by certified Substance A buse Prevention Specialists to decide what problem behaviors to addres s, measure the community's willingness to create change and address the problem, chose the most effective and realistic strategies and measure and sustain their efforts

If you are interested in learning more about effective prevention strategies and opportunities to work with coalition staff and volunteer coalition members, please consider attending this training. 

Date: March 24th 
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: Holiday Inn Gateway, 5353 Gateway Centre, Flint, MI 48507

Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults

In response to the charge of the 21st Century Cures Act to disseminate information on evidence-based practices and service delivery models, the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Lab has developed the Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series focused on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and mental illnesses. With this specific resource guidebook, SAMHSA's goal is to inform parents, families, practitioners and communities of prevention strategies for young adults ages 18-25, a group at increased risk for substance misuse. 

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