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Substance Abuse and Tobacco Prevention/Cessation Program

The ACCESS Substance Abuse and Tobacco Prevention/ Cessation program provides Dearborn students and parents with the information and skills necessary to make healthy choices about drugs, alcohol, and smoking. Much of the program’s work focuses on the hookah or argileh, a tobacco water-pipe popular among Arab Americans and others.  In addition to tobacco, the program educates local youth and parents on the risks of marijuana, alcohol, and prescription drugs.

MDHHS Smoke Free Air Law

Program Goals

  • Increase awareness and change community norms regarding the health risks of hookah and second-hand smoke
  • Reduce accessibility and use of hookah products among Arab American youth
  • Increase youth awareness of the risks of marijuana and prescription drug abuse

Program Components

  • LifeSkills Training with local middle and high schools
  • Parent education
  • Tobacco policy advocacy
  • Tobacco retailer education

Target Group/Client Base

Dearborn, Sterling Heights and surrounding communities with a focus on Arab American youth and parents

Funding Source

  • Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • SelfMade Health Network

Contact:

Corey Beckwith, Public Health Coordinator
Email: cbeckwith@accesscommunity.org  
Phone: (313) 216-2208

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