PCA was founded to engage communities in developing strategies to prevent substance abuse. Building on our roots, PCA promotes community wellness through substance abuse and underage drinking prevention initiatives, such as the Underage Drinking Prevention Committee. In addition, PCA works to ensure access to healthcare for all families, regardless of immigration status, including primary care, mental/behavioral health, and oral health. PCA believes that health is a shared responsibility. We help facilitate community driven solutions around health equity by bringing communities together and raising awareness about preventative health strategies. PCA’s focus around community wellness drives our efforts to create healthier communities.

Our Focus Areas:

Access to Quality Healthcare for All

Over the past years, the Partnership has worked with State and local officials, families and partner community organizations  to ensure access to healthcare for all families, regardless of immigration or economic status, including primary care, mental/behavioral health, and oral health. Together we are working to increase public investment to build a more equitable health system that ensures our families are healthy and we can have stronger, more prosperous communities throughout New Mexico.

We believe that every resident of Bernalillo county who is income qualified should have access to health care. In 2014, community leaders and the Partnership successfully got Bernalillo County on board with the initiative for Quality Healthcare for All. Discussions are underway between Bernalillo County and the University of New Mexico Hospital to guarantee we have a safety net that ensures all Bernalillo County residents who income qualify have access to healthcare services.

 

Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Prevention Program

The Partnership for Community Action’s Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Prevention Program promotes positive development of children, youth and families. PCA works collaboratively with communities in New Mexico, parents and local decision makers to ensure our families are safe and informed. The goals are to prevent and delay the use of alcohol and prescription drugs, as well as to minimize the potential future harm from use.

Youth substance abuse has been found to be an evident problem in New Mexico. Many of the problems have severe implications on the health and well-being of the community. PCA’s Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Prevention Program is made possible by grant funds from the New Mexico Department of Health Behavioral Health/Office of Substance Abuse Prevention.

Program approach:

The Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Prevention Program focuses on reducing the following risk factors:

  • Community laws and norms that are favorable toward alcohol and drug use
  • Early first use of drugs
  • Easy access to alcohol and prescription drugs
  • Low perception of risk of arrest/legal consequences

The Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Prevention Program addresses these risk factors by implementing evidence-based programs and environmental strategies.

The Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Prevention Program Services Include:

  • Prevention sessions for students designed to help students graduate and be substance free
  • Prevention classes for schools on raising alcohol literacy in elementary and middle school students.
  • Prevention strategies to reduce tobacco sales to youth under the age of 18
  • Prescription Drug Campaign targeted at pharmacies, medical providers, parents, youth and elders. http://www.nmprevention.org/Dose-of-Reality/News.html
  • Monitoring of alcohol advertisements and new liquor outlets. Read our Case Study 2014
  • Coordination of coalitions and SouthWest Community Schools Collaborative created to provide students and families with the necessary resources to keep students in school, out of the juvenile justice system, and substance-use free. Learn more about SWCSC
  • Community Surveys which collects information about drinking and driving, binge drinking, prescription drug abuse and mental health
  • Public awareness activities, such as UAD Townhall, public service announcements, SouthWest Community Schools Collaborative Day at the State Legislature to recognize outstanding students enrolled in the program. Listen to our Public Service Announcements!

     

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If you would like to be involved in any of our prevention activities please call 505.247.9222 or email jolenea@forcommunityaction.org

 

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