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It’s not all sob stories, but it is raw. We share our vulnerabilities and talk with thought leaders and “normal” people in hopes that it will help others who are struggling with substance use. Available wherever you get your podcasts.

Atypical Engineer

“Don’t just talk about it, be about it.” It’s advice that Councilwoman Shalonda Webb lives by as an elected official in District 4 of Missouri. As our guest this week on the PrevenTable, Shalonda describes the challenges of balancing politics with a full work week as a software engineer at Boeing, the stigma of being an elected official, and her work to reduce the number of alcohol outlets in her district and limit open carry for minors.

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In the Weeds: It's Complicated

Prevention Educator Emma Wilson is joined by Kaine, a Northwest High School senior, to talk with Nichole about the It’s Complicated program. With Emma running It’s Complicated and Kaine being a trainee, the pair give the inside scoop on the benefits of joining the program, the effectiveness of peer-to-peer learning, and the nuance needed in discussions about cannabis.

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Translation to Transformation

Dawn Price, founder and CEO of The Sophia Project, Inc., sits down with Nichole this week to discuss how her life’s purpose is dedicated to the transformative journey of young women. Dawn shares how the name “Sophia” has a spiritual meaning that connects with her life’s purpose and how her light bulb moment evolved into what she teaches today.

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Forward Thinking

In case you haven’t heard, PreventEd is welcoming in a new Interim Executive Director next week! Get to know Jenny Armbruster on today’s episode of the PrevenTable. Jenny shares how she got started in the prevention space and joined NCADA, the ways her and Nichole’s working partnership perfectly balances one other out, and the future of the PrevenTable podcast.

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Family Ties

Angela Roberts, Director of Business Development at Sana Lake Recovery Center, joins this week’s PrevenTable with over 15 years of experience in the substance use field. Angela talks about the link between eating disorders and substance use disorder, the Members for Life program, and centering recovery programs around the idea of family and trust.

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In the Weeds: How have cannabis perceptions changed?

We have a triple threat of guests joining us for our In the Weeds episode this week: Courtney Hinton, Community Strategist III at PreventEd; Gerald Watson, Executive Director of Fresh Start Community Coalition; and Danyeal Crittenden of Lewis Place Coalition. With experience in substance use prevention, the trio discusses the generational differences in how cannabis is perceived, the ways that cannabis is depicted in media, and the importance of safe storage.

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In the Weeds: How do we talk about cannabis?

Associate Director of GuidEd, Presley Menendez, is our second #IntheWeeds guest as we navigate through the questions surrounding cannabis and its legalization in Missouri. Presley discusses her approaches to talking with adolescents about cannabis, ways to rebuild trust between kids and parents, and touches on guiding conversations with empathy and not judgment.

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More than a Name

Tom Etling, President of PreventEd’s Board of Directors, sits down at the PrevenTable to talk more about his marketing expertise and time working with nonprofits. He shares how he helped PreventEd kickstart its rebrand and create the name we all know today, delves into changing misconceptions about people in need while at St. Patrick Center, and even chats about being an Eisenhower Fellow.

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In the Weeds: Cannabis is legal in Missouri, now what?

Welcome to In the Weeds, where we dig up answers to big questions about cannabis following its legalization in Missouri. Our very own Stacie Zellin kicks off the podcast this week to share more about PreventEd’s efforts to dispel cannabis myths and stay up-to-date on the most recent cannabis research. She provides insights into the opportunities and challenges that cannabis legalization brings, talks about PreventEd’s ethics trainings, and describes the importance of translating complex information into a digestible form for the public.

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A Generational Difference

Huvona Watkins, Executive Director of Almost Home, is featured on the PrevenTable this week to discuss her organization’s work in assisting young moms with reaching self-sufficiency. She shares how Almost Home provides the stepping stones to end poverty two generations at a time, their goal to create a better life for children, and the different roles and responsibilities of moms that utilize their program.

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Changing the Workplace

Ann McCauley, Missouri Director of the Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Project with MU Extension, sits down with Nichole to discuss recovery friendly workplaces. Ann touches on the philosophy of putting the health and wellness of employees to the forefront of a company’s priorities, the designation process, and her efforts to shift perspectives surrounding hiring people in recovery.

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Doing the Work

The power couple of LGBTQ+ health is on the #PrevenTable this week! Ben Greene, a public speaker, advocate, and author joins us along with his wife, Samantha Levine, a medical and public health student. They share more about gender roles and norms in society, address drinking culture in LGBTQ+ spaces, and explain several social determinants of health that disproportionately impact queer folks. Plus, Ben talks about his book, “My Child is Trans, Now What?” which is coming soon!

