"You cannot teach what a community will not support and have it last." Rand Institute
The Tobacco Prevention Enhancement Site () is located in Ashland, Kentucky and is operated through the ALERT Regional Prevention Center. The Tobacco PES does research on tobacco environmental strategies and distributes the latest research on smoking and tobacco use, clean indoor air policies, secondhand smoke and other tobacco health-related issues.
The provides technical assistance and training on implementing and evaluating effective environmental strategies to Regional Prevention Centers and local prevention groups.
The is committed to assisting communities with understanding and implementing community-based environmental strategies. The Tobacco PES offers the services outlined below.
The provides on-site training on a number of community-based prevention topics including:
- An Overview of Environmental Strategies
- Barriers to Implementing Environmental Strategies
- Community Readiness for Implementing Environmental Strategies
- Comprehensive School Policy as an Environmental Strategy
- SQUADS (Study, Question, Action, Debrief and Success) environmental strategies for youth.
- Secondhand Smoke
- Making the Case for Clean Indoor Air
- Social and Retail Availability of Tobacco
- Tobacco Policy, Regulations and Enforcement
- Making the Case for Smoke-free Workplaces
- Environmental Strategies and the Governors Framework for Prevention
- Technical Assistance/Consultation
The also provides technical assistance and consultation on conducting needs assessments for tobacco environmental strategies, setting goals and objectives, strategy selection, and evaluation.
The can provide communities with up-to-date tobacco prevention research articles and a wide variety of information on tobacco environmental strategies.
Tobacco PES Manager
Amy Jeffers joined Pathways, Inc. in January of 2000. She served as coordinator of the Boyd and Greenup County Kentucky Incentives for Prevention grant and as the Regional Prevention Center staff supervisor.
As Prevention Director, Amy is responsible for oversight of prevention services in the ten-county catchment area, including nine community substance abuse prevention coalitions, seven youth coalitions, and six Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Local Boards. She also administers the Tobacco Prevention Enhancement Site, providing training, technical assistance and consultation statewide.
Amy is also the liaison for Department for Public Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program contract services. She manages the Juvenile Justice Early Intervention Program and serves as a member of the Pathways to Bright Futures Team.
Amy holds a master's degree in Counseling and a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall University. She was the recipient of the Certified Prevention Professional of the Year award in 2006 and the Robert Straus Award for Outstanding Service in Substance Abuse Prevention in Kentucky.