Kent County Prevention Coalition

Coventry • East Greenwich • Exeter West Greenwich • Warwick • West Warwick

About Us

The Kent Prevention Coalition’s mission is to build a healthier community by preventing and reducing harmful substance use behaviors in Kent County, focusing on youth. The vision is to promote a healthier community for all by developing a substance abuse prevention system that fills gaps in services, prioritizes resources and reduces overlap.  

We have incredibly committed members representing youth, parents,  schools, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Law enforcement, Rotary, healthcare providers and more!  Together we work to put in place evidence based programs and policies to help prevent and reduce youth substance use.

Programs

"What You Need to Know And How to Talk With Your Kids About Vaping"

Vaping’s popularity exploded in 2017, taking many families, schools and healthcare providers by surprise. Vaping, or Juuling as it is often referred to by teens and young adults (named after a popular vape device called JUUL), is the inhaling and exhaling of an aerosol produced by using a vape device.

This guide is intended to help you understand what vaping is, its appeal to youth and the risks and unknowns, due to the lack of long-term vaping studies. We’ve identified some signs to look for and what to do if you are concerned that your child may try or actually is vaping. 

Talk Early. Talk Often and Listen.

It could be as simple as talking early and talking often.  The “Talk Early, Talk Often” campaign is organized to educate and empower parents and caregivers to have ongoing conversations with the young people in their lives around drugs and alcohol. Click play to view our PSA!

Senior Project Tackles Addiction Stigma

Pilgrim HS Student Isabelle Boullier collaborated with the Kent County Prevention Coalition with Kathy Sullivan as her mentor.  Izzy (now a RWU student) hopes that her project will help inspire others to seek treatment and break the stigma associated with addiction. Click here to view the “Senior Project Targets Addction” article on the Warwick Beacon.

Prevention in a Pandemic!- Podcast

When COVID 19 arrived prevented us from meeting in person, the coalitions quickly leaned into creative and innovative ways to get our messaging to parents and partners.  We also knew how important connection is for all of us.  So, we relied on the technology at hand and began what we thought might be a brief placeholder – a podcast. We decided to check in weekly with our prevention partners to see how they continued to deliver services.  Over a year later, we continue to host a weekly interview.  We have listened, learned, and laughed with so many wonderful and wise colleagues. Our gratitude is too deep to express for the opportunity to work with such amazing individuals.  The field of prevention is rich with talented, dedicated and committed folks who are working incredibly hard to make a difference in our communities.

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Contact Us

Regional Director
Kathy Sullivan
ksullivan@risas.org

Partnership for Success
Cyndi Rego
crego@risas.org

Our Community Coalitions

The Collaborative

Mike Fratus
mfratus@comcap.org

West Warwick Prevention Coalition

Astrid Meijer, M.Ed, APS
ameijer.wwpc@gmail.com

Coventry Substance Abuse Task Force

Dana Daverna
DDeverna@comcap.org

WellnessCoalition

Exeter West Greenwich Wellness Coalition

Paul Mangino, Jr
paulmanginojr@outlook.com

East Greenwich Academy Foundation

Bob Houghtaling 
rhoughtaling2@verizon.net