SAMHSA - Communities Talk About Prevention

SAMHSA - Communities Talk About Prevention

Tune in to SAMHSA’s new pilot podcast series to learn how community-based organizations and institutions of higher education are advancing substance use prevention in their own communities! In each episode of Communities Talk About Prevention, you'll learn about the substance use and related issues organizations are facing in their community, how they tailored their work to meet their community’s needs, how they overcame challenges in organizing a prevention-focused activity and how they measured success. Most importantly, they’ll share tips on what worked for them, which we hope will inspire you to get involved in prevention in your own community. This pilot podcast series features participants from SAMHSA’s national Communities Talk initiative. Since 2006, thousands of Communities Talk events and activities held across the country have helped increase public awareness of and action around the prevention of substance use and misuse, covering topics such as underage drinking, vaping, marijuana, opioids, methamphetamine, suicide, mental health, and more.


January 4, 2023 21 mins


  • Omar McDew , Youth Advocate, City of New Britain
  • Tyshaunda Wiley, Prevention Coordinator, New Britain’s Local Prevention Council
  • Annalise Jones, Youth Leadership Council Member, 8th grade student at HALS Academy  


  • New Britain Local Prevention Council


  • New Britain, Connecticut


  • In episode #3, hear from three community members that developed their own public service announc...
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  • Mark Mellecker, Project Coordinator, Building a Safer Evansville (BASE)


  • Evansville, Wisconsin


  • In episode #2, Mark Mellecker, a project coordinator at Building a Safer Evansville (BASE), discusses substance use prevention efforts in a diverse and rural Wisconsin community. He shares how they amplified their Communities Talk activity through a statewide Wisconsin Department of Health preventi...
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  • Rachel Lundgren, Director, Siouxland Cares


  • Sioux City, Iowa 


  • In this first episode, hear how one community coalition works to address substance misuse, bullying, and mental health to strengthen their tri-state area. Rachel Lundgren, the Director of Siouxland CARES, also shares how youth are involved across their prevention activities. 
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