Community Partnership’s Prevention Resource Center (PRC) is one of 11 PRCs in Missouri that provides technical assistance, training and support to Missouri communities interested in decreasing their substance use and violence problems.
These communities form coalitions through the assistance of PRC Prevention Specialists and implement the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to help them successfully impact substance use and violence problems through effective prevention efforts. A comprehensive Regional Needs Assessment is completed by the PRC annually to help guide its strategic planning efforts.
The PRC currently serves a 21-county region of Southwest Missouri.
Coalitions Served by the Prevention Resource Center
- 417SQUAD (Students Questioning Use and Abusing Drugs): A coalition in Greene County comprised of high school students in Springfield who work together to prevent peer use of drugs, alcohol and violence while helping shape the future for younger youth. They accomplish this through educating peers on the dangers of misusing drugs and providing a youth voice to other coalitions on issues related to their age group. Contact Rikki Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Advocates for Better Communities (ABC): A coalition in Polk County committed to providing youth, parents, and the community with factual information, education, prevention and intervention tools to reduce the incidence of high-risk behaviors among youth. ABC works to change organizational practices, influence policy and regulations, and promote community education and substance use prevention. Contact Katie Weathermon at email@example.com for more information.
- Carthage Caring Communities Coalition (CCC): Rallies the entire community by supporting local families and children thus altering the culture of their community so that healthy choices are made to prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. CCC is sponsoring a SADD chapter at Carthage High School, reinforcing prevention efforts targeting teens. Contact Anna Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Christian County Coalition on Substance Misuse: A coalition in Christian County with a mission to reduce the prevalence of illegal drugs and misuse of legal drugs in the county through education, prevention, and referral to substance use treatment programs. Contact Chris Davis at email@example.com for more information.
- Dallas County Live Well Alliance (DCLWA): A coalition in Dallas County committed to educating and improving the health of citizens there. DCLWA strives to promote positive attitudes toward wellness and reduce the incidence of chronic disease and high-risk behaviors. Contact Katie Weathermon at firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
- Don’t Meth with Missouri, Inc. (DMWM): A coalition in Greene County formed out the Southeast Springfield Rotary Clubs’ efforts to reduce methamphetamine use, DMWM incorporates Rotary values to help youth reach their full potential by providing substance use education and awareness and promote good choices through school programs to youth in 5th, 7th and 10th grades throughout Southwest Missouri. Contact Katie Weathermon at email@example.com for more information.
- Douglas County Community Health Assessment Resource Team (CHART) & Interagency Council: A coalition in Douglas County with a mission dedicated to assisting Douglas County residents to achieve healthier lifestyles by expanding, introducing, and enhancing community activities. This includes physical, mental, and spiritual health and education to help youth and adults reduce substance use. Contact Steve Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Drug Responsibility Education and Advocacy Movement (DREAM): The mission is to radically decrease the damage done by medication misuse in Greene County. They accomplish this by conducting educational programs, media and social media outreach, participating in community events, and coordinating medication take-back events. Contact Anna Jones at email@example.com for more information.
- Greene County Tobacco and Vape Prevention Coalition (TVP): A coalition in Greene County with the mission to eliminate consequences from tobacco use and exposure through prevention, intervention and treatment. Contact Katie Weathermon at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Howell County Community Coalition (HC3): A coalition in Howell County that works to educate and advocate for substance use prevention and mental health promotion, to improve the wellbeing of the community. HC3 has invested a lot in mental health awareness and engaging the family as a protective factor in the reduction of underage drinking. Contact Steve Miller at email@example.com for more information.
- Joplin Safe Teens Coalition (JST): Addresses issues that directly affect area teens through educational programs, public awareness campaigns, media outreach and data collection. JST is working diligently to reduce underage drinking by reducing access through hosting Responsible Beverage Service trainings for retailers. Contact Anna Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Lamar Drug Free Coalition (LDFC): A coalition in Barton County that advocates for the inclusion, expansion and recognition of policies, programs and practices that effectively reduce substance use. LDFC has a focus on helping children make healthy decisions and strives to provide alternative activities for teens. Contact Steve Miller at email@example.com for more information.
