Prevention training conducted in Pagosa Springs

 OMNI Prevention Specialist Rebecca Larson recently spent a week in Pagosa Springs training and coaching members of the community, as well as training members from outside the region.

Substance abuse prevention specialist training took place during four days at Centerpoint Church and included individuals from around the state. 

Course segments included Prevention History, The Media and Prevention, Human Brain Development and planning, implementation and evaluation of strategies to work with substance abuse issues in the community.    

Larson is a prevention specialist who services the region, providing valuable resources that helps local coalitions with grant funding, program implementation, coaching and training. 

At the end of the Pagosa Springs training period, Larson spent time with the school district’s Health and Wellness Committee to support some of the work that committee has undertaken.  

OMNI is the company that produced the Healthy Colorado Kid Survey that is administered to local students in grades seven-12 , a survey that helps the community guide programs for our children. 

For more information about prevention efforts in the community, contact Joanne Irons,  946-7545. Committee members can also answer questions, or refer you to the appropriate sources. 


Photo courtesy Joanne Irons
School District health and Wellness Committee members recently received prevention training during sessions conducted by OMNI prevention specialist Rebecca Larson. In back, from left, are Bill Esterbrook, Jim Shaffer, Donald Ford and Mike Haynes. In front are Penné Hamilton, Mary Jo Valentine, Maureen Margiotta, Susie Kleckner, Anna Royer, Rebecca Larson and Ronnie Doctor.