Resources for the Community

Chittenden Prevention Network (CPN)

Chittenden Prevention Network is a collective of prevention coalitions, including Winooski Partnership for Prevention, and public health organizations focused on preventing substance abuse and misuse in our county. Our organizations have joined together, using a collective impact model to improve public education, policy and practice, and to support healthy communities.

In 2013, the group jointly applied to and received a Partnership for Success Grant overseen by the Vermont Department of Health and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. This grant provides funding and a focus for the groups work, specifically working to address youth empowerment, prescription drug issues, and alcohol abuse in Chittenden County.

CPN serves the towns and cities of Burlington, Charlotte, Essex, Essex Junction, Hinesburg, Milton, St. George, Shelburne, Westford, Williston and Winooski. 

To learn more, visit Chittenden Prevention Network

Vermont Department of Health (VDH)

Vermont Department of Health's many programs and initiatives help Vermonters live fuller, healthier lives from birth through old age.

About Us: "We focus on prevention, one of the best investments that can be made in health. We promote healthy behaviors such as eating a healthy diet, having regular physical activity, and not smoking or abusing alcohol or other drugs."

Divisions within the VDH include Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and Tobacco Control Program, including 802Quits.

To learn more, visit Vermont Dept. of Health

802Quits.org

Wherever you are on your path to quitting, help is here. Vermonters age 13 and older can access free tools and support for quitting cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, dip, hookah or other tobacco products. 

Learn more at 802Quits.org

Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Every other year, since 1993, the Health Department and the Agency of Education sponsor the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). In addition, the YRBS is supported by many partners across the state who work to acheive positive outcomes for all youth in Vermont.

The YRBS was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease, injury and social problems among youth. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Weight status
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Sexual behaviors

The survey is part of a larger effort to help communities increase the resiliency of young people by reducing high risk behaviors and promoting healthy behaviors. Vermont collects student responses every two years from nearly every high school and middle school in the state.

View Winooski School District's YRBS results of past years:

2017 Winooski School District YRBS

2015 Winooski School District YRBS

2013 Winooski School District YRBS

Prevention Works! VT

A statewide coalition of prevention coalitions and advocates that work collaboratively to support statewide policy, practice, and attitudes that promote prevention, health and wellness with one voice.

To learn more, visit Prevention Works! VT

 

Vermont Tobacco-Free College Campus Initative

Vermont’s Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative is a partnership of Vermont colleges, universities, community coalitions, and the Vermont Department of Health to support the health of our communities of higher learning.

This initiative aims to help individuals and institutions: examine the benefits of tobacco-free or smoke-free campus policies; connect to resources and examples from across the country and within our state; and encourage campuses to join the movement in Vermont.

To learn more, visit VT Tobacco-Free College Campus Initative

 

National Organizations

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

National Institute on Drugs Abuse: NIH's mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.

This involves: Strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved.

Ensuring the effective translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder.

Drug-Free America Foundation: Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. is a drug prevention and policy organization committed to developing strategies that prevent drug use and promote sustained recovery. The Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. vision is a world where all people live free of the burden of drug abuse. Drug Free America Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health monitors the marketing practices of the alcohol industry to focus attention and action on industry practices that jeopardize the health and safety of America's youth.

Reducing high rates of underage alcohol consumption and the suffering caused by alcohol-related injuries and deaths among young people requires using the public health strategies of limiting the access to and the appeal of alcohol to underage persons.

Counter Tobacco

Launched in August 2011, CounterTobacco.Org is the first comprehensive resource for local, state, and federal organizations working to counteract tobacco product sales and marketing at the point of sale (POS). Our site offers evidence-based descriptions of the problem, policy solutions, advocacy materials, news updates, and an image gallery exposing tobacco industry tactics at the point of sale.