About Somerville Prevention Services

Somerville Prevention Services is committed to leading efforts around the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug abuse in the City of Somerville.

Under Somerville Prevention Services falls Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) and the Six-City Tobacco Initiative. SCAP is a community-based coalition that works to reduce underage substance abuse and the associated harms by increasing public knowledge and mobilizing the community. The Six-City Tobacco Initiative monitors regulations pertaining to smoking and tobacco/nicotine, based in Somerville, but also covering the cities/towns of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, & Winthrop.

Somerville Prevention Services also works with local stakeholders, including the Somerville Public Schools & the Somerville Police Department, to develop and administer the Student Health Survey (YRBS) for Middle School students (grades 6-8) and High School Students (grades 9-12) on alternating years.

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  • Resources

  • Summer 2020 Virtual Presentation Series

  • Problem Gambling Teen Photovoice Project

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The Somerville Board of Health Six City Tobacco Initiative works to change community norms regarding the use of tobacco.

In these unprecedented times, many people may be experiencing struggles. We want you to know that the City of Somerville Prevention Services team is still here to support your substance use prevention needs! We are offering a free prevention series on various topics throughout the summer. Sessions will be held Thursdays on Zoom starting at 6 p.m.

Session Schedule

  • July 30: Tobacco/Nicotine
  • August 6: Marijuana
  • August 13: Problem Gambling
  • August 20: Anger Management in Recovery
  • August 27: Alcohol

Join the Session Live

To participate live, click here to join the Zoom meeting shortly before the session begins at 6 p.m.

Watch a Recording

Can’t make it to a live training? That’s okay! Each training is being recorded and uploaded to our new YouTube channel. Watch the recordings anytime here.

Please contact Kira Vaughan at [email protected] or (617) 782-6460 ext. 231.

Calling Somerville teens! Are you interested in photography? Do you want to help make a difference in your community? We'd love for you to participate in the Problem Gambling Photovoice Project!

About the Problem Gambling Photovoice Project 

Somerville Prevention Services, in partnership with Cambridge Health Alliance, seeks up to 12 Somerville teens and their caregivers to participate in a photovoice project to raise awareness about the risks of problem gambling. 

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Division on Problem Gambling, teen participants will attend online workshops to learn about youth gambling and build skills in advocacy, leadership, and photography. Participants will take photos to convey educational messages and present their images at a final virtual showcase for state and local leaders in the fall. 

Stipends will be provided upon completion of the project for both youth (up to $240) and adult caregivers (up to $50). Cameras will be provided for participants. 


This program is open to Somerville teens ages 13 to 17. Selected youth must have written parent/guardian permission to participate. 


  • This program will take place over the course of 8 to 12 weeks. 
  • Most youth meetings will be Tuesdays and Thursdays over Zoom. Adult caregivers will be required to attend two to three online sessions.
  • The program will begin once available slots have been filled. A final schedule and further information will be provided when participants have been confirmed. 

Apply Now

Please complete this brief Google form to apply today! 

If you have any questions, please contact Lovelee Heller at [email protected]