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Advocating for Prevention and Celebrating Our Successes

CPA is proud to announce PA Prevention Week taking place 7-13 May 2023. The effort—part of National Prevention Week (NPW) hosted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—is an annual public education platform bringing together communities and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.

“PA Prevention Week aims to promote prevention year-round,” says Jeff Hanley, CPA Executive Director. “Prevention happens in all of our communities, and we are asking prevention professionals, organizations, and coalitions to use this week to advocate for their programming, recognize local prevention partners and champions, and use social media to highlight their prevention successes.”

During Prevention Week, CPA will announce the winners and recognize all nominees of its 2023 PA Prevention Awards, celebrating exemplary prevention efforts occurring across our state. A wide variety of more than 100 individuals, coalitions, and teams from across Pennsylvania were nominated.

Throughout the week, CPA and their partners  will host regional events to celebrate the winners and nominees of the 2023 PA Prevention Week Awards for their amazing contributions to the community and field of prevention.

In addition, CPA will soon host its 33nd annual statewide prevention conference 7-9 June 2023 in State College, PA. The conference supports prevention professionals in the field as they continue to work hard to improve the public health of our communities. The conference will feature a dynamic lineup of speakers, keynotes, workshops, and 30-minute power sessions. Additional details including keynote speakers and in-person/virtual options for registration can be found here.

To access resources provided by CPA to aid prevention professionals in representing PA Prevention during National Prevention Week, and to learn more about PA Prevention Week, please go here.

Daily Schedule

Tuesday, 9 May 2023 — 10 am to 12 pm
Lenape Heights Golf Resort, 950 Golf Course Road, Ford City, 16226

  • In coordination with partners at Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission
  • Special guest speakers will include: Mr. Jim Struzzi, PA State Representative, Dr. Eric Kocian, Associate Professor of Criminology, St. Vincent College and Jill Northey, Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion-Drug & Alcohol Commission

Wednesday, 10 May 2023 — 10 am to 12 pm
Bellefonte Youth Center, 114 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823

  • In coordination with partners at Centre County Youth Services Bureau
  • Special guest speakers will include: Karlene J. Shugars, Centre County D&A, Denise McCann, Centre Helps, and Brittany Sherman, Centre County Youth Service Bureau

Thursday, 11 May 2023 — 10 am to 12 pm
Jewish Family & Children Services, 345 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Friday, 12 May 2023 — 9:30 am to 11:30 am
RISE Center, 702 N. 8th Street, Reading, PA 19604

  • In coordination with partners at Council on Chemical Abuse, Berks County
  • Special guest speakers will include: Radarra McLendon, The Village of Reading, Barbara Werner Community Prevention Partnership, José Lugo, Recovery Coaching Services, and John T. Adams District Attorney, Berks County
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