Greetings! Here is your monthly update from Prevention First about programs, training, resources and prevention news from trusted sources.
"I feel that we're all lighthouses, and my job is to shine my light as brightly as I can to the darkness."

― Jim Carrey
Alcohol Policies and Suicide Prevention

How alcohol policies and suicide correlate is a very intriguing concept. A review of literature was conducted in 2016, examining 20 different research studies from all over the world. They found the protective effect of restrictive alcohol policies can carry over to have an impact on preventing suicide. They discussed four policies that make a difference: Alcohol Price & Taxation, Minimum Legal Drinking Age Law, Alcohol Outlet Density Regulations, and Zero Tolerance Laws*. This concept reinforces efforts to incorporate restrictive alcohol policies for positive youth outcomes. The APRC has developed an infographic highlighting the link between alcohol policy and suicide prevention.

The APRC can assist you in analyzing your IYS data, selecting strategies, and building capacity on alcohol policy. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Kellie Henrichs or Jody Heavilin.

Alcohol Policy Resource Center Clearinghouse

The Alcohol Policy Resource Center is excited to offer some of our resources in a new Clearinghouse!

Requests can be made by downloading the Clearinghouse Form and emailing it to Jody Heavilin. The resources will then be mailed to you.
Technical Assistance from Prevention First

The technical assistance offered at Prevention First expands professional development beyond training to assist substance use prevention providers in applying what they have learned in their communities. Timely, flexible and provider-tailored technical assistance is available to meet the individual needs of providers.

For more information about technical assistance or other services we offer, click email Provider Services.
New Microlearning: Distributing Campaign Messages in Today's Evolving Landscape

Are you still struggling with how you are going to reach your target audience(s) with your Communication Campaigns? Prevention First has created a new microlearning resource for you that is designed to assist you based upon your current needs. 
Are your schools all virtual learning? Are they operating in a hybrid mode? Do you have access to your students for supplementals? Do you or do you not have full support for the campaigns from your administration? Based upon your current situation, you will be directed in this resource towards ideas for reaching your target audience with your campaigns and expanding the reach of your messages.

The Distributing Campaign Messages in Today's Evolving Landscape resource can be found under the Resources tab on the Prevention First website or you can click here to access it. 
New Tip Sheets from Prevention First for Remote Learning

Prevention First has developed two new Tip Sheets centering around solutions to remote learning.
The first is 15 Ideas to Connect with Schools - this tip sheet presents ideas for activities and types of information you can provide to students and teachers to keep them engaged with prevention if in-class YPE presentations are not an option at this time.
However, if you are having or predict issues with contacting schools, Engaging with Schools During Remote Instruction, presents ideas for predicting and overcoming roadblocks you may encounter when communicating with your school stakeholders as many of them have moved to remote instruction. 
Professional in the Time of Covid-19
November 11 - 10:00 am CST
Hosted by Great Lakes PTTC

For many of us, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic is increasing feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation. This virtual learning event explores the impact of stress and anxiety on our physical and mental wellbeing. Presenter Dodi Swope will highlight self-care techniques for reducing stress and strategies for overcoming common barriers to integrating healthy self-care into daily life. Participants will explore and practice methods to identify what works best for them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define two types of stress and their impact on physical and mental wellbeing.
  2. List four self-care techniques.
  3. Describe one barrier and a solution for integrating self-care into a daily routine.

The Great Lakes PTTC offers this training to prevention practitioners in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

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186.5 lbs of unused pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs were collected at the Prevention First drop off location for National Drug Take Back Day.
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and program types.
Training Events


Nov 19 - Cancelled

If you have any questions about training please contact Anne Cox,
SAP TTA Manager at

If you've registered and cannot attend Click Here for directions on cancelling your registration.
COVID-19 Training Policy
Webinar Wednesdays

Community Capacity -
Building the Foundation for Success
November 18 - 1 - 2:30 pm EDT
Trainer: Kym Laube

Community capacity by definition is the interaction of human capital, organizational resources and social capital existing within a given community that can be leveraged to solve collective problems to improve or maintain the well-being of a given community. It’s not just about getting people in the room, it’s about utilizing their natural skillsets in order to move the work of the coalition forward and, in turn, giving them a sense of purpose. Come join Kym Laube as we move from a group focus to a team approach, creating meaningful ways for members to contribute to and improve community outcomes. 

It Starts with Relationships
December 2 - 1 - 2:30 pm EDT
Trainer: Kim Brown

What is the importance of community-based relationships when it comes to long-term sustainability? Using SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, Bolman & Deal’s (2008) Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership, and CADCA’s National Coalition Academy recommendations, Kim Brown will present on the importance of building a strong foundation of local community partners that are engaged, so that achieved community-level goals and objectives are sustained. 
APRC Webinar

Preventing Youth
Access to Alcohol Online

Nov 17 - 10:00am-11:00am

Dr. Williams will discuss how youth get access to alcohol online, the scope of the problems with Internet alcohol sales, the regulatory issues surrounding online alcohol sales, how to restrict online alcohol sales, and the impact that COVID has had on online alcohol sales and the research aiming to address preventing youth access.

Rebecca S. Williams Ph.D., M.H.S., is a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has spent more than 20 years studying the sales and marketing practices of websites that sell age-restricted products such as tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, kratom, and cannabis, with a keen eye towards policy change related to youth access prevention and tax evasion.

*Self Study Course*

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse is an online course designed for substance misuse prevention professionals who would like a better understanding of prescription drug and opioid misuse. During the course, participants will learn about the most commonly misused prescription drugs, including opioids, use rates and trends among U.S. and Illinois teens, factors that contribute to prescription drug and opioid misuse and effective prevention strategies and applicable resources.
Archived Webinars
at Prevention First

Did you miss a Prevention First live webinar? We've got ya covered!

Check out Archived Webinar in the sidebar of SUPP Training Events. In each description is a link to the recording. Simply complete the registration and submit. The recording will begin and you are ready to go!

NOTE: CEUs are not offered for recorded webinars.
Prevention First creates and collects helpful resources for substance use prevention and related issues. Resources include printable documents, video links, full toolkits and curriculums, and links.

Visit the resources page on our website to access materials for Substance Use Prevention Professionals, Substance Use Prevention, and Drug Specific resources.