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Community Coalition Prevention Models

Community coalitions have the potential to prevent substance use disorders in communities. Coalitions can strengthen collaboration between public and private organizations in communities, address factors in the community that increase the risk of substance misuse, and support interventions that promote environmental strategies to address substance use disorders in the community.

Examples of Community Coalition-based Prevention Models

Considerations for Implementation

Community coalition prevention models may focus on developing new policies, changing social norms and beliefs in the community about substance use disorders, and supporting schools and other organizations in addressing substance use disorders.

Resources to Learn More

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
Resources for starting a new community coalition or finding an existing local coalition, including a handbook for community anti-drug coalitions and strategies for coalition building.
Organization: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

The Community Tool Box
Chapter five of the Community Tool Box provide resources on starting and maintaining a coalition including checklists and sample agendas.
Organization: Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas

Drug-Free Communities Support Program
A federal grant program that funds and supports community-based coalitions whose goal is to prevent substance use among youth.
Organization: Office of National Drug Control Policy