Prevention Program

Description of Prevention Program All Services are contingent upon funding


CLASS Prevention services primarily include the use of evidence-based models and health promotion strategies to engage the community, increase awareness and to inspire healthy lifestyle, behavioral and environmental change


Prevention Program Philosophy:

 Prevention should be woven into all aspects of our lives, including where and how we live, learn, work and play. Everyone—government, businesses, educators, health care institutions, communities and every single American—has a role in creating a healthier nation.

Increasing the focus on prevention in our communities will help improve America's health, quality of life and prosperity. For example, seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases (such as cancer and heart disease), and almost one out of every two adults has at least one chronic illness, many of which are preventable. Racial and ethnic minority communities experience higher rates of obesity, cancer, diabetes and AIDS. Children are also becoming increasingly vulnerable. Today, almost one in every three children in our nation is overweight or obese which predisposes them to chronic disease and the numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities.

Focusing on preventing disease and illness before they occur will create healthier homes, workplaces, schools and communities so that people can live long and productive lives and reduce their healthcare costs. Better health positively impacts our communities and our economy:


Prevention Program Goals:

 The ultimate goals are to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. CLASS program strategies provide evidence-based recommendations that are fundamental to improving the nation's health through the active engagement of all sectors of society to help achieve four broad strategic directions:

  • Building Healthy and Safe Community Environments: Prevention of disease starts in our communities and at home; not just in the doctor's office. For example, businesses and employers can adopt practices to encourage their workforce to increase physical activity and reduce pollution (e.g., workplace flexibility, rideshare and vanpool programs, park-and-ride incentives, travel demand management initiatives, and telecommuting options).

  • Expanding Quality Preventive Services in Both Clinical and Community Settings: When people receive preventive care, such as immunizations and cancer screenings, they have better health and lower health care costs. For example, expanding the linkages between clinical and community prevention efforts, such as diabetes prevention programs that support preventive efforts among underserved groups and can improve access to preventive services.

  • Empowering People to Make Healthy Choices: Policies and programs can make healthy options the easy and affordable choice, and when people have access to actionable and easy-to-understand information and resources, they are empowered to make healthier choices. For example, health care professionals can use multiple communication tools (e.g., mobile phone applications, personal health records, and credible health websites) and culturally competent methods to support more traditional written and oral communication.

  • Eliminating Health Disparities: By eliminating disparities in achieving and maintaining health, we can help improve quality of life for all Americans. For example, health care providers can train and hire more qualified staff from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities.

The 7 below areas must be addressed in order to effectively reduce the burden of the leading causes of preventable death and major illness in our country:

  1. Tobacco free living

  2. Preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use

  3. Healthy eating

  4.  Active living

  5. Injury and violence-free living

  6. Reproductive and sexual health

  7. Mental and emotional wellbeing


 Eligibility Requirements to Participate:


 Prevention education and awareness applies to everyone.  No one is excluded.  However, CLASS ATOD prevention program materials are targeted towards middle and high school aged youth.  CLASS also has an ATOD curriculum targeted towards parents.



  1. Prevention Program focus: To provide drug prevention education and activities to Wayne County area youth and their families that improve the quality of their lives while learning about the harmful affects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 

  2. Target Population Served:  “At risk” Wayne County middle and high school aged   boys and girls and adults.

    • Adjudicated youth

    • School Students (Detroit Pubic, Private, and/or Academies)

    • Neighborhood/ Community Youth

    • Faith based groups

    • At risk women’s specialty prevention conference/retreat-annually

    • Parenting Education

  3. Programming locations (settings):

Prevention programs take place in the community; at schools; recreational and community buildings; churches and other related sites.

   4.Hours of Services:

Service hours vary at different program sites.  Program may take place during and/or after school hours.

   5. Days of Services:

Programs typically take place Monday through Thursday. 

   6. Frequency of Services:

The frequency of services may vary from site to site.  Typically the program is implemented one time per week for one hour.

  7. Payer Sources:

The program is grant funded through the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA).  Participants do not pay to receive prevention services.

  8. Fee:

Participants do not pay to receive prevention services.  However the participants who attend the annual “Women’s Prevention Conference/Retreat” are assessed a small registration fee for the complete weekend conference.  Scholarships are available. 


  9. Referral Sources:

The participants may be self referral.  Referrals come from the school, community, churches, and other related sources.  

  10. Specific Prevention Services to be offered:

  1. Dr. Botvin’s Life Skill evidence-based curriculum and The Truth About Drugs curriculum

  2. Participants learn harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD).

       c.    Supportive hands-on materials and activities to enhance the lessons

       d.     ATOD information Dissemination


Ineligible Persons: 


CLASS Prevention program currently do not include services for elementary and pre-school aged children.

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