The Hispanic Prevention Education Program (HPEP) of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Rochester Area provides increased awareness about chemical dependency and its impact on the Hispanic community; evidence-based education; support; information and referral. The program recognizes and respects the cultural distinctions of the Hispanic community. HPEP provides community presentations for adults and youth; information and referral, along with printed resources for parents and youth in Spanish and English.
Botvin’s LifeSkillsTraining (LST)--An evidence-based program curriculum for multiple age/grade levels: Elementary, middle, and high school. Additionally, there is an LST curriculum for parents. The LST program is an evidence-based one that incorporates research from the fields of educational and developmental psychology. Rather than merely teaching information about tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other illicit drugs alone, LST promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to help youth. LifeSkillsTraining is offered by our staff in both English and Spanish, depending on the preference of the requesting school or community group. Our staff members work with community and school groups providing multi-session LST classes for elementary, middle and high school youth. Staff can also provide parent LST curriculum.
Vida en la Comunidad para Todas! (Life in the Community For Everyone!)--This research-based bilingual multimedia program addresses substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion in an interactive, culturally-appropriate and engaging format. The goal is to empower and motivate Latino parents to get involved early and often in keeping their children healthy, safe and drug-free.
PUEDO (Prevention, Unity, Education, Decision, Pride) Coalition--The PUEDO Coalition has been long facilitated by NCADD-RA staff under the name of the Hispanic Prevention Education Task Force. Under this name the task force grew, becoming very representative of leadership in the Hispanic community. Several years ago under the guidance of NCADD-RA Finger Lakes Prevention Recourse Center Staff and the leadership of our HPEP Coordinator, this HPEP Task Force began to look at developing mission and vision statements, looking at capacity, and rebranding, changing the name to be more reflective of the coalition model. The new name—PUEDO Coalition--was selected. PUEDO stands for Prevención, Unidad, Educación, Decision, Orgulla or in English, Prevention, Unity, Education, Decision, Pride. NCADD-RA continues to facilitate this ongoing collaborative that continues to grow, identifying and welcoming members to share community resources and services specific to the Hispanic community regarding substance abuse prevention education, treatment and health-related resources. More importantly, NCADD-RA Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center staff continue to assist the PUEDO Coalition with technical assistance as they move through the components of the Strategic Prevention Framework.
has worked for NCADD-RA for 7 years this coming January. She comes to the Council with a background in accounting and chemical dependency. Her passion has always been to encourage, empower and motivate individuals, which she does, not only through her work at the Council but also with her private business. She absolutely enjoys and is totally in her element and purpose when she is involved and teaching youth. Although she is certified to teach a few curricula, her favorite curriculum to teach is LifeSkills. She facilitates groups ranging from 3rd graders up to adults which she can deliver in both English and Spanish.
is the director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Rochester Area. She is a member of the Monroe County Community Services Board, chairing the Substance Abuse Sub-Committee; the Steering Committee of the New York State Alcohol Policy Alliance; chair of the Training Coalition of the Finger Lakes Consortium of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and past president of the Council on Addictions of New York State. Jennifer received her Bachelors from Syracuse University and her Masters in Health Education from SUNY Brockport. Jennifer also holds the NYS OASAS Credential for Prevention Professionals, with a sub-specialty in problem gambling prevention. She was awarded in the 2011 Prevention Practitioner of the Year from NYS OASAS. She has presented at numerous local and state conferences and other settings on a wide variety of substance abuse related topics, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Environmental Prevention, Problem Gambling, and many other addiction related topics.