Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act (ACA)

June 29, 2012

On Thursday, June 28, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a 5-4 ruling. The Prevention and Public Heath Fund and the National Prevention Strategy within the ACA will “help create safe and drug free communities across the country” (CADCA).

Included in the ACA, people on Medicaid or Health Insurance Exchanges with substance use disorders will be eligible to receive health benefits for those health problems starting in 2014. More services and will be better available and affordable for people suffering from addiction disorders . Treatment services under the ACA include: substance use disorder services, prescription drug treatment, rehabilitative, habilitative, and prevention and wellness services.

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Linn County 4th Graders Report Increases in Substance Abuse Prevention Knowledge and Skills

June 29, 2012

The Linn County Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program provided 627 fourth graders with Botvin LifeSkills Training during the 2011-2012 school year. After the fourth graders completed the program, the Linn County Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program conducted a survey on the students with the following results:

  • 96% of students indicated an increase in decision-making skills,
  • 91% increase in refusal skills,
  • and a 91% increase in knowledge about the risks of tobacco use.

Click here to read the report.


Join our team – Employment Opportunities

June 28, 2012

A career with our company means doing work that matters.

http://www.lifeskillstraining.com/careers.php

Join our team: Our commitment to excellence in providing drug abuse and violence prevention programs for positive youth-development is built on experience, dedication, integrity and teamwork.

Sales and Marketing Associate

National Health Promotion Associates, Inc. (NHPA) is seeking a service-focused, detail-oriented Sales and Marketing Associate with strong inside sales and customer service capabilities to be a part of a dynamic team focused on developing new business and exceeding sales goals. They will diligently follow up with leads generated within an assigned territory and handle all product and service inquiries while also supporting an outside sales team. The Sales and Marketing Associate reports to the Marketing Manager and works in collaboration with other departments to achieve revenue goals for new and existing accounts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Research, develop, and cultivate leads using a variety of online and offline sources
  • Achieve individual monthly, quarterly, and annual sales goals
  • Manage relationships with established clients
  • Communicate ongoing contacts and sales activities
  • Collaborate with team members related to best practice strategies for accounts
  • Generate sales estimates and invoices for products and services
  • Coordinate and fulfill small shipments from main office

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree required
  • Minimum 3 years sales and customer service experience required
  • Proficient use of QuickBooks, MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience utilizing CRM systems a plus
  • Experience in education, non-profit, or health and wellness helpful
  • Strong written, verbal communication and follow-up skills a must
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage multiple deadlines and tasks essential
  • Strong interpersonal skills required
  • Experience related to social and digital media, online course development, or smartphone/tablet application development helpful

We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, 401k, and more.
Summer Internships:

NHPA is seeking bright, highly motivated candidates for several unpaid summer internship positions. Interns will work with a team of health professionals who develop, test, and market health promotion, wellness, and prevention programs for children, adolescents, and young adults. Interns may be eligible for college credit through their college or university. Interns will contribute to the development of:

  • Health and wellness programs
  • Social media and social networking tools and strategies
  • Market research and strategy
  • Health web sites, blogs, and newsletters
  • Smartphone and Tablet Applications

Successful applicants will have completed at least two years of college with a major in psychology, health education, communications, journalism, public health, social media technology, or a related area. Education and/or experience with online course development and digital media also a plus.

About Us

National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA) is a dynamic, expanding research & development firm located in White Plains, New York (25 miles outside of Manhattan and accessible by MetroNorth Commuter Rail). The company focuses on developing, evaluation, and training for prevention curricula related to substance abuse, violence, and other risk behaviors, particularly those common during adolescence.

If you are interested in joining our team, please e-mail a copy of your resume and cover letter to hr@nhpamail.com.


Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention Program Saves Money–$38 Benefit for Every $1Invested

June 28, 2012

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) released a report on how communities reap dramatic savings from using effective drug abuse and violence prevention programs. One such prevention program, the top-rated Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST), was shown to have produced a $38 benefit for every dollar invested. The report showed a number of effective prevention programs with a return on investment and LST had the highest ROI “in terms of reduced correction costs, welfare and social services burden, drug and mental health treatment; and increased employment and tax revenue.”

Developer of the LST program, Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, said “A relatively small upfront investment can yield tremendous health and economic benefits in terms of both the immediate- and long-term positive effects our program has on the students who participate in it.”

In the mid-1990s, WSIPP began to identify “evidence-based” programs that showed improved outcomes. The state of Washington continues to invest in several programs that have proven results in terms of benefit-cost and show favorable outcomes, including LST.

Click here to read the full press release.


Grant Opportunity: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

June 20, 2012

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – Substance Abuse Education (SAEDRF) Category 3

Grant: The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is now accepting applications for projects under the Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Fund (SAEDRF) funding that will provide research-based approaches to prevention, intervention, training, treatment and education services to reduce substance abuse or to provide resources to assist families in accessing services.

Eligibility: Category Three funds are available to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations may jointly apply for grant moneys with a local government unit, but shall not be required to do so. Direct awards cannot be made to governmental entities.

Amount: Three to five grants totaling $539k

Contact: Tom D’Annunzio at either (717) 265-8452 or (800) 692-7292 and follow the prompts, or by email at thdannunzi@state.pa.us

Deadline: Friday, July 20, 2012.

Click here to access the SAEDRF Category 3 document with detailed information.


New study shows poor grades and added stress in teens who drink

June 20, 2012

According to HealthDay, a new study suggests that teens who drink are more likely to feel like social outcasts than teens who do not drink.

Social isolation is evident in schools with cliques and fewer drinkers, which suggests that teens who drink feel like outcasts among other students who do not drink .

University of Texas researchers studied data from a national survey conducted on nearly 8, 300 teens from 126 different schools. They found a correlation between social isolation and poor grades.

Co-author of the study Robert Crosnoe said, “This finding doesn’t imply that drinkers would be better off in schools in which peer networks are tightly organized around drinking. Instead, the results suggest that we need to pay attention to youth in problematic school environments in general, but also to those who may have trouble in seemingly positive school environments.”

To read the article, click here.

 


Free Webinar offered by OJJDP on June 27th

June 15, 2012

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will be offering a free webinar entitled, Effective Strategies to Help Sustant Your Quality Programs on June 27th from 3:30pm-5pm ET.

The purpose of the webinar is to build on current understand of sustainability strategies, especially focusing on collaborative approaches, advocacy, social marketing, and public relations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Encourage and leverage cross-systems communication and collaboration for sustaining effective supports, services, and functions
  • Promote effective use of social marketing planning, to develop effective strategies and tools
  • Deepen participant’s knowledge of how, why, and where to effectively advocate for their programs, services, initiatives and functions; and to also engage others, including clients, funders, and champions, as advocates

Please note that registration for this event will be closed at 12pm ET on June 27, 2012. Capacity for this event is limited to 1,200 participants.

For more information and to register for this webinar, click here.


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