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Kelley Foundation Grant

In late December 2012, the Falmouth Prevention Partnership received a $50,000 grant for calendar year 2013 from the Kelley Foundation, which is committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of Cape Cod. 

The grant funds were used for the following activities:

Youth

Through the national positive social norms model “Above the Influence,” youth will develop tools to stay above the influence while learning the dangers of alcohol and drugs through their health or science curriculum. 

Falmouth High School will utilize Jack’s PACT, a grass roots community group that supports engaging pro-social activities for youth, education and awareness, and encourages people of all ages to sign “the pact” pledging not to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  

Mashpee High School has chosen Project Purple, an initiative of The Herren Project, a non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player Chris Herren that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. 

Project Purple was launched to bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and urges students to pledge not to use drugs or alcohol.

Parents

Parents Who Host Lose the Most is an evidenced based national model designed to educate parents about the legal and health risks of underage drinking and, more specifically, the consequences of the Massachusetts Social Host Laws. The program has educated 800 parents in Falmouth and will continue through parental letters, legal presentations, and interactive student/parent questionnaires. 

The project will be expanded by offering the PWH curriculum and lessons to Mashpee High School parents through Mashpee Cares.

Prescription Pill Education Program

FPP will establish a Prescription Pill Action Team comprised of members of the Falmouth Prevention Partnership, Mashpee Cares and other interested community members (including health care providers and law enforcement) who will develop a strategic plan to reduce the availability of prescription drugs. The plan will include three target audiences, youth, adults and “unwitting” suppliers and users. 

Youth will be educated through the school-based information, social media, and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department. The adults will be targeted through local presentations at civic organizations, the Enterprise media campaign, the Chamber of Commerce, Community Health Center and provider offices and pharmacies. 

The suppliers and users will be educated by working with local pharmacists to educate patients at the point of sale and to establish a focus group of physicians and dentists to create ways to decrease unnecessary prescribing and educate their patients about proper disposal. 

Local seniors will be educated about the problem of being “unwitting” suppliers by learning how and where to dispose of medications utilizing effective strategies such as the Lock Your Meds program. 

The Community Health Center of Cape Cod served as the fiscal agent for the Kelley Foundation grant.

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