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Goals and Objectives
1) Increase the knowledge, awareness and presence of prevention
- Define prevention
- Keep substance abuse professionals informed of prevention efforts
- Increase buy-in and support for prevention
- Be an advocate for prevention issues
2) Increase membership of prevention professionals in APNC
- Market the value of APNC membership for Prevention
- Work collaboratively with the NC Prevention Providers’ Association
- Reach out to potential members in the field
- Increase the number of prevention professionals renewing membership
3) Increase credibility and visibility of prevention
- Increase awareness and recognition of the science of prevention among the continuum
- Increase number prevention topics/speakers as keynotes at conferences
What is Substance Abuse Prevention?
“Prevention is a proactive process and/or activity aimed at educating, supporting, and empowering individuals, families, communities and systems to effectively meet life’s challenges and transitions by creating and sustaining healthy and safe behaviors and environments.”
The prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs has been a priority in our state, and the country, for decades. The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) has stated that “Substance use and abuse is both a health problem in itself and a health risk contributing to other health problems” In itsits recent report (2009) the NCIOM goes on to say that Prevention should be the cornerstone of North Carolina’s efforts to reduce inappropriate use, misuse, and dependence on alcohol and other drugs, and to prevent the incidence and severity of stress, depression, or other anxiety disorders.
Substance Abuse Prevention is not just about “feel good” programs that tug at the heart strings of individuals, families, and the community; instead it is combination of care and concern for our youth and communities combined with science to assure the achievement of positive outcomes.
Prevention is multifaceted, comprehensive and essential when trying to provoke change. Prevention Works! And can make a difference, but it cannot be achieved without the effort and advocacy of its workforce. There are various roles one can be involved within this profession. Some of these include the following:
Participating in a local task force in the community
- Working with a local coalition in the community
- In the Faith-based community-educating clergy, members, and youth about prevention principles
- Advocating through the media by using press releases, public service announcements, writing letters to the editor, opinion editorial articles, and guest editorials, and doing news conferences
- Advocating in the community through Social Norms Campaigns, writing letters to the legislature, community readiness surveys, and forming coalitions
- Representing your Partnerships, Alliances, Coalitions, Collaboratives (PACC) in your local community
- Working on regional, state and national professional workgroups such as the APNC Prevention Committee
Visit www.preventionistheanswer.org to learn more about the field of Prevention, to connect with other Prevention Professionals, and to get the latest updates on what’s going on across North Carolina.