Prevention Works

Improving the health of Tennesseans by reducing the use of alcohol and drugs through policy, systems and environment change.


Serve as the collective voice for substance abuse prevention by empowering coalitions, advocating for effective policies and building strategic partnerships.

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Evidence-based programs & strategies

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People Reached

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What we are all about...

The Prevention Alliance of Tennessee (PAT) is a public health nonprofit working to create healthier a Tennessee by reducing the burden of substance abuse. PAT’s core membership is comprised of over 50 Coalition members who tackle substance abuse issues in their own counties across the state. Together, our alliance fosters collaboration and leverages resources to enhance environmental strategies and targeted statewide services in the fields of substance abuse prevention and public health. PAT Coalitions implement data-driven and evidence-based programs across the state, helping build Tennessee’s capacity to create stronger, healthier communities, families and individuals.


Community coalitions are comprised of parents, teachers, law enforcement, businesses, religious leaders, health providers and other community activists who are mobilizing at the local level -- and statewide under the Prevention Alliance umbrella -- to make their communities safer, healthier and drug-free.



Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) For 2019 Drug-Free Communities Grant

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. By statute, the DFC Support Program has…


2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey

2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey On Feb. 11, results from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) published in an MMWR article, “Vital Signs: Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2018.” This article includes findings on current use of seven tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, hookah, pipe tobacco, and…


TDMHSAS Funds Five New Community Anti-Drug Coalitions

Network of local addiction prevention groups expands to 46 organizations statewide NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is adding five new community anti-drug coalitions to its statewide network.  Coalitions provide information, coordinate resources, and conduct education events with the goal of preventing addiction in their communities. “Our coalitions are amazing…


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