- For MSAPC public meetings, search for Substance Abuse Prevention Council
- For HCAC public meetings, search for Healthy Communities Advisory Council
Mayor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Council (MSAPC)
Established in 1987 as the Providence Drug and Alcohol Abuse Network, the MSAPC would later be formed by Executive Order #2003-05 (July 29, 2003). The MSAPC is the lead drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention voice and advisory body for the City of Providence. The Council makes recommendations to the Mayor and advocates for policies that prevent youth alcohol, tobacco and drug use and promote safe and healthy choices for kids in the City of Providence. The vibrant and diverse Council membership is made up of more than 25 committed individuals and organizations from across the City that represent, and work with Providence youth to keep them healthy, safe, and able to reach their full potential.
MSAPC has made significant improvements in enforcement and compliance of underage drinking laws, supported environmental prevention policy change, and broadly expanded public education, community outreach and social norms around drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention.
The Council meets the first Wednesday of each month with the exception of August and December from 3:00 to 4:30 PM at Family Service of RI, 55 Hope Street in Providence. Contact Obed Papp, HCO Drug Free Communities Program Director at 401-680-5505 to confirm meetings.
Healthy Communities Advisory Council (HCAC)
Established in 2012 the HCAC provides input and support to the City’s healthy eating, active living and other public health initiatives. The Council is made up of more than two dozen individuals and organizations from around the city, representing a wide and diversified field of interests relating to public health.
Meetings were previously organized on themes such as food and nutrition, active transportation, environmental health, recreation opportunities and other topics. In 2017, the HCAC provided more opportunities for partnership building and information sharing across the HCAC members and the Providence Health Equity Zone (HEZ), of which the HCO is the backbone agency.
With a few exceptions, the meetings will be held bi-monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 2:30 PM in the main conference room at 444 Westminster Street. Meetings are open to all community members and local agencies participating in creating a healthier city. Contact Rachel Newman Greene, HCO Deputy Director at 401-680-5493 to confirm meetings.
Mission of the MSAPC
The mission of the MSAPC is to protect youth and prevent harmful alcohol, tobacco, and drug use by:
- Implementing evidence-based programs
- Building awareness
- Providing effective education
- Supporting comprehensive environmental strategies
- Promoting the health and wellness of individuals and communities