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Connection is Universal

Claire Wyneken and Allison Williams, former and current CEOs of the Wyman Center, join the PrevenTable to talk about their programs to empower teens to lead successful lives and build strong communities. They emphasize the importance of investing in partnerships, explain the Teen Connection Project, and describe how they have helped over 350,000 young people form meaningful connections in the community.

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Healing from Within

This week’s PrevenTable episode features Dr. Marty K. Casey and Renee Cunningham, Executive Director and Executive Assistant of UnGUN Institute. After both experiencing and witnessing the ways that unresolved trauma impacts people, Casey created UnGUN to help disarm trauma in individuals. The pair describe how to detect bodily signs of trauma and self preservation, highlight the power of role models, and share more about the company’s self care products that made it all the way to Los Angeles for the 2024 Oscars!

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It's All About the Brain

Podcaster Alex Kaiser joins us to explain the motive behind starting his podcast, “No Lions Here.” He bravely shares more about his journey as a person with a substance use disorder. Alex describes his process of seeking treatment, details how he fights against the stigma of substance misuse, and takes us through his belief that freedom for him means being open about his struggles without concern about judgment from others.

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Inclusivity In Action

This week on the PrevenTable, Beth Elders, the Executive Director of the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross, shares more on her journey of working in disaster relief. A PreventEd Teen Institute participant as a high schooler, Beth comments on how she truly found her place in the program, discusses her experience moving from working for the church to the Red Cross, and opens up on how she stays calm in the face of disaster.

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Creating Good Habits

The PrevenTable is back for our Season 4 premiere featuring rocker and radio host Moon Valjean and his wife, Mallory, a life coach and entrepreneur! In this episode, the pair covers the highs and lows of the rock music world, including their decision to stop drinking. They also share more about connecting with other sober people through social media, trusting the process of establishing healthy habits, and learning to appreciate their accomplishments despite obstacles.

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Feeding Your Life

Musician and songwriter Clint Lowery joins the PrevenTable for our Season 3 Finale! Known for being the lead guitarist for Sevendust and having gigs with Korn and Seether, Clint shares his experience with rock and roll culture. As a self-identifying sober person, he describes the process of making music sober, discusses generational differences in speaking about substance misuse, and shares how music and fitness keep his mind and body healthy.

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Safe Spaces

Jennifer Massie Fadler, Founder and Executive Director of Life House Youth Center, discusses her organization’s objective to provide a safe and loving space outside of the home for children to spend time. Jennifer talks about building relationships with kids, the various ways the organization serves children, and her vision for Life House to exist in communities around the U.S.

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Legacy Starts From Within

Terran Rome, Executive Vice President of Legacy Institute, sits down at the PrevenTable to describe his organization’s mission to teach kids essential skills and knowledge for navigating adulthood. Terran explains the origin of the idea, which came about during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizes the need for extracurricular alternatives beyond music and sports, and stresses how beneficial it is for people to learn about their history and identity.

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We're All In This Together

Labor recovery specialists James Pursell and Aaron Walsh join us from Lean STL to talk about their work providing resources for mental health and substance misuse for laborers. The duo describes the power of having a peer to confide in, the overlap between work and being in recovery, and the challenge of making prevention appealing to workplaces.

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Not Really the Brotherhood

Hubbard Radio-KSHE 95 promotions coordinator Rian Gilkerson joins the podcast this week to talk about the reality check she faced during her time in the Marine Corps. Rian discusses her experience as a woman in the military, covering topics such as intimate partner violence, military ranking power dynamics, and how military members often fail to recognize substance misuse. (TW // Sexual Harassment and Assault)

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Take Care of Your People

John Gaal, Joseph Whiteman, and Scott Greenhaus join us this week to discuss their knowledge of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), an issue responsible for 25% of fatalities in the construction industry. The trio shares the importance of having good coping mechanisms, improving physical and mental health, and setting new standards for wearing safety helmets.

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Essential Empowerment

Reann Hines, founder of the Behind It All Foundation, takes a seat at the PrevenTable for a conversation on promoting mental health wellness and entrepreneurship opportunities in underserved communities. She describes a few key initiatives encompassed in the foundation, talks about the role of life coaching, and explains her goal to create leaders that spread their impact both far and wide.

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Excelling in Education

Missouri Excel Centers Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost joins us for a conversation about his educational journey and current work helping adults obtain their high school diploma. He discusses how The Beatles kickstarted his passion for education, explains the necessity of providing opportunities for education for all ages, and shares insight on making a difference in students’ lives.

