APRIL IS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month.  The past year of COVID-19 has caused a lot of stress and anxiety for many people.  Alcohol sales and use has increased during this time.  To learn more about alcohol or if you, a family member or friend is struggling with alcohol, please visit and share “Rethinking Drinking”.   https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The most important thing we can do to help children thrive is to support families before they reach a crisis.  Take some time this month to learn how protective factors and adverse childhood experiences impact families and communities.  Please visit:  https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/


HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

This is a "must see"  virtual education program for parents, caregivers, educators or anyone working with teens.  The awareness program will show what may be hidden in your teen's bedroom that may indicate dangerous or high risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, vaping, self-harm or other risky behaviors.  Our hope is that it will empower parents to communicate with their children about at risk behaviors that can lead to substance abuse disorders.  Go to BVPC's "Hidden in Plain Sight" program by clicking this link:   https://bvpc-hips.com/

COVID-19

The Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition recognizes the amount of uncertainty and stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to everyone during the past few months.  In an effort to lessen that, we are providing resources and a link to the RI Department of Health (below).  Also, please visit our "Mental Health Matters" page for activities and strategies of how to cope during this very difficult time.  Stay healthy and safe!  We are all in this together!
FOR Information about Coronavirus COVID-19:
Call the RI Department of Health Info Line at (401)222-8022  (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Visit the RI Department of Health's COVID-19 Home Page:  https://health.ri.gov/covid/
Prevent Overdose RI Home Page:  https://preventoverdoseri.org/

Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition

Formerly 7 distinct Prevention Coalitions, BVPC is now a regional Prevention Coalition comprised from Burrillville, Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield,  Pawtucket and Woonsocket.  

Who We Are

A regional coalition of community members that come together with a mission to develop, implement, and advocate for effective community-based prevention initiatives.

What We Do

Serve as a catalyst to engage community members to improve the health & wellness of
their community.

Form partnerships to initiate comprehensive, collaborative community prevention initiatives.

Disseminate information about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and issues related to individual and community health & wellness.

Develop media campaigns to provide information to the community.

Provide community education opportunities on health & wellness issues.

Provide healthy youth alternative activities within each community and the region as a whole.

Who We Partner With

Youth
Adults
Parents
Educators
Older Adults
Elected Officials
Local Businesses
Civic Organizations
Healthcare Community
Faith Based Community
Youth Serving  Agencies
Safety & Law Enforcement
Behavioral Healthcare agencies