The Community Prevention Services Program uses neighborhood-level collaboration and partnership to prevent and reduce poor health outcomes associated with substance use.
The goals of the community prevention office are:
- To increase knowledge and awareness about substance use issues that affect Boston communities,
- To promote and implement evidence-based environmental prevention strategies, and
- To build long-term capacity within Boston neighborhoods to address ongoing and emerging substance use issues.
Current focus areas of the Community Prevention office include youth prevention efforts, opioid use prevention, and overdose prevention.
Opioid Use Prevention
In 2013, the Community Prevention office was awarded a grant through the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC). MOAPC is a state-wide initiative administered by Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services to implement local policy, practice, systems and environmental change to prevent the misuse of opioids and to reduce fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses. The Boston MOAPC award will focus on city-wide strategies to reach these goals.
Overdose Prevention Training
Overdose prevention training is available at request to the Boston Community. We schedule trainings with treatment providers, families, law enforcement, hospitals, health centers, housing developments, sober homes, and correctional facilities. Trainings are free of cost to interested groups.
Youth Substance Use Prevention Strategic Plan
In 2017, the Community Prevention Office launched the Boston Youth Substance Use Prevention Strategic Plan. The plan outlines actions the Office will take to a.) increase coordination between public, private and non-profit sector efforts to address factors that contribute to youth substance use and b.) facilitate access to resources that support healthy youth development.
Environmental Strategies to Prevent Youth Substance Use Disorders
The Community Prevention Office works with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and neighborhood coalitions to encourage communities to engage in conversations about substance use and feel empowered to seek resources. Community coalitions utilize environmental strategies, or strategies that focus on changing conditions in the physical, social and cultural environment to create a setting that discourages misuse of substances.