The Healthy Chelsea Coalition serves Chelsea, MA, a community of 35,000 residents. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: Strengthening and expanding the coalition’s collaborations with community partners. Creating and expanding opportunities to implement prevention education and skills training for youth in schools and youth serving organizations to include: awareness on the effects of substance use on the developing teen brain, relevant local YRBS data; teaching stress management/healthy coping; resistance skills, handling peer pressure. Helping to change community norms about teen substance use through a local campaign developed and led by Chelsea youth. Offering youth substance use and youth development trainings to the community, school faculty and local youth-serving organization staff: detecting signs/symptoms of alcohol abuse, local YRBS data; trauma informed care; availability of local resources Reducing youth access to alcohol through alcohol compliance checks, retailer/server trainings, and alcohol license density reviews Promoting the availability of a 24/7 medication drop box in police department; Holding community-wide events for national take back days in conjunction with Chelsea Police Dept and the DEA. Conducting presentations at Senior Center/senior housing buildings on prescription drug abuse; follow up with a take back event at those buildings
The Alachua County Health Promotion and Wellness Coalition, Inc.(HPW) is prepared to engage with the award of SP-17-001 SAMSHA grant. HPW has sufficient infrastructure to manage and implement the grant objectives, strategies and produce measurable outcomes. HPW has broad networking and collaborative agreements to help facilitate the indicated structure of the DFC grant submission and guarantee described outcome measures. It is the purpose of HPW to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local governments to support efforts of HPW to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth 18 years of age or younger. Further, efforts will reduce substance abuse among youth and over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and we will promote the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. HPW will support established effective community level change. HPW currently has cooperative and collaborative sector agreements to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. HPW will conduct the day-today operations of this grant. HPW will work with leaders in this community to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change. HPW will not serve as a conduit for funds to passing through to HPW or to another agency. HPW's narrative describes three major areas of concern within Alachua County. These specific zip code areas have years of data collection and research surrounding and supporting their need for attention and resources directed toward prevention of youth substance use and abuse. These areas were selected from the analysis of data indicating areas of high concentration of youth drug use, youth drug sells, school drop-outs, gang involvement and other related crimes. These three areas also present as under-served and poverty laden. It is with this funding that HPW seeks to focus on community education, enlist participation excite the community, and empower members with alternative outcomes for their youth to become more successful with obtaining their goals in life. HPW's broad base of volunteers serve with passion and determination to personally impact youth in our area and work feverishly to help youth who respond to be resources providing from the award of this grant. HPW believes that within each child lies the potential to be a leader. It is with opportunities provided that will pave the way for their strengths to grow, futures to change, and for us to reinforce their value in society.
The goals of the LifeWorks CAN coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing environmental strategies which are based on evidence that substance abuse is a product of multiple environmental conditions and circumstances. Environmental strategies incorporate prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems, and policies. More specifically, environmental strategies seek to: (1) limit access to substances; (2) change the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made; and/or (3) shift the consequences associated with youth substance use. Examples can be found in the table below. The LifeWorks CAN will achieve the DFC program goals through: - Community organizing and coalition efforts specific to the LGBT community - Advocacy and policy change through the LGBT community - Media outreach with LGBT radio and newspaper outlets - Bi-lingual information dissemination - Community forums and events - Data collection, assessment and needs-based strategic planning for the LGBT community
The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: (1) Build the readiness and resources of the coalition to address youth substance abuse; (2) Utilize Developmental Assets research to reduce youth substance abuse in our youth by increasing assets for all Naugatuck youth; (3) Change consequences through increased enforcement of national, state and local laws; (4) Use local student and community data to implement a social marketing campaign and other environmental strategies to increase community disapproval of youth substance use; (5) Use local media to communicate coalition successes in reducing youth substance youth.
