May 9 - 15, 2021
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 and recognize Prevention efforts.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed May 9-15 as National Prevention Week in Pennsylvania and encourage citizens across the Commonwealth to recognize the importance of substance abuse prevention in PA as a priority for public health.
- Highlight the importance of Primary Prevention
- Showcase the usefulness of the PAYS Survey and data-driven decision-making
- 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!
NEW! Updated for 2021 Expanded Toolkit
There are so many resources to help your organization celebrate and promote Prevention Week, we created a new page for them. Go to the TOOLKIT page for printable signs, letters to legislators, op-ed templates, ZOOM backgrounds, e-mail signatures, social media memes, posts, frames, and covers and more!
Call for YOUR Videos and Selfies
We need YOU to participate in this year's video and selfie compilation! So, get out those cell phones and record a short video or take a selfie!
Go get one of the new 2021 Prevention Week Signs for your video/selfie on our Expanded Toolkit Page.
BOOM Creative recorded a TUTORIAL showing how to place your logo or name into one of the Prevention Week signs (for free!).
You can send your video or image to us using one of the following options:
- Upload your video or selfie in this Dropbox Link
- Text it to Jeff, at 724-977-2781
View a video tutorial of the themes for the 2021 campaign.
View the video highlights reel from the 2020 submissions.
BOOM will combine these videos into a short series to premiere on social media during Prevention Week.
Go Get New Memes and Use Them!
Over on the new Toolkit Page, we've created Memes for you to use!
Starting with Alcohol Awareness month, share these custom memes on various social media platforms! HERE
Request a Proclamation for Prevention Week For YOUR County
Each year, County Commissioners award a wide range of official proclamations recognizing individual achievements, initiatives or events like Prevention Week.
Typically, organizations interested in receiving a proclamation should reach out to their County Commissioners' office with their requests as early as possible.
Some offices may use their own proclamation process forms, but it's still a great idea to send along a completed outline with your request that makes it easy for them to convert the information into their standard format.
The Commissioner's office will consider the request and hopefully reach out to your organization for more information.
To get you started, HERE is a downloadable template for requesting a Prevention Week proclamation in your county. Print it. Fill it out. Send it to your County Commissioner's office!