Oak Valley Health partners with the P.A.R.T.Y. program to help Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth. This program provides a full day of learning for students, with a focus on getting students to Stop, Think, and Act Responsibly – this is our STAR model.

Goals of the P.A.R.T.Y. Program

The goal of the P.A.R.T.Y. Program is to provide youth with information about injury prevention to help them recognize potential high-risk situations, make prevention-oriented choices and adopt behaviours that minimize unnecessary risk. This information is provided by Oak Valley Health staff and physicians, the Ontario Provincial Police, and York Region Paramedic Services. The P.A.R.T.Y. Program includes survivor stories from guest speakers.

This program is a vital component of the growing community effort to reduce injuries resulting from risk-related incidents that involve alcohol and drugs. Oak Valley Health has been hosting this program since 2013 for approximately 300 students annually from York and Durham Region high schools. There are over 100 P.A.R.T.Y. Programs around the world, and the numbers keep growing.

The team lead and site coordinator for the P.A.R.T.Y. program is Amanda McKissock. For more information about the program, send an email to markhamparty@oakvalleyhealth.ca.