The answer is YES. As a member of your community, your voice can add value and have an impact on the policy process by sharing your views on what you see as a need for you, your family, your neighbors, with the goal of making your community a safer and healthier place to live.
Many Rhode Island prevention coalitions are now primarily funded from federal sources and are prevented from lobbying for policies and laws even when there is evidence that these are effective prevention strategies. Rhode Island eliminated prevention funding from the State budget in 2015.
Register online at rilin.gov for bill tracking and follow the progress of bills that are of interest to you. Register here
Contact your legislators and ask them what their opinion is on substance abuse prevention issues. Most legislators want to hear from their constituents and will accept email, letters, and phone conversations.
Join your local or regional coalition and ask to sit on the policy committee.
Attend local and state hearings when issues concerning prevention are discussed. For instance, many local planning and zoning committees periodically address commercialization of drugs such as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS or vapes), alcohol, and marijuana.
Strategizer on public health policy change. Read more
Join APHA members, Affiliates and other advocates in educating members of Congress on important public health issues that help build and maintain healthy communities. Read more
Policy Recommendations from the Center for Alcohol Marketing to Youth at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read more
Model Underage Drinking Laws. Read more
ChangeLab Solutions – Licensing Ordinance Checklist. Read more
ChangeLab Solutions – Tobacco Retailer Licensing. Read more
Tobacco Free Rhode Island – Age 21 Policy Brief. Read more
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Read more