Prevention in Pictures: Using Prevention Graphic Novels to Facilitate Conversations with Youth (Webinar Recording)

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Prevention in Pictures: Using Prevention Graphic Novels to Facilitate Conversations with Youth
Sarah Johnson, MA, PS-C, and Scott Gagnon, MPP, PS-C

January 10, 2024, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST


Join us to learn about a unique prevention tool: Graphic Medicine. Graphic Medicine are evidence-based ways of accessibly communicating health information. In the Air is a graphic medicine built to foster conversations with and among young people around vaping, choices about substance use, and social factors. This graphic novel-styled story of five teens going through high school incorporates the behavioral science of substance misuse prevention with the stories, interests, and ideas of members of the Tobacco Free Rhode Island Youth Ambassadors. The novel has questions to help guide the discussion, a strong research base, and roots in risk and protective factors. During this session, participants will become familiar with the resource, how to use it to facilitate conversations with young people, and how to use the accompanying facilitator guide. Participants will learn how to request copies and learn about an upcoming resource in the same style that addresses youth problem gambling. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and explore how this and future products can work to support their prevention work.


  • Learn what a graphic medicine is and how you can use this format in prevention efforts with young people.
  • Understand the process of creating a graphic medicine through a prevention lens with cultural responsiveness and youth voice as driving factors.
  • Learn about an upcoming resource being designed with this format specifically to foster conversations around youth gambling prevention.
  • Practice facilitating conversations with the tool.


Scott GagnonScott Gagnon, MPP, PS-C
New England PTTC Director - Associate Executive Director, AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.



Sarah JohnsonSarah Johnson, MA, PS-C
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.





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