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Prevention Services

Prevention Services

We are committed to fostering prevention-oriented communities that contribute to healthier living at all stages of life. Prevention programs and priorities in the Capital Area region include tobacco-free living, preventing drug abuse and underage alcohol use, healthy eating, active living, reproductive health, mental and emotional well-being and violence-free living.
Our investments in prevention complement and support our treatment and care services. Partners from all sectors acting together are needed to implement best practice strategies that promote healthy choices by individuals, build strong families, and enhance supportive communities. Success in prevention means people will live longer and healthier, while keeping health care costs down.

Prevention Services

We are committed to fostering prevention-oriented communities that contribute to healthier living at all stages of life. Prevention programs and priorities in the Capital Area region include tobacco-free living, preventing drug abuse and underage alcohol use, healthy eating, active living, reproductive health, mental and emotional well-being and violence-free living.
Our investments in prevention complement and support our treatment and care services. Partners from all sectors acting together are needed to implement best practice strategies that promote healthy choices by individuals, build strong families, and enhance supportive communities. Success in prevention means people will live longer and healthier, while keeping health care costs down.

The Dangers of Prescription Drug Use Among Youth

A growing danger among teens today is the intentional abuse of prescription drugs and over the counter cough and cold medicines to get high.  Teens who decide to abuse prescription drugs run the risk of addiction, strokes, seizures, comas, and even death. The first step for parents is to recognize the potential risks and consequences of prescription drug abuse, to help teens understand the risk, and get help when needed.

 

Ronnie’s Story is a powerful testament to the impact that prescription drug abuse has on young people, their families, and their communities. With a full football scholarship to Tennessee State and on the road to play pro, Ronnie became addicted to prescription medicine and overdosed before he and his family could see his dreams become a reality.

“No More Mojo” Music Video

 

The No More Mojo video was produced to address the growing problem with synthetic marijuana use among youth in Louisiana. This hip-hop song and video communicates the danger of using synthetic marijuana, and the artist performed this song at several schools in the CAHS service area, helping youth understand all of the serious dangers associated with synthetic marijuana use.

The Dangers of Prescription Drug Use Among Youth

A growing danger among teens today is the intentional abuse of prescription drugs and over the counter cough and cold medicines to get high.  Teens who decide to abuse prescription drugs run the risk of addiction, strokes, seizures, comas, and even death. The first step for parents is to recognize the potential risks and consequences of prescription drug abuse, to help teens understand the risk, and get help when needed.

 

Ronnie’s Story is a powerful testament to the impact that prescription has on young people, their families and their communities. With a full football scholarship to Tennesse State and on the road to play pro, Ronnie became addicted to prescription medicine and overdosed before he and his family could see his dreams become a reality.

“No More Mojo” Music Video

 

The No More Mojo video was produced to address the growing problem with synthetic marijuana use among youth in Louisiana. This hip-hop song and video communicates the danger of using synthetic marijuana, and the artist performed this song at several schools in the CAHSD service area, helping youth understand all of the serious dangers associated with synthetic marijuana use.

Resources

NEWSROOM

National News

Program Highlights

School-Based Curriculum: Enrolled 7,678 students in FY 2014

 

Community Prevention Collaboration Projects/Special Events: During FY 2014, CAHS reached 13, 315 participants in prevention community events.

 

CHW Program in Pointe Coupee Parish: During 2014, the CHW combined monthly caseload was 40 clients. There were a total of 1,240 visits completed. CHW services included chronic disease self-management, health education, social support and referral to community resources. There were 415 referrals made for resources such as dental services, transportation, housing, nutritionist, primary care health clinic, etc. Community health education activities reached a total of 468 people.

 

Increased the number of children served from 3,604 in 2011 to 10,036 in 2013.

 

Over 5,600 middle school students in Ascension parish have been served through the new gambling prevention program.

 

During 2013, the Community Health Worker’s in Pointe Coupee parish completed 1,067 client visits, made 372 referrals for resources, and 512 people were reached through community educational activities.

 

Quotes from program participants:

“The Strengthening Families program has helped to keep my family together.”

 

“I am on a good road to better health. My community health worker would encourage me…. that gave me a big boost to keep trying.”

 

Click here to view the 2015 Prevention Program Summary Report.

NEWSROOM

National News

Program Highlights

School-Based Curriculum: Enrolled 7,678 students in FY 2014

 

Community Prevention Collaboration Projects/Special Events: During FY 2014, CAHS reached 13, 315 participants in prevention community events.

 

CHW Program in Pointe Coupee Parish: During 2014, the CHW combined monthly caseload was 40 clients. There were a total of 1,240 visits completed. CHW services included chronic disease self-management, health education, social support and referral to community resources. There were 415 referrals made for resources such as dental services, transportation, housing, nutritionist, primary care health clinic, etc. Community health education activities reached a total of 468 people.

 

Increased the number of children served from 3,604 in 2011 to 10,036 in 2013.

 

Over 5,600 middle school students in Ascension parish have been served through the new gambling prevention program.

 

During 2013, the Community Health Worker’s in Pointe Coupee parish completed 1,067 client visits, made 372 referrals for resources, and 512 people were reached through community educational activities.

 

Quotes from program participants:

“The Strengthening Families program has helped to keep my family together.”

 

“I am on a good road to better health. My community health worker would encourage me…. that gave me a big boost to keep trying.”

 

Click here to view the 2015 Prevention Program Summary Report.

Caring Communities Youth Survey (CCYS) 2016

Every two years, findings are reported from the Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey (CCYS), a survey of 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students attending public and private schools. The results for the CAHS region are presented along with comparisons to the results for the State of Louisiana. In addition, the report contains important information about the content of the survey, and suggestions and guidelines on how to interpret and use the data for prevention planning

Why conduct the Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey? Data from the CCYS are important for building an understanding of the substance use priorities in our community, and can help our community develop a data-driven strategic prevention plan to address the areas of greatest need.  The types of data presented in this report include drug use trends, antisocial behavior and gambling profiles, risk and protective factors, and indicators related to violence, bullying, mental health and suicide.

Community Coalitions can use a strategic planning framework to guide the planning process that includes assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation.  This process provides an opportunity for communities to identify priorities and take action that will have the best chance of success.

See link for detailed results of the CCYS for the Capital Area region

Caring Communities Youth Survey (CCYS) 2016

Every two years, findings are reported from the Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey (CCYS), a survey of 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students attending public and private schools. For the 2014 survey year, there were a total of 13,562 students from the participating schools out of a total of 24,766 enrolled (55%) in the region that completed the survey. The results for the CAHS region are presented along with comparisons to the results for the State of Louisiana. In addition, the report contains important information about the content of the survey, and suggestions and guidelines on how to interpret and use the data for prevention planning

 

Why conduct the Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey? Data from the CCYS are important for building an understanding of the substance use priorities in our community, and can help our community develop a data-driven strategic prevention plan to address the areas of greatest need.  The types of data presented in this report include drug use trends, antisocial behavior and gambling profiles, risk and protective factors, and indicators related to violence, bullying, mental health and suicide.

 

Community Coalitions can use a strategic planning framework to guide the planning process that includes assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation.  This process provides an opportunity for communities to identify priorities and take action that will have the best chance of success.

See link for detailed results of the 2014 CCYS for the Capital Area region

Prevention Services Contact
(225) 922-2700