County of Marin Health and Human Services

Prevention Hub

Our Mission:

Working together to advance effective prevention practices to improve the health of all people and communities in Marin County.

What is the Prevention Hub?

A diverse group of individuals committed to improving the health of all people and communities in Marin County.

The Prevention Hub is a cross-divisional group in the County of Marin that:

  • Provides professional development opportunities on effective prevention strategies
  • Initiates policy change, media advocacy and local community action
  • Fosters collaborative learning and alignment of prevention efforts
  • Leverages existing resources and opportunities for shared goals
  • Generates innovative project ideas and initiatives based on ongoing needs and emerging community priorities.

What are we working on?

Healthy Retail

Did you know that retail environments directly impacts community health? The Marin County Prevention Hub and our partners are excited to unveil our new collaborative campaign to promote healthier retail environments for Marin County! We are working together to promote healthy options and reduce availability and advertising of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy foods and beverages in Marin City and the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael.

This is an issue that is often overlooked by the public since unhealthy products and advertising in the retail setting has been heavily normalized by the alcohol, tobacco and food industries.

Contact: Kristen Law, klaw@marincounty.org

Intimate Partner Violence

The goal is to stop Intimate partner violence (IPV) before it begins. There is a lot to learn about how to prevent IPV and what are the best strategies to address this issue in Marin. We do know that promoting healthy behaviors in relationships are important.

We are working with the Prevention Institute and broad list of community stakeholders to develop both a strategic framework and a roadmap for working together on comprehensive prevention approaches related to IPV.

Contact: Felice McClenon, fmcclenon@marincounty.org

Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse

Did you know that in Marin, more people die from prescription drug overdoses than from motor vehicle accidents? HHS and our community partners launched RxSafe Marin, Marin's first coordinated, countywide strategic plan to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse. RxSafe Marin is a grassroots community initiative to address the problem, fueled by the fact that drug overdose deaths and treatment admissions for prescription drug addiction continue to escalate in Marin County. One of four Marin adults needs help for substance abuse, alcohol abuse or mental health problems. More alarming is that an increasing number of children under 18 are in need of care for the same issues. In 2012, more people died in Marin from drug overdoses than of breast cancer or automobile crashes, and most of those overdoses involved prescription drugs.

Background
Prescription drug misuse and abuse is the nation's fastest growing health problem and a serious concern in Marin County. Prescription drug misuse is defined as the non-medical use of physician prescribed medication. Although Marin is recognized as one of the healthiest counties in California, we have an unhealthy relationship with prescription drugs. In Marin, more people die from misusing and abusing prescription drugs than from motor vehicle accidents.

Community Planning
This strategic planning process brought together community members from various sectors to identify Marin's local assets and needs, and create priorities and action steps to preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse. The community plan will facilitate greater collaboration across programs and services and will ensure that we create a comprehensive and actionable plan for preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse.

Contact us: rxsafemarin@gmail.com or call (415) 473-4230

Community Coalitions for Alcohol & Drug Prevention

San Rafael Alcohol and Drug Coalition (415) 257-2488
Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth (415) 927-5150
Healthy Novato (415) 493-4322
Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth (415) 798-5329/415-899-8236
San Rafael Alcohol Compliance Team (415) 473-4230
Smoke-Free Marin (415) 473-3020
Community Prevention and Youth Development: Youth Leadership Institute / Friday Night Live (415) 455-1676
Youth for Justice (415) 456-5692