Empowering the communities of our Commonwealth to decrease the availability of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, improve mental health wellness and increase engagement of community partners.
The Prevention Enhancement System (PES) provides technical assistance and training to Regional Prevention Centers and their partner prevention planning boards, faith-based groups, and other stakeholders on best practices in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) use/misuse prevention including mental health awareness.
Working within the Strategic Prevention Framework, the Prevention Enhancement System is instrumental in increasing the effectiveness of local community efforts to decrease the availability of ATOD and increase engagement of community partners.
A key focus of the PES is to empower the communities of the Commonwealth to reduce the harmful consequences of ATOD use/ misuse, through environmental strategies and sustained community-based support.
The PES helps provide support on:
• COMMUNITY COLLABORATION
• CAPACITY BUILDING
• DATA COLLECTION
• EVIDENCE-BASED EDUCATION PROGRAM SELECTION
• CURRENT RESEARCH AND TRENDS
• POLICY AND PROCEDURE REVIEW
• PREVENTION PRESENTATIONS ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS
• OTHER NEEDS IDENTIFIED BY COMMUNITIES
PES services are free of charge to prevention providers in Kentucky.
Five Prevention Specialists:
The system includes five prevention specialists, each with a particular expertise area:
ALCOHOL, FAITH BASED & COMMUNITY INITIATIVES, MARIJUANA, NICOTINE, SUICIDE
Find Help Now KY
1-833-8KY-HELP (859-4357) | findhelpnowky.org
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255) | suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The Nicotine Prevention Enhancement Specialist (PES), works with Kentucky agencies and communities and distributes the latest research and information on nicotine and tobacco use, secondhand and thirdhand smoke, and other nicotine health-related issues.
The health and economic consequences from adult and youth nicotine and tobacco use in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are significant. Among Kentucky 10th graders electronic cigarette use jumped 200% from 2016 to 2018 (REACH, 2018).
Services - The Nicotine Prevention Enhancement Specialist is committed to assisting communities by providing technical assistance and resources on current nicotine and tobacco related information.
Training - The Nicotine Prevention Enhancement Specialist provides technical assistance and training on several community-based prevention topics including:
- Provide Electronic cigarette presentations for community use
- Informational and educational handouts on nicotine prevention
- Education on Secondhand and Thirdhand smoke health risk
- Information about appropriate and effective curriculum for schools
- A database of current literature
Technical Assistance/Consultation- The Nicotine PES also provides technical assistance and consultation on conducting needs assessments for nicotine environmental strategies, setting goals and objectives, strategy selection, and evaluation.
Resource Center- The Nicotine PES provides communities with up-to-date nicotine prevention research articles and a wide variety of information on nicotine and tobacco related information.