Letter From the Director
I want to start by acknowledging the incredible dedication and hard work of prevention professionals across Michigan. As we reflect on the past fiscal year and embrace the new one, it’s a mix of exhaustion and pride that fills my heart. I’ve witnessed the formation, growth, and flourishing of coalitions, attended valuable trainings, and provided crucial technical assistance. New partners, programs, and activities have sprung to life. Many individuals have successfully passed the IC&RC prevention specialist exam, earning their well-deserved certifications as Certified Prevention Specialists or Certified Prevention Consultants. We’re no strangers to the challenges; we know change takes time, and at times, the mountains we confront can seem insurmountable. Yet, what truly stands out is the resilience of prevention professionals. When doors slam shut, we find another way in, demonstrating exceptional flexibility, adaptability, and creativity. You are the unsung heroes of our communities.
October marks Substance Misuse Prevention Month, a collective effort that unites communities across Michigan and the nation to raise awareness and take action against substance misuse. This month, we focus on various strategies, from increasing awareness about our work to fostering networking opportunities, honing our skills through professional development, celebrating even the smallest victories, and knowing when to seek support. In this newsletter, you’ll delve into the Parenting Awareness Michigan (PAM) annual conference in Gaylord and its goals for the upcoming year, discover valuable resources to support your role as a prevention professional, stay updated on the latest developments at both the State and National levels, and explore emerging bills related to prevention that have surfaced in recent months. Together, we continue our journey to build healthier and safer communities.
Warmly, Louise Montag