Coalition Strategies


Center for Community Engagement

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 a variety of sectors in any given community. This group works collaboratively to design and implement comprehensive, community wide substance use/misuse prevention strategies. These strategies are intended to change community norms and standards of conduct related to substance use within the community. A coalition is not known so much as an individual entity, but the sum of its total membership.

Community Sectors
Coalitions are comprised of members from the following sectors: youth, parents, businesses, media, schools, youth serving organizations, law enforcement, substance abuse treatment, religious organizations, civic organizations, health care professionals, governmental agencies with expertise in the field of substance use disorders, 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 use disorder issues.