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An Ounce of Prevention

  • Ep8: How Does Alcohol Affect The Developing Brain? | AOP

    20 GIU 2024 · An Ounce of Prevention was schooled today by Dr. Donita Robinson, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Robinson and her students study the brain in her lab at UNC, and from the looks of her website, they have fun doing it. In a related link, check out the prevention work of the Roanoke Prevention Alliance at
    Ascoltato 20 min. 37 sec.
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    Ep7: Where Hope Meets Possibility | AOP

    6 GIU 2024 · I am taking a slight detour in this week's podcast, but you will find it interesting and relevant. I am talking with Carl Mack, a member of CVARR, Central Virginia Addiction Recovery Resources Coalition, a community-based group that connects people with recovery and prevention resources. Carl works for the Central Virginia Department of Health and is a peer recovery expert. He's also very creative when it comes to developing new programs based on research and community involvement. I interviewed him recently for a CVARR video and thought it would make a great addition to An Ounce of Prevention. You can reach CVARR through their website at
    Ascoltato 24 min. 45 sec.
  • Ep6: Anticipating Summer Freedom - What are parents to do? | AOP

    23 MAG 2024 · During Mental Health Month, we're talking to folks who work with at-risk kids. Also, Summer break from school is looming large in their minds. I spoke with Gabriella Smith and Grant Tomey with Horizon Behavioral Health (HBH). Grant is a licensed professional counselor who works in the schools and Gabriella is the Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator at HBH. Contact either of our guests at:
    Ascoltato 22 min. 20 sec.
  • Ep5: Funding Research is Key | AOP

    9 MAG 2024 · The evidence for evidence-based treatment and prevention has to come from somewhere. Funding such research is expensive. According to Foundation of Hope Associate Executive Director Jennifer Gibson, their grants are like venture capital to researchers who need to provide proof of concept to larger funders. Jennifer can be reached at: Foundation of Hope
    Ascoltato 19 min. 40 sec.
  • Ep4: Activate Your Wellness | AOP

    25 APR 2024 · Piedmont Community Services is launching a campaign to "Activate Your Wellness." I sat down with Samantha Turner to learn more. To visit their website,   Contact her at:  Samantha Turner, MPH, RDN, CHES Health Initiative Coordinator - Piedmont Community Services Learn more about Activate Your Wellness at As the host, I am on a mission to discover what people are doing in the field of prevention. I am not a trained prevention specialist, so I rely completely on my guests to bring their expertise to this conversation. If you are interested in being a guest, feel free to contact me at
    Ascoltato 21 min. 9 sec.
  • Ep3: The Hidden Addiction | AOP

    11 APR 2024 · Gambling is everywhere, especially with the explosion of sports betting. But when does gambling become a problem, and how can you tell? I spoke with Don McCourtney and Anne Rogers of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services about how Virginia is supporting treatment and helping communities educate the public.
    Ascoltato 30 min. 56 sec.
  • Ep2: The elephant in the room - Fentanyl | AOP

    28 MAR 2024 · Adam Neal, Prevention and Wellness Specialist, and Director of the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) spoke with me about the nationwide issue of Fentanyl and what his community is doing to limit access to medications and reduce the possibilities of misuse, especially among children and youth. National Drug Take Back Day is April 27th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to drop off left-over and used prescriptions to keep them out of circulation. "I don't know about you, Tim, but my grandma, you know, whenever I said I had a headache, she'd reach into her purse and, hand me a Tylenol or whatever she had ready to go," said Adam. "We don't need to normalize this behavior anymore." Adam shares what his community is doing to combat the problem and what people can do to help.
    Ascoltato 27 min. 15 sec.
  • Ep1: What the Heck is Prevention? | AOP

    21 MAR 2024 · After working with prevention specialists for more than ten years, I created this podcast to explore the work of these community heroes. In the first episode, we explore the meaning of prevention and how it is applied to efforts to educate communities about substance use and other risky behaviors.  My guest is Shelia Lythgoe, a Prevention Specialist with Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare in Roanoke, Virginia. Visit one of their many prevention websites for more information.
    Ascoltato 20 min. 6 sec.
  • An Ounce of Prevention Trailer

    1 MAR 2024 · Every other Thursday, we'll talk to those on the frontlines of this constant battle to help people improve their mental health and avoid addiction. If you want to join in the prevention effort, launch an effort in your community, or just want to educate yourself, this is a great place to start. Join us every other Thursday for another "ounce of prevention."
    Ascoltato 1 min. 39 sec.

An Ounce of Prevention will examine strategies for prevention and wellness. We'll talk to the people who are building coalitions, working with the schools, and using every means they can...

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An Ounce of Prevention will examine strategies for prevention and wellness. We'll talk to the people who are building coalitions, working with the schools, and using every means they can to prevent drug use and promote mental health, wellness, and resilience in their communities. The people on the front lines of this battle are happy to share what works in their community. Maybe it will work in yours.
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