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DJ for Recovery

Kevin Harris joins the PrevenTable for a conversation about his journey to recovery as a former DJ, identifying himself as a functioning alcoholic — a term he and Nichole help break down. Kevin also discusses his book, “From DJ to Deacon: The Life of an Alcoholic,” praises the mentors in his life, and shares more about his current role as a harm reduction coordinator.

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Looking for Signs

Shima Rostami, Executive Director of Gateway Alliance Against Human Trafficking, talks about how her organization works to both prevent and educate people about human trafficking. She and Nichole discuss why it can be hard to detect elements of trafficking, how domestic trafficking is often not heard about, and the power behind knowledge.

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The Writers Table

Dr. Hedva Barenholtz Levy sits down at the PrevenTable to talk about her book, “Maybe It’s Your Medications.” She takes us through the process of writing and publishing the book and hits on some of its major topics, including healthy aging, medication use, being an educated consumer, and how to discuss medicine and supplements with a physician.

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Built Environment

St. Louis native Kelly McGowan joins Nichole at the PreventTable for a conversation about the importance of local politics. McGowan, the founder and executive director of Transform 314, discusses her entrance into advocacy, breaks down structural racism as an issue in St. Louis, and talks about boosting civic engagement.

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Music, Fun, and Connection

Jim Murphy, former board president of NCADA, sits down at the PrevenTable to share more about this year’s RecoveryFest STL, which he founded last year. He explains how the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for connection between people in recovery, details some of the food vendors and live music you’ll see this year, and describes how St. Louis is one of the hotbeds in the U.S. for people in long term recovery.

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Out of the Seats, Into the Streets

Brandon Boos from Faith Oakville joins us for a conversation on PreventEd’s partnership with the church and the third annual Stomp Out Addiction walk on October 1st. Brandon dives into the church’s mission to connect people, how they strive for community beyond church, and Faith’s deep roots in service.

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Staying in School

Darcy Glidewell and Clay Jenkins describe their organization, The Next Step, which aims to provide tuition assistance for people in long term recovery. They explain the story of their kitchen table idea that bloomed into $1.93 million in funding student education, comment on the way education empowers those in recovery, and share the satisfaction of witnessing the support network that develops for students through their work.

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Let's Be Real

Radio personality Donny Fandango joins the PrevenTable for a refreshing reality check about being open with your mental health and emotions. He talks about being real for the radio, provides wisdom about dealing with grief, and shares more about his philanthropic work for the Ronald McDonald House.

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Community Connection

Steve Ewing, businessman and frontman for The Urge, joins Nichole to talk about his two greatest endeavors: music and food. He describes how his restaurant, Steve’s Hot Dogs, fed nearly 10,000 people when schools closed down during the COVID-19 pandemic, shares insight into working in the music industry, and delves into his longtime passion for fitness.

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Casual Consciousness

PreventEd Process Analyst Intern Justin Boyle joins the PrevenTable to share the backstory of how he entered the prevention education space as an intern this summer. He reflects on what motivates him, describes a few community-engaged learning experiences in both his college and home community, and explains his goal of seeing basic awareness and knowledge of injustice lead to positive change.

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Everyday Advocacy

KSHE 95 Morning Show Host A.D. Rowntree joins us for a conversation on how he utilizes his radio platform to advocate for change. A.D. describes his attempts to break down mental health stigmas in a relatable way, discusses everyday management of his mental health, and talks with Nichole about the benefits of exercise and meditation.

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Public Health is Community

Alicia Jenkins from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services joins Nichole for a discussion about public health and community. She shares the extensive variety of work she does as a public servant, emphasizes the department’s goal of getting Missourians access to health services from anywhere, and praises the power of digital media in dispersing public health information to large audiences.

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Leap of Faith

Co-founder and Executive Director of Foster Together, Laura Storm, sits down to explain more about the organization, which provides essential items to foster children and families in St. Louis. She talks about her mission to restore dignity to kids, seeing foster children as more than a statistic, and how lucky she feels to have passionate volunteers.

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There's Always a Backstory

Sports radio host Anthony Stalter joins Nichole at the PrevenTable for a conversation about St. Louis’s medication bag disposal project, which Anthony currently promotes on 101 ESPN St. Louis. The pair discuss mental health and substance use in sports, the value of going to therapy, and the importance of extending empathy, not judgment, to all.

