Positive Pressure

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Positive Pressure is a community coalition powered by Buffalo County Community Partners that seeks to create a healthy environment for the Buffalo County community regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Our mission is to aid communities in the coordination and integration of resources, and the use of evidence-based practices to reduce substance abuse.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life in Buffalo County by reducing substance abuse through collaboration, planning, and programming.

What do we do?

Positive Pressure focuses on educating youth, parents, older adults, and the social, business, and government institutions that create policies and influence attitudes and behaviors. By providing resources and education to the community, we hope to improve the quality of life of Buffalo County residents by reducing substance abuse issues in the community.


Alcohol and illicit drug use are associated with child and spousal abuse; sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; teen pregnancy; school failure; motor vehicle crashes; escalation of health care costs; low worker productivity; and homelessness. Alcohol and illicit drug use also can result in substantial disruptions in family, work and personal life causing stress on the family unit. Alcohol abuse alone is associated with motor vehicle crashes, homicides, suicides, and drowning- leading causes of death youth. Long-term heavy drinking can lead to heart disease, cancer, alcohol-related liver disease, and pancreatitis. 

Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases all leading causes of death. Smoking during pregnancy can result in miscarriages, premature delivery, and sudden infant death syndrome. Other health effects of smoking result from injuries and environmental damage caused by fires.


If you have any other questions, or are interested in becoming involved with our coalition, please contact our coalition coordinator: Wanda Fedorchik 308-865-2283 Email

Visit the Positive Pressure website for substance abuse data and resources, community programs and initiatives, support, and more.


Our History

Positive Pressure formed in June 1996, as a grassroots community coalition to address alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Positive Pressure developed in response to the needs of the community to become more informed about, and to address the problems created by methamphetamine use during the mid 1990’s. During the early years, the coalition specifically worked with community members and policy makers to prevent a head shop from selling drug paraphernalia in 1999. Under collaborative efforts primarily between the former Family Resource Council, Buffalo County Community Partners, and Region 3 Prevention staff, the coalition formed as a Partners goal work group. Click here to read more of our history.



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The “Parents, Take A Stand” theme for this website is designed for community and parental interaction. If we can have local parents interact with each other, sharing advice, communicating and solving problems, our kids and our community will be much better because of it. Visit http://teenagersdrinking.org/ to use this resource.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week, a campaign created by the National Family Partnership that aims to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America. This year, Positive Pressure teamed up with Kearney/Holdrege Elks Lodge #984 and players from the University of Nebraska at Kearney women’s basketball team to visit local schools and talk to students about staying drug free. Players from the UNK women’s basketball team spoke during special assemblies, explaining to students why they choose to be drug free and handing out Take a Stand t-shirts to students who volunteered to share their reasons for staying drug free. In addition, members of Elks Lodge #984 distributed informational packets to counselors in each Buffalo County school. The packets contained resources on substance abuse, mentoring, assessing and building on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, and more.

Health Policy Academy

Buffalo County Community Partners is working to develop another public health policy as part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Health Policy Academy. Positive Pressure Coordinator Tana Nelsen is working with a team to develop a position regarding marijuana legalization. Core team members include Heather Easton of Two Rivers Public Health Department, Myra Stoney of Southwest Public Health Department, and Tammy Herskowitz of Southwest Public Health Department. They will also be assisted by members from the Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board and the Northeast Colorado Health Department. The Nebraska Health Policy Academy seeks to strengthen policy development and advocacy for the public’s health through engaging state, local, and tribal health leaders and their key partners in a competency-based training initiative using collaborative leadership and action learning approaches.




Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS)

The Responsible Beverage Server Curriculum currently being offered in Buffalo County is the TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) program. This is a skills based training designed to prevent intoxication, alcohol impaired driving, and underage drinking. This is a four hour training and is approved by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.

Our trainers volunteer their time to train individuals and businesses on the responsible service of alcohol. Our trainers include: Doug Kramer, Ryan Ohri, Linda Neemeyer, and Amy Softley.

TIPS classes are held monthly. The cost of training is $30 per person. For more information or to register for a class, please contact Wanda Fedorchik, Coalition Coordinator, at 308-865-2283 or by email.


TIPS Pricing

Training Participants Unit Price
On-Premise or Off-Premise (inside of Buffalo County) 5 minimum $30
On-Premise or Off Premise (outside of Buffalo County) 5 minimum $35
University Training (discounted) No minimum $14
Non-Profit Organization (discounted) No minimum $25




Other Details: 1. All prices include an amount for shipping and handling and taxes, therefore are subject to change. 2. Invoice is sent to establishment prior to the training. 3. Payment is required 3 days before a class, if trained and not paid, certification cards are held until payment is received. 4. Administrative Assistant should be notified after the training if there needs to be additional payment, a credit, or a refund.

Responsible Beverage Server Coalition Brochure