Dozens Gather at Wichita State University—Old Town for First Statewide PreventionWorKS Meeting

Taking the lead role in hosting the statewide coalition focused on behavioral health promotion and the prevention of substance abuse, suicide and problem gambling, Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute hosted the inaugural meeting of PreventionWorKS at the new WSU Oldtown. Nearly 50 leaders of prevention efforts from Kansas communities met in Mid-January for a kick-off event to help connect local and statewide efforts. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) made this all possible with their establishment of the Kansas Prevention Collaborative and coordination of partner agencies.

The inaugural meeting of the PreventionWorKS coalition meeting was such an awe-inspiring event; the energy that was in the room was powerful and a great reminder of why I am committed to and passionate about prevention work. Connecting folks from all corners of the state and from different behavioral health concerns (substance use prevention, suicide prevention, and problem gambling education) is a simple idea in theory, but I believe the reward and benefit of this opportunity to connect, share and learn is just the tipping point for what opportunities and potential will develop as the work progresses.

– Sarah Fischer,
Director of Prevention and Promotion Services, KDADS.

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The Community Engagement Institute’s role in the Kansas Prevention Collaborative is to serve as the “communication hub”, helping connect efforts across Kansas. This includes recommending relevant tools and resources to increase communication, education, information sharing, and training for the public and professionals.

For more information about PreventionWorKS, the Kansas Prevention Collaborative and Prevention Initiatives at WSU’s Community Engagement Institute, please contact Chad Childs at chad.childs@wichita.edu, or 316-978-3565.