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Behind the Scenes

Former NCADD Director of Affiliate Relations Leah Brock sits down at the PrevenTable to share her experience of working for the organization for 30 years. Leah and Nichole discuss the history of NCADD, the importance of relationship building, and the balance of maintaining the integrity of their mission while still continuing to grow and evolve with the times.

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Hope and Healing

After tragically losing her best friend to an act of sexual violence, Rachel Ebeling began to grow hope from grief. On a mission to help other victims through the healing process, she started The Angel Band Project. She joins the PrevenTable alongside music therapist Tracie Sandheinrich to share more about the organization’s music therapy program, the power of peer support, and finding solace through music.

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Gene-ormous Breathroughs

Research Assistant Professor Alexander Hatoum joins the PrevenTable to share more on his collaborative study on human genomes and substance use disorder. He talks about the heritability of substance use disorder, explains the addiction risk factor model, and even gets into a more recent development — the risk of using artificial intelligence for certain treatment methods.

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Striving for Equity

Ben Wood, Director of Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health Services at Williams & Associates, shares more about the organization’s mission to address health disparities in marginalized communities. Ben emphasizes the importance of promoting health equity and explains the variety of health support services Williams & Associates provides to address these types of issues.

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Movement, Momentum, Mainstream

Annie O’Donoghue and Laura Silverman join Nichole for the second time to discuss the alcohol-free movement that has gained SO MUCH momentum. They explain the difference between the words that float around the AF space, like zero-proof, non-alcoholic, alcohol-free, and mocktails, and why they prefer some over others.

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Life Saving Commitments

Brandon Anderson, Vice President of Safety at Associated General Contractors, and Ricky Reams, Vice President of Safety and Quality with Murphy Company, highlight initiatives that are addressing mental health, suicide prevention, and substance misuse in the construction industry. The pair reveal how hard discussions are saving lives and emphasize the real change that’s occurring in the field.

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Radical Love

Acting Executive Director of MONetwork, Michelle Charbonnier, has been offering harm reduction services and recovery support to community members in South City since she began volunteering in 2017. She joins Nichole to discuss the meaning of harm reduction and how resources like fentanyl test strips and syringe services programs work to keep people who use drugs alive and safe — the basic goal of reducing harm.

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Spreading the Love

When LOVEtheLOU Executive Director and Founder Lucas Rouggly moved to North St. Louis with his wife, they had a simple mission: to spread love to their neighbors. Since 2008, Lucas has brought together a team of passionate workers and hundreds of volunteers to help serve the city and restore the neighborhood of Enright. Lucas sits down at the PrevenTable to talk more about being a grassroots organization, creating future leaders, and being intentional in his mission.

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Hear Us

High schoolers Ashok and Nick and PreventEd Associate Director of Community Strategy Kristin Bengtson join the PrevenTable to talk about Hear Us, an annual advocacy event where St. Louis area high schoolers talk to Missouri state legislators about drug prevention, policy, and advocacy. They provide perspective on navigating conversations with elected officials and finding a middle ground while keeping in mind that you don’t need political power to empower.

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Making the Significant Relevant

Matt Woods, Digital Content Producer for KMOV News, discusses his documentary, “Contaminated: The Fentanyl Crisis in St. Louis”, that breaks down the causes behind the rise in fentanyl overdose deaths in the area. Matt hits on barriers to substance use disorder treatment, erasing the stigma around substance misuse from the top down, and making the significant relevant by telling the stories of real people.

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Not Your Typical Summer Camp

Prevention Educator Joy Carter sits down with Nichole to talk about all things Teen Institute along with former participant and intern, Jess Kagan. The pair provide insight into what Teen Institute REALLY is — four days and three nights of fun, combined with small group activities, team building, and leadership exercises that equip high schoolers for preventing substance misuse among their peers.

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The Greatest Gift of Recovery

Andy Bowman and Jennie Payne, PreventEd’s newest peer specialists in the Lincoln County office, join us to discuss how they guide people in recovery through lived experience. They share wisdom on setting boundaries as a peer, how recovery is a conscious choice every day, and dive into launching the Lincoln County program.

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Anomaly in Comedy

Rafe Williams, local stand-up comedian, sketch comedian, improv-er, and radio personality, sits down with Annie to discuss the healing power of comedy and how it relates to mental health and his sobriety.

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Yoga of 12 Step Recovery

Amber Campbell, Yoga Teacher and PreventEd staff person, joins the PrevenTable to talk about the role yoga has played in her life, her journey in recovery, and how the Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) brought the two together.

