Prevention Leadership Team receives National Safety Council Teen Safety Award

  • From left, Jordan Esser, community initiatives coordinator at DuPage County Health Department, and Doug Petit, prevention leadership team co-chair, receive the Teen Safety Award, presented by Morgan Cihak, National Safety Council Program Manager.

    From left, Jordan Esser, community initiatives coordinator at DuPage County Health Department, and Doug Petit, prevention leadership team co-chair, receive the Teen Safety Award, presented by Morgan Cihak, National Safety Council Program Manager. Courtesy of Tom Rocco, DuPage County Health Department

 
Submitted by Don Bolger
Updated 8/9/2019 8:51 PM

The DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team is pleased to announce it has received the Teen Safety Award from the National Safety Council.

The Teen Safety Award recognizes an individual or organization working to improve teen safety and save lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The National Safety Council identified the Prevention Leadership Team because its efforts have had a measurable impact on protecting teens.

"Since 2011, the Prevention Leadership Team has made remarkable strides in protecting teens in DuPage County," said Morgan Cihak, NSC program manager. "Through its work, residents have been educated on teen substance use and mental health issues, with incredible results and support from the community."

The top goals of the Prevention Leadership Team are reducing substance use and improving mental health of DuPage County residents, age 18 or younger.

"We appreciate the National Safety Council recognizing the progress of the PLT and their work to support our youth," said Karen Ayala, DuPage County Health Department Executive Director. "We want to help teens make smart choices today, so they can be wise decision makers as adults tomorrow."

According to the Illinois Youth Survey, since the Prevention Leadership Team was formed eight years ago, alcohol and prescription drug use has declined among DuPage County high school students.

"While we are grateful to be recognized by the National Safety Council, we will continue to work with our partners to keep DuPage County youth safe," said Jordan Esser, Health Department Community Initiatives Coordinator.

To learn more about the Prevention Leadership Team, visit www.dupageplt.org.

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