August 25, 2000

Paradise Valley Hospital's Partners for Prevention Program Hit Community Home Run

The Partners for Prevention group achieved a community home run in passing a local ordinance that restricts the in-store advertising of tobacco products around children in National City.

Through mobilization of young people and adult residents of the community, Partners for Prevention worked to get National City elected officials to move on a tobacco product placement ordinance which applies to any stores in National City that are within 1000 feet of a school or other children's area. Paradise Valley Hospital is the lead organization and staffs Partners for Prevention through their community services department.

"By taking a leadership role in prevention, Paradise Valley Hospital is on the cutting edge of where healthcare should go," said Dana Richardson, manger community service, Paradise Valley Hospital. "Hopefully more local organizations will implement this mindset and adopt a leadership approach to pro-actively take care of their surrounding community."

The community collaboration has been in existence since 1991 and is made up of local law enforcement, educators, the city, hospital staff and many other community based organizations. The goal of Partners for Prevention is to impact the overall health standard of National City and the surrounding communities. To find out more information on Partners for Prevention call 619-472-4607.

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