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Each week I interview guests who delve into a myriad of substance abuse, mental health and social justice concerns. Hear some provocative discussions that will hopefully provide an impetus for change and better understanding.

Jul 28, 2021

A Healthy Place
Building Connections Episode 6

Becky Merritt, Branch Manager for the Kent County YMCA, discusses how exercise, socialization and relaxation promotes health. Special emphasis is placed on youth related summer camps and adult fitness programs. The ‘Y’ is a wonderful resource as we begin to move back...

Jul 26, 2021

PAWS..for a moment
Episode 2 with Bob Houghtaling

Bob (and PAWS) continue a discussion about alcohol and the role it plays in our society. Special emphasis is placed on culture, treatment and the development of prevention approaches. Finally, Alan Willoughby, who developed the ATP Model, is recognized for being well...

Jul 20, 2021

Purposeful Connections

Terri Gregg, a Supervisor for RI Student Assistance Services, shares her experiences working with parents and teens as well as a column she writes. Special emphasis is placed on helping young people develop a sense of purpose along with offering them an opportunity for...

Jul 19, 2021

An Overview
Episode 1 with Bob Houghtaling

Bob Houghtaling asks us to ‘PAWS for a Moment’ while introducing a new summer series which addresses alcohol, impaired driving and mental health concerns. Today’s episode describes the PAWS Campaign as well as details how Covid-19 exacerbated many substance...

Jul 6, 2021

A Summer Update
Episode 4: Building Connections

Kathy and Bob provide an overview for a myriad of prevention initiatives to be offered over the summer. Special emphasis is placed on diversity programs, impaired driving campaigns and youth trainings.