The Community Engagement strategy is aimed at building, strengthening and supporting substance abuse prevention progams , partnerships, and coalitions through training, technical assistance and seed funding.
What is a Coalition?
A coalition is a group of individuals and groups representing all twelve sectors of the community (see below). This group works collaboratively to design and implement comprehensive, community wide substance abuse prevention strategies. These strategies are intended to change community norms and standards of conduct related to substance abuse within the community. A coalition is not known so much as an individual entity, but the sum of its total membership.
Coalitions are comprised of members from the following sectors: youth, parents, businesses, media, schools, youth serving organizations, law enforcement, religious organizations, civic organizations, health care professionals, governmental agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse, and other groups or individuals, such as senior citizens and persons in recovery. Each sector adds a unique perspective to the work of a coalition and is necessary in order to successfully tackle substance abuse issues.