The Coalition For Health Promotion project will implement environmental prevention strategies in order to (1) reduce youth substance use, and (2) establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, community agencies, systems of care, educational institutions, and existing community coalitions as a means of reducing substance use among youth. The focus community is Youngstown, Ohio, which is located in the northeastern part of the State in Mahoning County. Youngstown is the largest urban area in Mahoning County. Specific census tracts targeted are 8019, 8020, 8021, 8022, and 8023, which are located on the South Side of town, encompassing portions of zip codes 44502, 44507, and 44511. Boundaries for this area are Market Street at Woodland Avenue to Indianola Avenue to Glenwood Avenue and back down to Woodland. Multiple risk factors exist within this community which increase the probability of youth substance uses and the manifestation of the six problem adolescent behaviors, such as extreme economic deprivation, low community attachment and community disorganization, family conflict, academic failure, availability of alcohol, and transitions and mobility, along with limited protective factors. The Strategic Prevention Framework and the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change are the methodological processes that will be utilized and are embedded in all program strategies and evaluation processes. The project will specifically focus on utilizing strategies contained in the 12 Month Action Plan to reduce alcohol and marijuana use among youth. Specific interventions utilized seek to change community norms, reduce access to substances, utilize and target the media, and engage in changing public policy. Enhancing the capability of the existing substance use prevention system to provide innovative service, and facilitating coordination of services among those who work closely with youth (prevention agencies, schools, community based agencies, faith based community, etc.) will be key a key component of programming. Strengthening families will also be targeted through strategies contained in the 12 Month Action Plan. Additionally, the project will implement environmental prevention strategies which will facilitate multi agency and systems collaboration, with the intent of enhancing the local substance use prevention system, the efforts of other local coalitions, community based organizations, educational institutions, and social service agencies, so that collectively we can utilize our professional expertise and resources to reduce youth substance use, improve system collaboration, and facilitate sustainability. The impact of this should be a healthier, safer community where youth thrive and do not succumb to substance abuse and other behavioral health disorders.
We are excited about the opportunity the Drug-Free Communities Grant gives us in such an important time in our city’s development. Buckeye is a rapidly growing city, witnessing exponential population growth since 2000 (an increase of 857.3%). The proximity to SR85 and I-10 presents a number of challenges, as these highways are considered drug corridors, connecting Mexico, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The Way out West Coalition (WOW Coalition) has developed an Action Plan around the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change that focuses on three (3) substances; marijuana, alcohol and Rx drug misuse. The negative impact these three substances are having on our youth and community are strongly supported by our data. The coalition membership is committed to our mission, goals, objectives and strategies that are focused on 1) increasing community collaboration and cultural competence, 2) increasing perceived risks, 3) reducing access, 4) increasing parent-child communication and 5) building strong youth through peer leadership activities. Our twelve sector representatives which comprise our Executive Committee bring a whatever it takes attitude and are driven by excellence. Most important is the solid foundation the coalition has in place to support our work. The WOW Coalition is excited for our youth and community about the upcoming year and beyond.
Northpointe Council’s prevention program has taken the lead in establishing the coalition, beginning efforts in 2010, and CHANT was officially launched in June 2014. The four substances that CHANT will be addressing in North Tonawanda are alcohol, tobacco (including e-cigarettes), marijuana, and prescription drugs. This selection was made based on data gathered from focus groups, key informant interviews, Town Hall Meetings, Community Forums, a community health survey, a follow-up to the community health survey, and Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) survey data collected from 8th, 10th, and 12th graders attending North Tonawanda Middle and High Schools. Some of the issues the coalition proposes to address include community norms favoring use, availability of substances, perceived parental disapproval of use, lack of information regarding risk and harm of use, and enforcing policies. CHANT's Mission and Vision Statements are: Mission Statement: Our mission is to reduce substance use among youth by empowering our community as we monitor, assess, and contribute to the revitalization of a safe and healthy North Tonawanda. Vision Statement: Our vision is to work with youth to: Create Awareness Cultivate Prevention and Contribute to Community Wellness The goal for year one is to address these issues by incorporating several strategies for community level change into the action plan. This will be achieved by: providing information at various events (conducting Town Hall Meetings, programs for youth and adults, distributing brochures and information at health fairs, etc.), and enhancing skills (workshops for parents, responsible server trainings, model programs in the elementary schools). At the community level, this will be accomplished by reducing access/enhancing barriers (implementing alcohol compliance checks), changing consequences (mandatory responsible server training for those arrested for making sale) and modifying/changing policies (school/business tobacco policies, mandatory parent seminar at schools). The community survey that was conducted in North Tonawanda from June 2014-November 2014 showed that the highest areas of concerns for community members involve alcohol use, drug use, mental health issues and domestic violence. CHANT leadership and members have formed partnerships with many agencies in order to collaborate with this project, including Planned Parenthood, Catholic Charities, WNY Prevention Resource Center, National Guard, Mobile Safety Net, YWCA of the Tonawandas, North Tonawanda Youth Center, Native American Community Services, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, North Tonawanda Police Department and the North Tonawanda school district.
