East Bay Regional Coalition
The creation of the regional coalition structure will allow cities and towns to revitalize the interrelationship of prevention work with an expanded focus on the total lifespan and its effects on children and families. This broader scope is expected to improve the overall health and wellness for parents, children and our communities.
While prevention activities have mainly focused on risk factors, we know supporting the protective factors is equally important – things like positive parent-child relationships, effective communication, resiliency and skill development like limit setting – and are all things families and our community address throughout the lifespan.
The regional coalition structure will not only help prevent substance use and abuse, but will also help increase healthy choices and healthier lifestyles. Our goal is to increase physical activity, improve self-image, enhance self-control, expand involvement in sports as well as improve healthy eating, sleeping, stress management, and build stronger relationships. These are all critical elements to living a substance-free life, and allow our communities to maximize our potential for happiness, productivity and life.
The regionalization of prevention in Rhode Island has allowed for the incorporation of health promotion which recognizes:
- Positive healthy lifestyle for prevention of substance misuse
- Destigmatizing of mental illness and the impacts that can result
- Foundations of early measures for families for substance misuse
- Importance of stress reduction and support networks
- Whole lifespan of a child and how to build good decision making, limits and self-control
- Regionalization. Together, we can make a meaningful impact and difference for our communities.
Focused On Keeping the East Bay Healthy and Thriving as a Community
“Police are using Narcan on ride-arounds on a daily basis”
As with other regions in RI and across the US, the East Bay is concerned about opioid misuse and overdose deaths. From February 2016 to May 2017, our region had 129 visits to the Emergency Department for overdose (www.preventoverdoseri.org). We will be working with local pharmacies and law enforcement agencies to educate the public about proper use, storage, and disposal of medications.
“It’s a trickledown effect: you legalize it, more people use it, it becomes more accessible, kids will be able to get it even easier.”
Massachusetts has legalized recreational marijuana and retail pot shops open in the summer of 2018. Because our region borders MA there is concern that our residents may cross state lines to use marijuana. This could create numerous public health problems including a rise in impaired driving. We will be working with our partners in other regions in RI to educate our residents through statewide media campaigns.
“Youth don’t have any training on how to ask for help.”
In the East Bay 17-32% of our youth say they have felt sad or hopeless and 27-31% of our elderly have been diagnosed with depression (East Bay Regional Coalition Needs Assessment 2017). The East Bay is working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to support evidence-based programming in all of our communities.
“Vaping is so new I don’t think adults know what to do or even what they look like.”
Use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) by RI high school students is at 19% (health.ri.gov) and threatens to negate downward trending of tobacco use over the past few years. The East Bay will continue to work with the RI Department of Health to educate communities about ways to counteract the marketing and retail practices that contribute to this such as local retail licensing ordinances. In addition, the coalition will work with the East Bay Tobacco Youth Council to assist schools in addressing this escalating problem.
Project Sticker Shock
Youth leaders from the Students Taking Action Against Negative Decisions (STAAND) of Mt. Hope Highschool and the East Bay Regional Coalition, working together to create a safer, healthier lifestyle, want to combat the East Bay’s growing problems of underage drinking.
Media Ready is an evidence-based program for middle school students designed to give youth the ability to analyze media messages, recognize unhealthy behavior, and prevent substance abuse through the power of media literacy education.
Strengthening Families Program (SFP)
Developed in 1982 by Dr. Karol Kumpfer, Ph.D., and associates, with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse. It is an evidence-based parenting program designed to help parents and teens develop happier family relationships, improve mental health outcomes, and decrease youth alcohol and drug use, violence, and delinquent behavior. Visit StrengtheningFamiliesRI for more information.
East Bay Regional Coalition provides support and funding for law enforcement officers that respond to reports of unruly parties in residential areas and ticket underage youth in possession of alcohol and the adults who provided the alcohol.
The Project ALERT curriculum was created and tested by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. Developed over a ten-year period, Project ALERT addresses the pro-alcohol mindset of today’s teens and effectively increases their likelihood to remain alcohol-free.
Needs Assessment Data
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