Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership, (MAPP), is a substance abuse prevention and health promotion coalition serving Weathersfield, Windsor, West Windsor, and Hartland.
Initiatives are aimed at decreasing underage drinking and prescription drug abuse, protecting youth from the dangers of tobacco smoke, increasing opportunities for physical activity, and promoting the availability of healthy foods. For more information visit www.mappvt.org.
MAPP leads the Windsor County Prevention Partners in an effort to reduce underage drinking, binge drinking, and prescription drug abuse.
Through community forums, public presentations, and media campaigns, MAPP raises awareness among parents, educators, and the community at large about the prevalence of underage drinking and its effects on youth, as well as effective, positive messages for adults addressing the topic with young people.
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MAPP provides leadership and training to area youth to help them build skills and strategies for protecting their peers from the dangers of tobacco exposure and use. MAPP-led youth groups, such as Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) and Our Voices Exposed (OVX), hold regular gatherings to learn about the effects of tobacco and tobacco advertising on youth.
In addition, MAPP diligently promotes cessation services in area communities by sharing local hospital and statewide resources (part of 802 Quits).
Healthy Community Initiative
MAPP partners with community leaders, local businesses, and law enforcement on initiatives aimed at promoting a healthier community and expanding healthy options for area residents.
Working with area grocery and convenience stores, MAPP works to create retail environments that encourage healthier food and beverage choices, increase the availability of locally-produced foods, and discourage tobacco and alcohol use.
In collaboration with community leaders, they review community planning and design to increase local walking and cycling routes.
Substance Abuse Prevention & Asset Development
MAPP works with area youth and parents to raise awareness of the issue of substance abuse and addiction. Through the Family Support Project held in MAHHC’s pediatric clinic, prevention coordinators work with families to help them develop skills and strategies for curbing risky behaviors that lead to substance abuse or addiction.
MAPP also partners with local law enforcement to ensure safe medication disposal options. Supplying a permanent medication return unit for the Windsor Police Department and assisting the Windsor County Sheriff Department in semi-annual drug take-back days. In April 2014, over 250 pounds of medications were collected in the county.