Chambersburg Cares will be continue bringing together key area stakeholders to address substance use and abuse issues among youth. Chambersburg Cares will use results of their recent Data Assessment and Resource Assessment to strategically plan and offer a variety of environmental strategies aimed at altering attitudes towards substance use among both parents and youth. The primary substances targeted will be alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. Chambersburg Cares will offer parent education nights at schools and supplement the work of the coalition members by providing support and guidance on youth activities. Chambersburg Cares will continue working with its Youth Advisory Board, formed by students at the two Chambersburg high schools, to address access and youth and parental attitudes and norms surrounding substance use by youth. Chambersburg Cares will utilize public education campaigns to education area residents on underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and the availability of tobacco to minors.
The Safe Harbor Cohasset Coaltion was established in May, 2014. Its mission is to provide substance use prevention education to students, parents and the community at large. We are looking to make the largest impact through environmental and policy changes (outlined in our strategic action plan). The Coalition serves Cohasset, Massachusetts, a community of 8065 people. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance abuse. The strategies we have chosen seek to promote wide and deep involvement throughout town by building a strong and varied coalition whose members and programs measurably decrease the prevalence, frequency, and attitudes regarding the use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug usage. We will call on our 12 community sector members in an ongoing and appropriate manner to assist in using the following seven strategies put forth by the DFC. 1. Regularly provide and review evidenced based programs to schools, parents, students, religious groups, businesses, law enforcement and others. 2. Enhance skill sets of coalition members and community sector representatives to insure a cogent and informed prevention message is delivered. Develop skills to build coalition capacity and increase inclusion. 3. Encourage community support by creating activities for youth and families within the town. Other than athletics, our small town currently does not provide many youth outlets for entertainment after school and on weekends. The following activities are in the works: Teen Coffee House, Saturday Night Zumba and Friday Night Movies at the Beach. 4. New barriers will be established to discourage drug, alcohol, and tobacco usage. Age restrictions on tobacco products, sober driving stops, Sticker Shock Programs, enhanced police patrols of gathering places and others will be initiated. 5. Consequences for students will be changed to highlight policies and recognize youth for achievement and example; to include both incentive and disincentive. The Community Heroes Award is will recognize the positive efforts of students and community members. 6. Policies in town will be modified to reflect new attitudes on alcohol, drug and tobacco use. The coalition has advocated for a limit the sale of E-cigarettes and tobacco products by increasing increase the minimum age to 21. Additional alcohol and marijuana monitoring will be instituted at recreational and sporting events. 7. Change physical settings as able; which will foster decreased use and activity/availability of target substances.
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.
Decatur Township Drug-Free coalition will work to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth in the community by providing proactive education and sustainable strategies through mobilization of community resources.
The South Mountain WORKS Coalition’s targeted region is the South Mountain community in the larger Phoenix metropolitan area of the state of Arizona. The Coalition will work towards reducing youth substance use by increasing community collaboration; increasing youth, parent, and community member perception of the risks of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs; reducing youth access to alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs; and increasing parent-child communication surrounding the dangers of youth substance use. These goals will be addressed by providing information and enhancing skills on the risks of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs through research and/or evidence-based education curriculums targeting youth, parent and community members; capacity building strategies for meaningful recruitment and engagement of coalition members and sectors; traditional and social media strategies to increase the perception of risk and reduce youth access; environmental strategies to provide information, change physical design and reduce youth access and perception of risk; policy change and advocacy efforts on the consequences of youth access to alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. These strategies will be data driven through survey collection from youth, parents, adults, and community members on the risk, perception, access, and use of youth substances.