- Lawrence County Prevention Team (LCPT): A coalition in Lawrence County that provides comprehensive prevention programs and services to help reduce substance use and violence-related issues in the community. LCPT was formed to address what one of the highest marijuana use rates by youth in the state, and also conduct an annual docudrama in Aurora each Spring to increase awareness of the dangers of underage drinking and driving. Contact Steve Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- McDonald County Community Coalition (MCCC): Brings people together to proactively address health and well-being by implementing activities customized to serve the citizens of McDonald County. MCCC is working with FCCLA students at McDonald County High School to address teen use of electronic cigarettes. Contact Anna Jones at email@example.com for more information.
- Southwest Missouri Initiative to Change Health (MO-SWITCH): A coalition in Barry County that promotes health for all county residents by developing collaborative partnerships to affect environmental changes that foster community health. MO-SWITCH strives to reduce the use of tobacco in a county that historically has one of the highest use rates among teens in the state, and partners with local law enforcement to provide proper disposal of unused and expired medications. Contact Steve Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Newton County Community Coalition (NCCC): Strives to prevent drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors among youth through collaboration, education, empowerment, early-intervention and community transformation efforts throughout Newton County. NCCC is now in their 9th year as a Drug Free Communities Grant awardee. Their central focus is underage drinking, marijuana and medication misuse prevention. This coalition won the Milestone Award at ACT Missouri’s 2019 Statewide Prevention Conference for their advocacy work, leading to passing of a local ordinance increasing penalties for retailers who sell/serve alcohol to minors. Contact Anna Jones at email@example.com for more information.
- Ozark County Substance Abuse Task Force (OCSATF): A coalition in Ozark County focused on addressing the growing issues related to substance abuse in their communities through education, prevention and treatment through collaboration with law enforcement, educators, physical and mental health care professionals, the judiciary and spiritual leaders. OCSATF seeks to preserve the health of its citizens, the integrity of its families and provide for the safety of its children. Contact Steve Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Ozarks Fighting Back (OFB): This coalition in Greene County works to prevent the misuse of substance misuse and related violence, especially among youth, through the mobilization of communities to build more healthy lifestyles. Contact Steve Miller at email@example.com for more information.
- Stand Against Trafficking: This coalition in Greene County exists to mobilize the community to end human trafficking in the Ozarks, through raising awareness, providing education to community leaders, emphasizing prevention through a variety of strategies, promoting community collaboration and advocating for and supporting survivors of human trafficking. Contact Rikki Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Stone County Community Health Coalition: This coalition in Stone County works to identify priorities associated with health and safety and promotes accessible health opportunities within a safe environment for all who live, work and visit Stone County. Contact Chris Davis at email@example.com for more information.
- Taney County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT): This coalition in Taney County works to reduce the prevalence and consequences of youth substance use to promote a safe and healthy community by working to increase the age of first use of substances, decrease the past 30 use of substances by youth, and reduce community norms favorable towards youth substance use. Contact Chris Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Underage Drinking Task Force (UDTF): This coalition in Greene County works to prevent underage drinking and related consequences through public education, policy and other environmental strategy initiatives, resource development and collaboration. UDTF’s goals are to decrease past 30-day use and binge drinking by youth, availability of alcohol to person under age 21 and decrease community laws and norms favorable towards alcohol misuse. Contact Chris Davis at email@example.com for more information.
- Community Violence Prevention Coalition (CVPC): This coalition in Greene County works to reduce violence through education, advocacy and engaging the community in prevention efforts. CVPC promotes resources to increase accessibility of support to local youth and families and works to identify and address community needs related to family and youth violence. CVPC’s awareness activities include Foster Family Appreciation Night, Denim Day and the Stop the Violence Conference. Contact Katie Weathermon at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Webster County CommUNITY Partnership (WCCP): This coalition in Webster County works to support the health and well-being of its residents by promoting awareness of and access to resources to live a healthy and wholesome life. Some of WCCP projects include coordinating drug take-back events, conducting media campaigns and educational programs, and helping to coordinate positive youth alternative activities. Contact Katie Weathermon at email@example.com for more information.