These strategies are prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems, and policies that shape behavior.
In the prevention world, strategies fall into 7 different categories:
Create opportunities to support people to participate in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection.
Organize workshops, seminars, or activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members, and staff.
Improve systems/processes to increase the ease, ability, and opportunity to utilize those systems and services in prevention initiatives.
Improve systems/processes to decrease the ease, ability, and opportunity for youth to access substances
Increase or decrease the probability of a behavior by altering the consequences for performing that behavior.
Change the physical design of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection.
Produce formal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules, or laws. (We are not here, yet – but making strides.)
Each year, we work with alcohol and tobacco vendors to properly train them on safe sale of their products.
Underage drinking can be dangerous. We make sure the youth of Newaygo stay safe by keeping an eye out for unsafe party activities.
We regularly inspect alcohol and tobacco vendors to see if they are checking IDs.
We help train bartenders and servers on how to safely make and serve alcoholic beverages.
Unused prescription drugs are often abused. To reduce this, we’ve established eight prescription drop-off centers, as well as drug take-back days.
Twice a year, selected groups of student leaders are brought together to learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, leadership, and more from local community leaders.
We maintain and update local substance abuse data and make it available to all.
We work with local businesses, organizations, churches, and more to educate them on the truth about substance abuse and what can be done to prevent it.
Headway is a proud supporter of the Talk Sooner campaign, which helps parents communicate with their kids about tough issues. Learn more here.