Since 2019, the PACT (Partnering In Action and Change For Tomorrow) team has successfully administered community assessments, youth/young adult surveys and focus groups across Farmingdale, Levittown, Massapequa and Plainedge. Our data continues to provide a snapshot of what youth and young adult (ages 9-20) underage drinking and substance use looks like and how alcohol and substances are accessed in the home and community.
While data is essential to our understanding our youth substance use, equally important, is building relationships to support PACT's prevention efforts.
This summer, the PACT team visited over fifty pediatrician offices and provided 151 PACT Prevention Packets highlighting local underage drinking and substance use rates. Our outreach included tools regarding Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) on youth annual health visits as youth report using alcohol and substances as early as age eleven. In addition, they report only 54% of parents talk with their t(w)eens about the dangers of underage drinking and substance use. Pediatric healthcare professionals are critical for t(w)eens to navigate adolescence and young adulthood healthy and safe.
We are proud to announce a new collaboration with Northwell Health, to provide pediatricians and health professionals training to explore the value of SBIRT implementation on youth annual health visits. Working together, we can weave prevention through the fabric of our communities and ensure the health and safety of our children across Nassau County.
What can you do? Please join our initiative, Like us on Facebook, or visit our website to learn more about how you can change the environment by which underage drinking and youth substance use exists in our communities.