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Correlation, Not Causation

Huvona Watkins and Nora Mosby from the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence join the PrevenTable to talk about the relationship between domestic and sexual violence and substance use, their root causes, and the power of prevention.

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Behind the Scenes

Lisa Carter, Co-Director at Mid-America ATTC, and Sherrie Watkins, Technology Transfer Specialist at Opioid Response Network, join the PrevenTable to talk about the importance of supporting service providers, upstream and downstream solutions, the resurgence of stimulants, and the power of knowledge.

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Selling Hope for Free

What happens to a child when their parent is incarcerated? The idea for 4 Walls & Beyond came to Lisa Porter, Founder & CEO, 18 years ago when she was incarcerated in Vandalia Women’s Prison. She discusses the challenges of parenting behind bars and how her organization helps strengthen the parent-child relationship. Lisa is joined by Otis Lumpkin, Chief Financial Officer, whose lived experience drew him to the mission.

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Freedom on the Other Side of the Storm

Charlie Backer sits down to discuss sobriety, hot sauce, vulnerabilities and his book, The Sober Impact. He shares how sobriety has shaped him into the man he is today; how he shares his experience and pitfalls with his two kids; and how people, just like ogres, have layers.

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Knock and Go In

Therapeutic Consultant, Dr. Russell Hyken, discusses how he navigates teens and their families through residential treatment and beyond. He explains how his time as a high school principal led him to his current role working within family systems. . . including his own.

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This Is Not Mine

KSHE 95 Radio Host, Lauren “Lern” Elwell, pops across the hall to discuss how she prioritizes her mental health and why she chooses to use her platform to support others. Lern talks setting boundaries and how the relationship between “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll” has evolved.

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Resident-First

Matt Bauersachs, founder of Learn to Live Recovery, describes his path to creating an innovative step-down program for males in long-term recovery. Hear how this extended care model provides a safety net for the residents by building relationships, teaching skills, and instilling knowledge.

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Space for Connection

Luka Cai, co-founder of SQSH, joins the PrevenTable to talk about the unique, non-hierarchical role that peer counselors play in supporting LGBTQIA+ community members, the importance of relationship building, and working towards a St. Louis region where people of all genders and sexualities live with power, safety, and dignity.

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Helping People is Pretty Neat

School Counselor Chris Allen emphasizes the need for prevention programs and support services in rural communities and talks about what it’s really like to work with teens today. He notes that while cannabis use, anxiety disorders, and suicide are prevalent, the power of peers can address these challenges head-on.

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B.S. GPS

Are you working to disrupt the system and be an ally for BIPOC individuals? Do you have a friend that challenges you and pushes you to be better? Vontriece McDowell talks about why it’s important to ask the tough questions of each other, be intentional about the relationships we develop, and call out the B.S.

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Hold On Pain Ends

What do the construction industry and suicide have in common? Unfortunately, a lot. The suicide rate in the construction industry is 3x-5x times higher than the national average. Bo Cooper, Alberici Safety Director, and Brandon Anderson, Vice President of Safety for the Association of General Contractors stop by to discuss this and how they are tackling it head-on because everyone needs some HOPE in their lives.

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Change + Capacity = Activism

How can we redefine norms around mental health in immigrant communities? Dr. Min Liu (Professor of Communication at SIUE) and the student members of the Asian American Civic Scholars are tackling this important question, conversation by conversation. Hear how they are bringing resources like Teen Mental Health First Aid- and creating their own- to their schools, parents, and grandparents to create positive change and save lives.

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Our Secrets Keep Us Sick

The conversation continues with bestselling author of The Addiction Inoculation, Jessica Lahey. She advocates for frequent, fact-based dialogue about drugs, beginning in pre-K and continuing through college and shares how she creates the space for convos with her kids.

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How Can I End This With Me?

Mom, teacher, and author, Jessica Lahey reveals the motivation behind her best-selling book, The Addiction Inoculation. She talks brain science, middle schoolers, and how being open and honest about her own sobriety keeps her accountable.

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It's All About Connection: RecoveryFest 2022

Join us at the Preventable with second-time guest, Jim Murphy, as he shares all the exciting details for the upcoming RecoveryFest 2022.

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Banking on Community

For almost 15 years, Stacy Clay was an advocate and leader in St. Louis Public Schools, and worked to develop comprehensive Student Support Services. When he stepped into a new role at First Bank, his fresh perspective as a non-banker and his understanding of community issues proved invaluable in furthering First Bank’s local emphasis. Stacy talks about the importance of relationships in banking, education, and community, and how technology serves as an important conduit for connection as the landscape and ways we communicate change.

