May 11 - 15, 2020

Prevention Week is a campaign dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health by advancing prevention year-round. The week long PA Prevention Week observance brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities together to celebrate the events and activities that communities have held all year to raise awareness about the importance of preventing substance use and mental disorders.  Prevention Week Press Release and Media Advisory are available to be viewed and shared.


  1. Highlight the importance of Primary Prevention
  2. Showcase the usefulness of the PAYS Survey and data-driven decision-making
  3. Discuss the impacts of prevention efforts in our communities by Single County Authorities and Coalitions across the commonwealth.

Who Gets Involved in Prevention Week

Community-based organizations, schools, community leaders, and behavioral health coalitions are the primary hosts of local Prevention Week Virtual Events. However, everyone can take part in and plan events tailored towards your community.

Remember, as a Single County Authority or Prevention Coalition it’s beneficial to include anyone that touches prevention in your planning and promotion for virtual events, such as those involved in law enforcement, the medical community, faith-based institutions and organizations, and the military community.

We all have a role to play in prevention, and a powerful perspective to bring to the table.

The NEED for Prevention is NOW!

We Are Prevention Campaign

We need YOU to participate in the We are Prevention Campaign! So, get out those cell phones and record a short video or take a selfie!
View a video tutorial of the campaign:  HERE

Use one of the Prevention Week Signs for your video/selfie
Download: HERE

After filming your video or taking a picture, please text or email to Scot Fleming, BOOM Creative
412-889-3140 or
Deadline for video submission to Scot is Friday, May 8th.

BOOM will combine these videos into a short series to premiere on social media during Prevention Week.

Daily Discussions*

Join us at 10:00 a.m. daily, for a series of 15-minute discussions, with state and community leaders focusing on the following topics. These videos will premiere on the CPA Facebook Page.

Mon., May 11: The History and Science of Prevention
Tue., May 12: PAYS and Data Driven Decision Making
Wed., May 13: Intensifying Primary Prevention in Communities
Thu., May 14:  Youth Involvement in Primary Prevention Conversations
Fri., May 15:  Weekly Recap with an Advocacy Twist

*Check back for more details
Videos will be downloaded and available to watch after they premiere.

Plan a Virtual Event

There are endless ways to bring Prevention Week to your community. Get ideas for hosting a virtual event that’s right for your community.
Virtual Event Plans & Ideas

Proclamation for Prevention Week

Here is Representative Donatucci's Official Proclamation.
Here is the Proclamation to Edit to meet the needs of your community. Highlighted in yellow are a few areas to consider changing.

ZOOM Virtual Backgrounds

We're all in ZOOM meetings all day now. Use these Prevention Week backgrounds to show your unity! Over a dozen designs to choose from!
Download: HERE
Video Tutorial: HERE

Facebook Profile and Image Frames

You can find and use the Facebook profile and image frames on your Facebook account.
Video Tutorial: HERE