Program Coordinator, University of New England, Center for Excellence in Health Innovation
Rebecca (Becky) Ireland has been working in the field of substance use prevention for over 20 years, serving in roles at the community, state, and regional levels. She has worked extensively with colleges and universities, law enforcement, and community coalitions to educate youth, adults, and community systems stakeholders with the aim of preventing and intervening early in the illegal or high-risk use of alcohol. Becky specializes applying public health and health education research and best-practices to assessing needs, building capacity, and advocating for systems changes that will foster deeper and longer-term impact than individual organizations could yield working in isolation. Rebecca has conducted in-state, regional, and national trainings around preventing alcohol and other drug misuse at the request of national substance use prevention training and technical assistance providers such as the U.S Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-funded Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), the U.S. Department of Education-funded Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug and Violence Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Justice-funded Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center. Currently, she works for the University of New England as a Program Coordinator for Maine Substance Use Prevention Services which is funded by the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to manage substance use prevention services statewide. Becky enjoys spending time recreating in the beautiful outdoors of Maine with her husband, daughter, and dogs.