The PACE Vision

To create an environment in Elko County where every person is supported by family, peers and the community and where every individual will receive all that he or she needs to become safe, healthy, substance free, educated and a contributing member of the community.

The PACE Mission

To strengthen the character and competencies of Elko County youth and families through the collaborative effort of members from every community sector to reduce substance abuse and to enhance proven protective factors that encourage youth to make healthy choices.

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Free Information Library

PACE Coalition offers an extensive resource of free information targeting alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse, as well as general information about physical and emotional well-being and guides to making healthy choices. PACE is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1645 Sewell Drive, Suite 41, in Elko.

About PACE Coalition

Our motto, “Healthy Communities ... Whatever It Takes,” captures the essence of our coalition’s mission which we fulfill by funding substance use prevention programs, providing special training, and offering educational opportunities about harmful substances, health and wellness, parenting, nutrition, and more.

PACE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation funded primarily by state and federal grants.

To make the most efficient use of our resources, PACE uses surveys and other research tools to assess community needs, identify available resources, evaluate existing attitudes and beliefs, and discover local substance use patterns and trends.

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PACE Coalition Board of Directors

Laura L. Oslund - Director
Larry Robb - Chairman
Shirley Chantrill - Vice Chair
Bob Milligan - Treasurer
Georgene Malloy - Secretary
Kimberly Schmeling - Board Member
Ron Supp - Board Member
Louis Bergeron, MD - Board Member

PACE Coalition and the role of prevention

Prevention as public policy is based on the idea that avoiding problems is less costly than dealing with their consequences. Changing your vehicle’s oil regularly to prevent engine damage and avoid costly future repairs is one example of prevention at work.

Adding engine oilPrevention, as a public health policy, follows the same logic: Preventing threats to individual and community health from becoming major problems is far less costly for all than dealing with the aftermath of social ills that were allowed to fester and spread. Since it saves capital and resources, prevention has gained momentum in recent years as lawmakers scramble to find more effective ways to use taxpayer money.

At PACE Coalition, although we work in the broad field of prevention, we also think of what we do as sustaining healthy communities through education. Our goal is to inform individuals, families and communities about avoiding harm, whether from substance use, poor nutrition, or dangerous practices like texting while driving.

Supporting healthy families and youth with programs like the Summer Activities Fair that make it easier for busy parents to enroll young people in multiple summer activities is another way in which PACE and its community partners work to maintain healthy communities.

Anyone who does things like changing furnace filters, or getting annual flu shots is practicing prevention and can understand how PACE Coalition and prevention work in our communities.