Stop Access Springfield: Adolescent Substance Use Prevention

The Stop Access Drug Free Communities Coalition is a citywide coalition serving Springfield Massachusetts with the goal of addressing community level change to prevent and reduce underage drinking, and use of marijuana and tobacco/nicotine under the age of twenty-one years, focusing primarily on middle and high school age youth.

The coalition is coordinated by Gándara Center and funded by a grant from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, administered by the Center for Disease Control.

The coalition’s overarching aim is to use environmental strategies that affect community level-change, change community attitudes and youth access to alcohol, marijuana and tobacco through a variety of strategies. Strategies are selected based on community need data and input from the Springfield community. The Stop Access Coalition invites the participation of all interested residents and organizations of the city of Springfield.

120 Maple St, Suite #305, Springfield, MA; 01105

Contact: Malikah Jeffries, Coalition Coordinator: at (413) 733-0261 or email to mjeffries@gandaracenter.org or Sharon Hall-Smith, Program Director: at (413)733-9024 or email to shall-smith@gandaracenter.org

Click below to see the results of the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey taken by 8th, 10th and 12th graders in the Springfield Public Schools in February 2020. The Prevention Needs Assessment Survey looks at the influence of family, friends, community, and school on a young person’s life. The Prevention Needs Assessment Survey also identifies the risks that youth are up against such as alcohol, marijuana and other substances, violence, relationships as well as, the positive factors in their lives that protect them from taking part in risky behaviors. “We want to make sure that our young people’s views are heard. We are sharing the results of the youth survey with our whole community so that together, we can find ways to support our teens to make healthy choices,” said Program Director Sharon Hall-Smith.

The survey was conducted by the Stop Access Drug Free Communities coalition with financial the coalition, the Massachusetts Gamily Commission and Baystate Health. Planning and administration support was provided by the Springfield Public Schools; Springfield Department of Health and Human Services; the Massachusetts Gaming Commission; the MLK Community Center, and the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, as well as the Steering Committee and Youth Advisory Board of the coalition.

2020 Massachusetts Prevention Needs Assessment Survey Results (PNAS)