Dubois County Coalition for Adolescent Resilience and Empowerment Strategies (CARES) is seeking five year funding from SAMHSA for a Drug Free Communities Support Grant (FOA SP-17-001). If funded, this grant will allow us to build capacity within our coalition so we can enact cultural change to lower substance use among youth. Capacity building efforts will include training for coalition Sector Reps, Members, and partner agencies. It will also help us to promote CARES within our county to additional stakeholders so that our coalition continues to grow. Currently, we have 12 Sector Reps, four executive leaders, and 34 additional members, representing over 25 different partner agencies. Our people are from every geographical, cultural, and socio-economic area in our county, including diversity of ages, gender, religion, capabilities, and other differences. Our people are also active in numerous other community organizations which broadens our net of influence. With this grant, we'll be able to host high quality trainings and workshops to build understanding of the problems related to youth substance use and build collaboration to effect change. We seek to change the culture behind youth substance use in our county. Dubois County is primarily a white, German-Catholic community, with a large economic gap between the rich and the poor. All segments of our county have substance use issues. The primary substances used among youth and adults are alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, and opiates. Our German/Catholic culture encourages significant alcohol consumption among all ages and it is common for people to become vocal against law enforcement when anyone is arrested for substance use. The most common comment made is, ""Don't police have anything better to do than arrest for (insert substance here)?"" CARES seeks to change that culture so that parents, youth, and general public understand the effects of substance use among youth, especially alcohol and marijuana. To enact change, if funded, we plan to work with school administrators to change school drug policies so they are enforced and serve as a barrier to substance use. We also plan to work with city officials to adopt ordinances that prohibit alcohol consumption on city property. Currently, there are significant tail-gating parties at sports events in city parking lots adjacent to sports arenas. With signage to post the new ordinances and the social marketing efforts we propose, we hope to curtail public intoxication and educate people about the signal of acceptance they send when drinking in front of youth. Obviously, we'll need significant dollars to educate the public, parents, and youth about the dangers of substance use. Funds will be used for posters, signs, trainings, and annual meeting (open to the public) to help get our message understood and embraced. We'll also need funding to promote our activities and to conduct a social media campaign of ""Talk, They Hear You"". Grant funds will also be used to obtain and analyze data from a wide variety of sources, including the youth themselves, parents, and general public. We plan to hire a consulting firm to conduct the evaluation of our efforts to assure program fiduciary. We also intend to use funds to disseminate information about our progress, upcoming events, and further solicit community involvement. Information will be disseminated through a wide range of efforts, including presentations to various audiences by our Sector Reps, an annual meeting open to the public, quarterly newsletters, ongoing social media posts, press releases, and a written annual report. Coordination of all of the above will be key to assuring our success. CARES has chosen TRI-CAP to be the fiscal agent for our grant. TRI-CAP has been a community action agency for over 50 years, managing nearly $5000,000 annually in federal, state, and local grants.
The Upriver Youth Leadership Coalition will utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework to strengthen community collaboration and infrastructure around youth alcohol and marijuana use in Kamiah, Idaho. Kamiah is a small frontier town located in central Idaho with a population of about 4500 within the 83536 zip code. Kamiah is located in two counties (Idaho and Lewis) and is on the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation. The mission of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council is to empower youth and adults to build a heathier community through prevention leadership. The three primary goals of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council are to: 1. Foster leadership and resilience skills in our community youth. 2. Prevent the initiation of youth substance use. 3. Build a collaborative, sustainable community-wide prevention infrastructure. Partners include: healthcare, law enforcement, school, media, churches, government entities, Nez Perce Tribe, youth serving organizations, business owners, civic organizations, youth and parents UYLC uses the Strategic Prevention Framework to address substance abuse issues in our community. The issues UYLC are specifically addressing with the 2017 DFC application are: Youth Alcohol Use: Grades 6-12 past year use rates for alcohol (28.5%); past 30 day use rates (16.1%) How? --Reduce access to alcohol; increase perception of harm of underage drinking. Youth Marijuana Use: Grades 6-12 past year use rates for marijuana (17.3%); past 30 day use rates (8.6%) How? --Reduce access to marijuana; increase perception of harm of using marijuana. UYLC will utilize the seven strategies for environmental change in the comprehensive 12-month action plan. UYLC has a data driven evaluation plan to evaluate the effectiveness of meeting the objectives in the 12 month action plan that address the local conditions.
