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PHOTO: People celebrate NPW by participating in Saving Others For Archie’s 5th Annual Jump for Archie. In particular, the initiative has: 2019 • Coordinated “soft launches” for NPW at SAMHSA’s Prevention Day, sharing data and inviting participants to engage with the Prevention Action Center—an area where people can take photos, participate in a social media challenge, and learn about SAMHSA’s prevention resources. “National Prevention Week shows us each year that there are tremendous examples of prevention efforts taking root at the local level.” — DR. ELINORE McCANCE-KATZ Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use CLICK HERE TO WATCH NPW KICK-OFF VIDEO Ready to Inspire Action and Change Lives Making sure people realize that prevention is not only possible but is taking place every day through small and large actions has been the goal of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Prevention Week (NPW) since the observance began in 2012. Held each year in May, NPW provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities around the country to get “in the weeds” in their neighborhoods, online communities, and other venues to tell stories, teach, and learn about how to make a difference in community health. It hasn’t always been an easy task, especially when it comes to substance use; some communities aren’t fully prepared to deal with an issue until it’s too large to ignore. Over the past few years, SAMHSA has worked hard to turn that tide and nurture prevention efforts in every corner of the nation. Recently, the agency has channeled new energy toward smart, strategic efforts that have leveraged the work of those in the prevention field, leadership at SAMHSA and in other divisions, and private sector partners to show the impact of substances and convey that there is, in fact, power in prevention. 2 2019 OUTCOMES REPORT • Reached new audiences by fostering partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health, keeping them tuned in to NPW planning and activities throughout the year. • Built capacity for those in the field to implement prevention strategies by creating a robust webinar series, maintaining a detailed website, and developing essential tools such as the NPW Planning Guide and Resource Calendar. DAILY HEALTH THEMES MONDAY Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse TUESDAY Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse WEDNESDAY Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use • Designed a Prevention Challenge that encouraged organizations and individuals alike to identify a Prevention Champion, resulting in a unique digital mosaic. THURSDAY Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping) Some communities may be struggling with the opioid crisis; others may be grappling with mental illness and suicide rates. Whatever they are dealing with, NPW brings their year-round efforts to light via a one- week observance that encourages us all to consider what life can look like when we focus on prevention. FRIDAY Preventing Suicide • Promoted and disseminated quality resources and publications, particularly the Tips for Teens series, which explores emerging substances and challenges such as opioids and e-cigarettes, and shareable data visualizations featuring data on specific substances. 2019 OUTCOMES REPORT 3