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.
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.
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.
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.
What Smart Parents Do
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.
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.
Not a Moment, But a Movement
Theory of Change
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.
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.
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.
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?
Andy Cohen. . . Are You Listening?
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.
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.
The Rose That Grew From Concrete
The Struggle is Real
Stories That Move Us
A Fresh Start
Close to Home Pt. 2
Close to Home Pt. 1
Not Slinging My Story
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.
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.
Make Room for Yourself
Not Out for the Clout
What's in a Name?
It's All About People
Attention v. Intention
Just an Asterisk
The Popcorn Keeper
Sans Bar STL
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.
What Are You?
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