Cumberland, Rhode Island

Cumberland is a medium sized town in Rhode Island.

It has a population of 34,694 people and six constituent neighborhoods.

Cumberland is the 8th largest community in Rhode Island.

Cumberland is neither predominantly white collar or blue collar -
     It's a mixed workforce of both white and blue collar jobs.
     The racial makeup of the town is 92.8% White, 1.5% African
     American 0.3% Indigenous American, 2.3% Asian, 0.03% Pacific
     Islander, 1.4% from some other race and 1.7% from two or more

According to the 2016 RI Student Survey, 38.6% of Cumberland High School students have tried marijuana.

-   Past 30 day use report 11.4% of middle school youth have reported
     riding in a car driven by someone who was drinking alcohol.
-   Past 30 day use report 2.7% of middle school youth used OTC
     medication for non-medical purposes.

-   Past 30 day use report 1.6% of middle school students report using
     tobacco/nicotine products.

The strategies and activities implemented include community education, information dissemination, media campaigns, Boys and Girls Club after school programs, Cumberland/Lincoln YWCA after school programs, alternative youth activities through the Above the Influence Program, Hidden in Plain Sight, Pick Your No's, monthly newsletter and prom/graduation speakers.

pam shayer, M.Ed., Acps

Director, Cumberland Prevention Coalition
Pam Shayer is the Director of the Cumberland, Lincoln, and North Smithfield Prevention Coalitions. She has worked in the field of prevention for 19 years. Pam holds a BA in Psychology and Communications and a Masters in Education. She is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist Supervisor in the State of RI.  Pam is married to her husband Jeff and they have two boys, Nolan and Ethan. Pam enjoys spending time at her family's summer cottage on Newfound Lake and also taking her golden retriever, Sam on walks.  For more information, please email Pam at

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