The Cincinnati for HOPE (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Efforts) Coalition, the applicant coalition
The ACTION (Active Coalition That Influences Outcomes in This Neighborhood) Drug Free Community Coalition serves youth and families in the City of Detroit's 48219 zip code, an urban community in Detroit MI with a population of 48,759. The goals of the ACTION Coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth from abusing marijuana and alcohol. The Coalition will achieve its goals by implementing strategies that provide information and protective factors,such as the “Because I Care” story telling campaign and Media Aware, KIDS TV where youth create drug prevention messaging. These strategies will provide support, reduce barriers and enhance skills needed to strengthen the coalition and reduce youth substance abuse. The ACTION Coalition's efforts have helped define the drug problem and build increased awareness of its root causes. ACTION now provides a common coalition table to discuss the issues, make specific recommendations and carry out an action plan. The diverse ACTION Coalition has created a 12 month action plan to tackle youth drug use in the community. The ACTION Coalition includes representation from all of the 12 required sectors. Sector representatives were selected due to their expertise, commitment to the community and willingness to identify needs and participate in ongoing planning and evaluation. CLASS (Changing Lives and Staying Sober) serves the ACTION Coalition's Fiscal Agent. CLASS is a 501(c)(3)with significant experience as a fiduciary agent. CLASS has Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) prevention accreditation, technical expertise in drug abuse prevention and long-standing, close relationships within the 48219 community.
The Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse, Inc. (CCAPSA) has been engaged in prevention work since our founding in 1999. We have effected change across Cobb County by using the Strategic Prevention Framework to engage stakeholders, and the proposed Kickoff Kennesaw program supported by the Drug Free Community Grant will continue the use of this model and this prevention work. The City of Kennesaw is one of the incorporated municipalities within Cobb County, a county that is part of the metropolitan Atlanta region in north Georgia. Kennesaw has nearly 32,000 residents and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the metro Atlanta area. The community is relatively youthful with 71% of the population under the age of 44 and racially diverse with white citizens comprising 59% of population, 22% as black, 11% Hispanic/Latino, 5% Asian, 3.0% Non-Hispanic mixed of two or more races and 4.7% from another race (U.S. Census). The two primary goals of our work will be to 1) increase community collaboration by capacity building within the community; and 2) reduce youth substance abuse related specifically to alcohol and prescription drugs. Within these two goals are a number of strategies that will attract new members who are reflective of the community we are serving while also reinvigorating established members. Our project will be an opportunity to engage stakeholders in a conversation where we agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. Our objective under the first goal will be to increase community collaboration by recruiting ten new members to our 4 strategy teams (Education, Policy, Enforcement and Youth and solidifying our Kennesaw Coalition partners. For our second goal of reducing youth substance abuse, we will reduce the percentage of Kennesaw high schoolers who reported 30-day use of alcohol by 1.4%, (from 13.4% to 12%.) Likewise, we will work to reduce 30-day non-medical use of prescription drugs by 3% (from 18% to 15%). The results will be tracked using the Georgia Student Health Survey, an annual self-reporting assessment tool. There is a comprehensive plan to change the landscape of the Kennesaw community by (1) limiting access to substances; 2) changing the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made; and/or (3) shifting the consequences associated with youth substance use. Key activities behind this comprehensive plan include receiving and conducting training, conducting focus groups and Town Hall meetings, surveying stakeholders, establishing action teams, implement Positive Social Norm campaigns, compliance checks. Additional activities in support of reducing the availability of prescription drug are increasing the number and coverage for takeback days, secure storage in the home, safe disposal and youth-inspired messaging and social media campaigns. We are excited about Kickoff Kennesaw as part of a Drug Free Community that will address youth substance issues. Further, we are confident that with the action plan in place, our work will also be successful in reducing substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in Kennesaw that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse