Forward Together (previously Healthy Youth Campaign) is an ad campaign for parents, trusted adults, and youth ages 12-17. It’s designed to help young people feel more connected – to peers, parents, and other trusted adults. Research shows that youth who are connected are less likely to smoke, drink, vape, use marijuana, and have feelings of depression.
Historically, Colorado Departments of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Human Services (CDHS) have created separate youth prevention campaigns that are substance-specific. We decided to streamline our youth prevention media campaign efforts and funding sources to create one campaign about connectedness to address multiple health outcomes.
If you have questions about efforts in your community, please contact Sara DeLong, Forward Together Campaign Communications Specialist, CDPHE, Sara.DeLong@state.co.us.