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Welcome to Panhandle Prevention Coalition

The Panhandle Prevention Coalition (PPC) is a part of the Panhandle Partnership. We are a regional coalition united together by passion and dedication to make residents of western Nebraska healthy and safe across their lifespan.

Our purpose is to reduce substance use and abuse including underage drinking, binge drinking and drinking and driving, tobacco use, drug use, and prescription drug abuse, while promoting and supporting mental and emotional health for all in the Panhandle. The PPC mobilizes grassroots policy change, enforcement and education with many tools and through many venues including mass media. The PPC raises awareness of current social norms and trends while seeking to change social context and individual behaviors.

Our community partners include concerned parents, public health, behavioral health, health care workers, law enforcement, social service professionals, community leaders, elected officials, educators, business owners, volunteers and citizens both locally and statewide who seek safe communities for our children and families to live and grow. We work corroboratively with many partners to open discussions, educate, initiate policy change and mobilize resources.

Our most recent achievements include:

  • Responsible Beverage Server Training | TIPS Trainings:  Provide individuals entrusted with the responsibility of serving or selling alcohol and tobacco with strategies to avoid illegally selling to underage youth or intoxicated patrons. 
  • Sharp Survey participation in schools.
  • Comprehensive Tobacco Free Policies passed

What are our 2017-2018 goals?

  1. Foster relationships and reach out to potential coalition members to increase diversity and reach of the Panhandle Prevention Coalition.
  2. Support policy development and implementation for a healthier Panhandle.
  3. Raise awareness of current social norms and trends while seeking to change social context and individual behaviors.
  4. Increase participation in the Responsible Beverage Server Trainings (RBST) by using a web based system to enhance regional participation.
  5. Partner with the State Patrol to maintain targeted enforcement and adjudication of laws, community celebrations enforcement, drug/alcohol education.


Data from the NE Risk & Protective Factor Student Survey

Here’s what you can do:
• Talk early and often to your kids about not using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Create clear expectations.
• Always enforce the minimum drinking age of 21.
• Call law enforcement if you suspect underage parties or drinking and driving at any age at1-888-MUST-BE-21.
• Thank law enforcement for providing compliance checks and responsible alcohol and tobacco training.
• Involve youth in planning and implementing healthy activities.
• Contact us if you know of any alcohol merchants you’d like to see recognized for their prevention work.
• Keep track of what medications you have at home. Limit access to these drugs and keep your home safe by properly disposing of old and unused medicines at the Prescriptions Drug Take Back.

Together, we are united for Change.

Is supported in whole or part, by federal or state funds received from Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health and Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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