Webster County represents a constituency which is typical in nature to many rural, primarily agricultural, communities with the exceptions of its high poverty rate (70% overall above 200% poverty index), high drug related incidences by youth(as reported by the 2016 KIP Student Survey for 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders)and community members (as reported by law enforcement statistics and community member interviews,a 17% increase in the Hispanic demographic over the past seven years, and limited drug prevention programs or resources within the community at large. Webster County would be a first-time recipient of a Drug Free Communities Grant. With the growing needs as identified above, the Webster County communities would utilize these funds to create new and innovative approaches to substance abuse prevention. Students and community members have identified alcohol, tobacco and marijuana as the ""drugs of choice"" and the most prevalent abused substances in the community. The Webster County Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Coalition (WC KY-ASAP) in collaboration with the Webster County Board of Education have outlined a detailed 12 month Action Plan to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth and community substance abuse. The plan includes the creation of the Webster County ""True Blue"" Crew which will include representation from all twelve community sectors. The ""True Blue"" Crew will be committed to working together to promote a drug free Webster County. The Coalition's ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community Action Plan proposal will achieve its goals by implementing the following strategies: *Provide Information: The Coalition will utilize a newly created ""True Blue"" website, county proclamations, town hall meetings, brochures and other media outlets to promote the Coalition and the Webster County ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community mission. *Enhance Skills: The Coalition will provide training workshops and activities designed to increase the skills of community members, students and staff through Character Counts and Life Skills Curriculum as well as ATOD training. *Provide Support: The Coalition will create opportunities for participation in activities such as Fifth Quarter, Truth and Consequences, Supt2Kids Advisory Councils, teen leadership conferences, and town hall meetings and forums. *Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers: The Coalition will provide opportunities for all residents to participate in ""True Blue"" activities by hosting events in all four major townships in the county. *Change Consequences: The Coalition will support law enforcement's efforts to curb substance abuse by providing incentives to law enforcement to reward positive student and community member behaviors. *Change Physical Design: The Coalition will collaborate with Webster County Schools to provide a ""True Blue"" School/Community Resource Liaison on the middle and high school campus. *Modify/Change Policies: The Coalition will advocate for a ""smoke free"" Webster County and reward local businesses for adopting smoke-free policies. Additionally, the Coalition's ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community Action Plan will address risk and protective factors through the utilization of a community-wide ""Character Counts"" campaign. The ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community will establish a new and creative approach toward drug prevention that will positively change the Webster County community behavior and environment.
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.
In 2015, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams initiated a study to select a community within Salt Lake County that would benefit the most from a place-based initiative. Kearns Township was selected and The Future We Choose in Kearns, a collective impact placed-based initiative, was created. As part of this effort, the Evidence2Success (E2S) Kearns Community Coalition was formed in March 2016, bringing together key leaders, community members, and systems partners to to create community change for youth and families. Using Utah’s Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) survey, the Coalition identified alcohol and tobacco, particularly e-cigarettes, as priority substances to address. Usage of alcohol and e-cigarettes is higher for youth in Kearns than the average usage for youth throughout Utah. Kearns elementary and junior high lifetime alcohol consumption rates were more than double the state average in 2015 and e-cigarette use is trending upwards at alarming rates. It is the high substance use rates, combined with additional risk factors, that demonstrate the need for additional resources such as this Drug Free Communities Support grant to both reduce and prevent youth alcohol and e-cigarette use in Kearns. While Kearns youth are both at higher risk and have higher use rates for alcohol and e-cigarette use than others throughout Utah, Kearns boasts many strengths that uniquely prepare the community to experience significant impact with the resources offered through the Drug Free Communities Support grant. Strengths include the fact that in Kearns, opportunities for prosocial behavior is high, rewards for prosocial involvement is high, parental attitude favorable to drug use is low, and interaction with antisocial peers is trending down. Building off of these strengths and the work that the Coalition has already engaged in, this grant will further their efforts and help E2S achieve the goals of 1) increasing community collaboration, and 2) reducing youth substance abuse in Kearns.
