For Immediate Release: May 22, 2019




Media Contacts:
Ben Truman, Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-951-5153 / 802-863-7281
[email protected]

Jennifer Nachbur, Public Relations Director
UVM Larner College of Medicine
[email protected]

PACE Survey Ends May 31 – Still Time for Teens to Weigh in on Substance Use Policies
More than 1,000 Young Vermonters have participated and received gift card rewards

BURLINGTON – May 31 is the deadline for young Vermonters to participate in a three-part, innovative survey that will help policy makers better understand and improve the impact of programs and communication campaigns on teen substance use beliefs and behaviors.

PACE Vermont, which stands for Policy and Communication Evaluation, is a unique study being conducted in partnership between the Department of Health and the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

The study was launched this past April, with the goal of recruiting 3,000 participants who will each complete three brief online surveys, spread out over a period of six months. More than 1,000 have signed up so far. Youth and young adults can earn at least $50 in online gift rewards for completing all three surveys. All surveys are voluntary. All answers are confidential. Youth under 18 need parent permission to participate.

The surveys ask about:

  • Tobacco, alcohol, and substance use beliefs and behaviors.
  • Awareness of and support for substance-related policies.
  • Exposure to statewide tobacco and substance use prevention efforts.

To join the survey, visit

You can also keep track of the survey’s progress and key findings at:

April News Release: Department of Health and University of Vermont Call on Young Vermonters to Speak Up and Guide Substance Use Policies

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