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Community Coalition Prevention Models

Community coalitions have the potential to prevent and reduce substance abuse 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 misuse 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 abuse, and supporting schools and other organizations in addressing substance abuse.

Resources to Learn More

Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) Online Training Portal
A collection of online trainings providing information on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective substance abuse prevention efforts.
Organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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 abuse among youth.
Organization: Office of National Drug Control Policy