The Hogar CREA Drug-Free Community Coalition is applying for a federal FY 2017-18 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 available through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Population to be Served: The Hogar CREA Drug-Free Community Coalition serves two contiguous counties, Trujillo Alto and Carolina, in the greater San Juan metropolitan of Puerto Rico. The combined population of these two counties is 206,269 with 16.2% (33,416) age 6-17 years. The Coalition serves the area's 14,831 10-17 year olds (7% of the population). 99% of the population is Hispanic and Spanish is the official and prevalent language. The zip codes targeted are: 00976, 00987, 00985, and 00984. Children and families are deeply impacted by the decade long economic crises in Puerto Rico. An average of 28.2% of the population live in poverty and the unemployment rate is 12%. The island's infrastructure has been depleted and weakened over the past decade and there has been a significant loss of population (-10% in San Juan). Amongst those leaving are professionals who have fled poor economic conditions to seek opportunities especially on the US mainland. The out-migration has broken up families and further undercut capacity to raise drug-free healthy children. Additionally, the island serves as a port for the drug-trade and many area youth are now being swept up into gangs and drug-trafficking. Alcohol is the number one substance of use by PR youth. 46.7% of CREA 12th graders report 30-day past use 23.7% of CREA 12 graders report past 30-day use. This urban area is high-risk for youth substance use and abuse. Strategies and Activities: Coalition goals are to 1. increase community collaboration, and, 2. to reduce youth substance use. The coalition is focusing on alcohol and marijuana as the gateway drugs to deeper drug-use and negative behaviors. The coalition will achieve this by implementing these strategies: reducing retail and social access to alcohol and marijuana, changing social norms and beliefs accepting of substance use, conducting media counter-messaging, and influencing laws and policies. Special activities include: environmental compliance and education scans with local alcohol retail vendors; promoting a community norm of zero tolerance for sale of alcohol to minors; activities aimed at youth and parents to raise prevention awareness of the risk of harm of alcohol and marijuana; family prevention awareness activities; youth pro-social engagement activities; counter-messaging activities to promote prevention; promoting the SBIRT evidence based practice to screen adolescents for drug use; and, promoting ""safe havens"" for youth as positive alternatives for youth during high-risk times when they are out of school. The program will build on the strengths of Puerto Rican culture with its emphasis on family and faith. Coordination with State/Local Health Agencies: The Coalition will coordinate with all appropriate state and local health agencies as well as a network of health and behavioral health providers to implement various activities and promote change strategies including advocating use of SBIRT screening protocols; and addressing health/mental health issues associated with substance use findings. The Coalition is sponsored by a premier Puerto Rican drug treatment provider, Hogar CREA, Inc., that has provided the Coalition with tremendous good will and access in working with the provider and government entities that are key to success including representatives of state agencies located in the San Juan metro area. Several health community leaders are on the Coalition board including the President of Health Medical,Corp. and a representative from the Municipal Government Trujillo Alto Office of Drug Prevention.
The Vigo County Local Coordinating Council's current role as an information facilitator will continue with the expectation of an increased mandate for community prevention programming and activities. Additional objectives will be identified that will improve the ability of individuals in need of services, with transportation or other access issues, to obtain the services they need. The objectives will identify and address problems and issues relating to cultural differences existing within the community, address conditions that allow for easy and opportunistic access to drugs and alcohol by youth, and also address consequences involved with the issue of availability. The LCC will increase community awareness activities that will encompass alcohol and prescription drug abuse/use by youth. Through the use of a action plan, the LCC will work with area organizations, Indiana State University, local police departments, media outlets, and the Vigo County School Corporation to develop a comprehensive problem oriented plan that addresses youth substance use. These actions include, but are not limited to, utilizing evidenced base programming, further development of youth councils, develop a media campaign, implementing the seven strategies for community level change, and creating an evaluation format to identify successes or needed changes within the plan. Finally, the Vigo County LCC Marketing Plan will be utilized for the purposes of educating our community, engaging members of the community to action, changing perceptions, promoting our unique goals, and setting the venues and avenues for feedback to track and measure the results of our 12-Month Action Plan yearly. The results will be used to solidify or modify current goals for greater effectiveness and more accurate reporting for stakeholders within the parameters set by the 12-Month Action Plan.