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It Makes You Human

Aldin Lolic has been working to address opioids and substance use disorder in the St. Louis Bosnian community for 4 years and is now the chair of the newly formed Bosnian Opioid Project. He discusses why we need to be proactive instead of reactive, the importance of community, and why stigma and shame have a devastating domino effect on fighting causes such as substance use disorder. He notes the challenges that both immigrants and refugees face when resources are needed and what St. Louis is doing to address them.

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The B Word

Principals are scary, right? Wrong! North Kirkwood Middle School Principal (and uber-wrestling fan) Dana Liberton, sheds light on her journey from student to head principal, including the strong women and happy accidents that helped shape her. Dana lights up as she describes the significance of her role in young people’s lives, the importance of prevention programs, the strength of her team, and the eccentricities of middle schoolers.

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Duty of Care

Chris Becker, founder of Better Rhodes, reveals what drove him to create this lifestyle brand that curates alcohol-free offerings and develops community. Listen as Chris discusses the debate and nuance surrounding NA products with a critical understanding.

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Getting In Sync

Alicia and Courtney, the dynamic community engagement duo, are back with more tips and tricks. They highlight some accomplishments of PreventEd’s newly-formed Community Advisory Board, including widespread installation of 100 Naloxboxes in the St. Louis Region!

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Family Recipes

What the heck does “Community Engagement” really mean? And how do you do it? Alicia Smith and Courtney Hinton provide a behind-the-scenes look at PreventEd’s newest department, Community Engagement. It’s a little art, a little science, and a lot of relationship-building and connecting the dots.

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A Seat at the Table

Lily Geiger stops by the PrevenTable to discuss Figlia, the alcohol-free aperitif she created, and the inspiration behind it. It’s a tribute to the power of family – the given and the chosen. And an opportunity for honest conversations: serving the good stuff while talking about the hard stuff.

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Life After Sport

What do you do when you can’t do what you’ve always done? Alexis Thurston details how she pushed forward after a life-altering car accident dashed her college rugby career and found new purpose through motherhood, recovery, exercise, and forest bathing (what the heck is that?).

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The Future of Hospitality is Inclusivity

Founder of Zero Proof Nation, Laura Silverman, describes how she elevates non-alcoholic options and connects people across the sobriety spectrum and across the country. Laura is a booze-free babe in many realms: “soberoke” (sober karaoke), roller derby, and Canva. Check out her new podcast, By Volume!

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Tuna Sandwiches

Dave Kuntz from R3 Development talks all things “building” in East St. Louis: Jobs. Community. Housing. Joy. Sense of Self. Assets. He discusses how to affirm dignity and build trust while pushing against the “white savior” mentality. And how.

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The Power of Peers

Colton Baker describes his role as the Lead Recovery Coach in the EPICC Outreach Project and details how the project works to connect people with resources and peer support after an overdose. He describes the project’s success (e.g. high engagement rate, low response time, coordinated response) in keeping people out of the hospital system and making treatment truly accessible.

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Do You Have Any Questions for the Pharmacist?

Dr. Hedva Barenholtz-Levy explains her role as a geriatric specialist pharmacist and the complexities that accompany working with older adults. Listen as she describes the risks that alcohol, cannabis, and opioids can pose to seniors and as she urges consumers to become an active part of their healthcare team.

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The First Ladies

Geraldine and Belinda of the First Ladies’ Network discuss high infant mortality rates in St. Louis’ Black community and what they are doing about it. These First Ladies of the church engage in peer-led discussions with prenatal and postpartum moms to support their mental health and provide needed services.

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Three Sheets to the Wind

Jen Maness, owner of Hello Juice and Smoothie, discusses how she incorporates health and wellness into her sober lifestyle. Newsflash: It isn’t all avocado toast and acai bowls (although those are certainly delicious!) Jen also dishes on business expansion and (gasp!) ex-boyfriends.

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It Takes a Village

Leslie Robinson, CEO of H.O.P.E. for the Future, describes how and why she founded the mentoring program for teen moms…during the pandemic! She addresses the shame and stigma that often are directed to young parents and speaks to the ways that her organization helps encourage, support, and empower her participants.

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What Smart Parents Do

Zabrina and Audrey from #SmartParentsDoThis pull up a seat at the PrevenTable to talk the 6 S’s—a parenting framework that makes #momlife and #dadlife a little easier and a lot less stressful.

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Recoverers and Discoverers

Brand journalist (what the heck is that?!) and non-profit founder, Kristin Tippit, emphasizes the importance of knowing who you are and what you want to be known for. She explains the difference between organizational alignment and simply drinking the kool-aid. Her authenticity shines through as she reveals how she encourages her children to “feel their feelings” and lean into their vulnerability, while she leans into her own.

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Crisis of Faith

Ever wanted to ask a religious leader questions? We did. Pastor Chris from Faith Oakville talks about what ministry really means and why it’s so critical to talk about what’s really going on with people. Forget getting butts in the seats. It’s all about accepting “brokenness,” being available, and not shying away from the tough stuff.

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Not a Moment, But a Movement

Chris Marshall, founder of Sans Bar, joins the PrevenTable to discuss its evolution from SXSW to its second national tour in just a few short years. He talks building community, being a Black man in the AF space, and teaching others through Sans Bar Academy.

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Theory of Change

Social justice pioneer, Joe Yancey, details his storied career in the behavioral health field and reveals how he’s been spending his retirement, working to change the system he spent so many years working for. Spoiler alert: Joe is just getting started.

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Disrupt, Dismantle, and Destroy

Ever wonder what the DEA really does? ASAC Colin Dickey of the St. Louis Division sheds light on the role of the DEA in targeting drug networks in source countries. He describes how the DEA intervenes with drugs like fentanyl and diverts through long-standing community initiatives like Drug Take Back Days and their newest campaign, Operation Overdrive.

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Edit it in Post

PrevenTable’s producer, Clay Butler, steps in front of the mic for this episode and reveals what it’s really like to transition from program participant to staff member. Clay credits Mr. Shane with getting him to Teen Institute (what the heck is that?), emphasizes the importance of “carefrontations,” and explains his motivation to nudge PreventEd forward on gender identity issues.

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Blue Heron

Listen to find out how Executive Director of H.E.A.L Stop Heroin, Ellis Fitzwalter, and his wife formed a coalition to honor their son, Michael. As one of the almost 30 community coalitions that PreventEd supports, their efforts range from distributing medication disposal bags, providing grief support, walking to raise awareness, and forming a caravan.

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That's Dope!

Modern Dope founder, Jaidev, visits the Preventable to talk about why he chooses to donate proceeds from his clothing line to support PreventEd and NAMI.

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Laser Focus

Meredith Knopp dishes about the St. Louis Area Foodbank’s efforts to increase nutritional security and minimize food waste. She details how the org sources culturally appropriate foods and provides (hunger) relief by filling bellies. #foodandhope

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Coming in Hot

Ever wonder how PreventEd decides what, how, and if to comment on issues? Stacie Zellin of PreventEd describes the animation, enthusiasm, and spirited dialogue that goes on behind the scenes when a “hot topic” surfaces. Listen in real-time as the subject of “cannamoms” surfaces and hear how she and Nichole weigh whether or not we should “say something.” And if yes, then what?

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Andy Cohen. . . Are You Listening?

Heirloom Bottling Co. Founder, Brad Zulick, details his journey from academia to craft cocktail entrepreneur. An early Sans Bar supporter, Brad explains “shrubs” and emphasizes the need for good NA alternatives.

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Princess of Prevention

OG Harriet Kopolow joins the PrevenTable to reminisce about the origins of “prevention.” Harriet recounts how she pushed against the scare tactics utilized in the early 1980’s and, instead, utilized the AA tradition concepts of peer supports, fellowship, goal-setting, and decision-making, to build the foundation of school-based prevention as we know it.

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Money Well Spent

Chris Thetford discusses how the Better Business Bureau works to empower consumers, businesses, and donors by providing information to facilitate choice. He also underscores the power of diversity of experience in the workplace and advocates for empathetic leadership.

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The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Brock Seals takes a trip down memory lane on the PrevenTable as he describes his journey from fashion designer, to rapper, to commissioned artivist for the St. Louis Cardinals, the NFL, the City Foundry, and, yes, even PreventEd!

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The Struggle is Real

Sharon Spruell, mom of 3 and CEO of Queen of Peace Center, reflects on the complexities of motherhood and highlights the unique challenges of women’s treatment and recovery services. #jugglenotbalance #momlife

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Stories That Move Us

Fan-girling occurs when Amy Shaw visits the PrevenTable to talk about how Nine PBS went back to its roots during the pandemic. Local, human, and relevant content are the differentiators that make public television “more than enough.”

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A Fresh Start

Community coalition leader Gerald Watson stops by the PrevenTable to reflect on “mega” status, misconceptions about Black fathers, and life after active addiction.