Having worked together for the past five years to promote positive youth development, the Youth Empowerment and Health! (YEAH!) Community Coalition is aware that numerous risk factors and a lack of protective factors have adversely impacted our community. Issues such as rising socioeconomic challenges, geography and weather, have contributed negatively to the financial security and overall well-being of families living in the isolated communities comprising Lewis County, NY (population 26,957). The losses of industry and employment opportunities, and increasing school and property taxes have stretched families to their limits. Compounding matters, during the winter months, lake effect snowfall often closes schools leaving youth unsupervised at home or entire households snowbound for days. Such elements have contributed to excessive alcohol use and growing substance abuse and addiction among our population. Exposure to such dubious environments affects our children and youth. Accessing available local data, the coalition used the DFC Community Support Program application planning process to develop a responsive and comprehensive action plan. The group examined local conditions and available resources to identify priorities, objectives and corresponding strategies. The result is a design proposed to reduce access and enhance barriers to prevent youth alcohol and substance use, and ultimately, foster safe, healthy, and drug-free communities throughout Lewis County. Mountain View Prevention Services, Inc. and the YEAH! Community Coalition plan to serve 2,177 students in grades 6-12 and their families. The coalition will work to develop environmental strategies that incorporate measures to effect population-level change. Members and their community partners will focus on two goals to promote long-term positive outcomes: 1) increase community collaboration by strengthening and increasing coalition capacity for partnerships with local organizations; and 2) reduce youth substance use - alcohol and prescription drugs. Guided by the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the YEAH! Coalition will seek to effect community-level change by partnering with leaders representing schools, local government, law enforcement, media, and others from among the required 12 community sectors. Coalition and community members will be trained in the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change, SPF, and the proposed DFC project goals and objectives. In summary, YEAH! Coalition members and local leaders will work to strengthen collaborative efforts and build capacity to create sustainable community-level change, and empower youth to make healthy lifestyle decisions.
Drug-Free Communities Support Program Application Community Overview Guilford County is located in the state of North Carolina. It is a 658 square mile area located in the north central part of the state. With a diverse population of 512,119 (US Census Bureau, 2014), Guilford County is the 3rd largest county in the state. Guilford County is comprised of two major urban areas, Greensboro and High Point. Greensboro with a population of 282,586 accounts for the majority of residents that live within the county (55%) followed by High Point with a population of 108,629 accounting for approximately 21% of the county’s residents. The county’s population consists of 58% Caucasian, 34% African-American, 8% Hispanic/Latino and 5% Asian. Guilford County experienced a 16% increase in its population between 2000 and 2010 with the largest population group occurring among the Hispanic/Latino community. Guilford County, once an industrial-based center, has been faced with difficult economic challenges over the last several years with the decline/closing of its major industries, textile, and furniture manufacturing. Individuals and families in Guilford County are still dealing with the impact of the economic recession. As of December 2015, 5.3% of residents are unemployed and 17.3% live below the poverty level with 25% of those younger than 18 years old living in poverty. It is interesting to note that since 1938, an additional county court has been located in High Point, making Guilford County one of only a handful of counties nationwide with a dual court system. Guilford County consists of 11 municipalities and 15 townships. In addition to the two major urban areas (Greensboro and High Point), the county includes the following suburban and rural communities: Browns Summit, Gibsonville, Jamestown, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Garden, Sedalia, Stokesdale, Summerfield, and Whitsett. Guilford County has one public school district that has 127 schools and serves over 72,000 students. The county also has 35 private schools and 8 charter schools. Noteworthy is the American Hebrew Academy which is the nation’s first and only pluralistic Jewish Boarding School. The higher education community consists of 8 major colleges and universities as well as several satellite campuses. There are 4 law enforcement agencies: High Point Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, Gibsonville Police Department and the county Sheriff’s Office. The county has several private and public health entities including but not limited to: Guilford County Department of Public Health, Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, Cone Health System, and High Point Regional Health System (UNC Healthcare). There are several “communities within the community”. Guilford County is a refugee resettlement area that hosts thousands of refugees from Asia, Africa and South and Central America. In addition, the county has one of three Urban Survivors Unions within the United States. Also known as “user unions”; this “union” of active users engages in grassroots harm reduction efforts. This reflects the community’s longstanding reputation as the heroin capital of the southeast (particularly High Point).