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Close to Home Pt. 2

The conversation was so good, it had to continue. Ryan and Kenajo discuss what a recovery-friendly workplace really looks like, the impact of trauma, and making amends.

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Close to Home Pt. 1

Peer specialists Kenajo and Ryan drop by the PrevenTable to school Nichole on what peer support really looks like: recovery taxis; searching the woods; helping others find their worth; and putting their own oxygen masks on.

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Purposeful Philanthropy

Elizabeth George from the St. Louis Community Foundation stops by the PrevenTable to talk about (gasp!) money, legacy giving, and the importance of giving your mom credit for all the good ideas.

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Not Slinging My Story

Jordan Hampton stops by the PrevenTable to talk about the role recovery housing plays in sobriety and how he harnesses his experience, strength, and hope to refine his craft as a peer.

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It is Never a Survivor's Fault

Interim CEO of Safe Connections, Cynthia, stops by the PrevenTable to answer questions about domestic violence and sexual assault like, “Can men be victims of abuse?” and “Why doesn’t she just leave?” She also busts myths about the role alcohol does, or doesn’t, play in issues of consent.

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Baden and Beyond

Cal and Djuna reminisce at this PrevenTable about the conversation several years ago around their kitchen table that led to the creation of Living With Purpose, their nonprofit that supports people with intellectual disabilities, mental health challenges, and substance use disorders. They provide insight on their positive workplace culture (dogs and kids!) and reveal what they have in store over the next 5 years.

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Make Room for Yourself

High school senior Pooja joins the PrevenTable to talk about her new Naloxbox nonprofit, The Opioid Project, and ponders a political career. Pooja for President!

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Not Out for the Clout

Hear what motivated mom of 2, Shavanna Spratt, to pivot from survival mode to community activist as host of “Da Hood Talks” podcast.  She and Nichole talk about elevating urban voices, podcast swag, and why sometimes you just have to shut up.

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What's in a Name?

Listen as the newly-married Dr. Kanika Cunningham details why the inclusion of addiction medicine into the primary care setting is a necessary step forward in addressing substance use disorders, particularly in the Black community.

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It's All About People

Pickleball and hiking and CrossFit. . . oh my!  Listen as Jim Murphy stops by the PrevenTable to wax poetic about the good ol’ days and to talk about his latest endeavor to support individuals in long-term recovery.

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Attention v. Intention

Suicide prevention expert, Elizabeth Makulec, takes a seat at the PrevenTable to talk about the power of teens, the importance of asking for help, and her desire to retire early.

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Just an Asterisk

How do you help formerly incarcerated people re-enter society? And actually succeed? Hint: it has a lot to do with boredom. Listen as Nichole discusses these topics and more with fellow political theory nerd, Clark Porter.

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The Popcorn Keeper

5th grader, Virginia and 3rd grader, Violet join Nichole to talk about the importance of sharing and being a good friend. And they ask the question, “What the heck does it mean to be a grown-up anyway?”

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Sans Bar STL

Nichole is joined by Annie, the mastermind behind Sans Bar STL, St. Louis’s first zero-proof pop-up (and to date, the largest Sans Bar in history!) Learn more about the AF life and what’s next for Sans Bar STL.

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100 lb Sack of Potatoes

Nichole sits down with her guest, John, and discusses cabinets, construction, opioid use disorder and the loss no parent should have to go through. Hear how he worked with medical professionals at Washington University in St. Louis to reduce stigma, create change, and to ultimately have people listen to what he was saying.

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What Are You?

Poli “sassy pants” Rijos returns to the PrevenTable for a conversation about colorism, teaching tolerance to kids, and checking privilege. Geriatric pregnancy? Nah, 40 is the new 20.

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Mob Doctor

What’s it like to have a parent who has a substance use disorder?  Listen as PrevenTable guest Poli Rijos describes her dad’s journey into long-time recovery.

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If You Don’t See It, Produce It

Take a seat at the PrevenTable with Nichole and her guest Christia DeShields.  They dish about the absurdity of “Mommy Wine Culture” and why advocating for your children is the purest expression of motherhood.

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Therapy Slaps

Nichole welcomes teens Annemarie and Tom back to the PrevenTable to weigh in on social norms, self-care, and “checking-in” on your friends. Don’t be surprised when they start quoting Freud.

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Kids These Days

Teens get a bad rap.  On this inaugural episode of the PrevenTable, Nichole Dawsey talks with two “normal” teens, Annemarie and Tom, about what teens are really doing these days. And the answers may surprise you.

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