The Cincinnati for HOPE (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Efforts) Coalition, the applicant coalition
Project Abstract Summary The youth substance abuse problems Community in Crisis intends to address are prescription opioids and heroin. The explosion of heroin overdoses represents an urgent and deadly problem. We know the gateway to heroin addiction is often prescription pain medications. This epidemic has not been addressed in a comprehensive way, and there is mandate in the community to bring together resources to address the issue. One path to heroin use begins with experimentation with prescription painkillers. It begins in later high school (12th grade: 4% ever used), but attitudes of acceptance begin forming earlier, underscoring the importance of beginning opioid education at a much earlier age. Data shows 6th graders have a lower perception of risk than 12th graders. We will implement awareness and education programs in both middle schools and high schools to reach students, parents, school staff and coaches. We will recommend that schools begin teaching about opioid risks and general respect for medications in elementary school. We will also look to youth sports organizations and scouts to help deliver this message. We will educate parents about signs and symptoms and addiction as a disease to reduce the stigma and encourage early intervention. Heroin use is occurring as early as 8th grade. This suggests the beginnings of a shift where heroin experimentation is no longer outside the boundaries of acceptability. The low cost relative to prescription opioids and the easy access also explain this possible shift. The high risk of death underscores the need to prevent even one child from using. With the recent warnings from the DMI Report about the arrival in NJ of fentanyl and the deadly carfentanyl, 1000 times stronger than heroin, the risks are greatly heightened. Our prevention efforts will include powerful ways to deliver the message of the deadly risk of heroin experimentation beginning in middle school. We will address the ease of access to opioids by promoting and facilitating proper safeguarding and disposal procedures via public outreach and through community organizations, in collaboration with law enforcement. We will work to educate prescribers about the risks and new CDC guidelines and encouraging parents to be active participants in the decision. For those struggling with opioid substance use disorder, we will make sure there is easy access to information on resources, treatment options and Narcan via our website and printed materials. It is extremely difficult to reach post-high school youth with prevention efforts. It is therefore critical to get the message to teens while they are a captive, in-school audience and still under the direct supervision of parents. Our Action Plan will focus on both high school and middle school, with introduction to the opioid issue to younger children. Parents, coaches and prescribers will also be targeted with the prevention message.
Stoughton Wellness Coalition will work to reduce youth substance use by implementing the following goals. DFC Goal One: Increase community collaboration Objective 1: Increase the capacity of the Stoughton Wellness Coalition by recruiting 3 additional members at large and 1 additional Youth representative by September 29, 2018, as measured by the membership list. DFC Goal Two: Reduce youth substance use Objective 1: Reduce 30-day alcohol use by 3% by September 29, 2018 in youth ages 12-18 as measured by YRBS data. Objective 2: Reduce 30-Day use of prescription drugs by 2% by September 29, 2018 in youth ages 12-18 as measured by YRBS data.
YSUP! Rowan, a community coalition, will use DFC funding to support its efforts to prevent and reduce adolescent substance use. We will do this through the implementation of the 7 Strategies for Environmental Change model to reach Rowan County, North Carolina citizens at the individual, family and community levels. Our efforts will target young people, parents and caregivers, schools, law enforcement, healthcare providers and youth-serving agencies. YSUP! Rowan will use a collaborative approach to leverage our resources in order to make a significant difference in the life of our community.
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 proposed project, ""The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program"", would enable the implementation of strategies to build and strengthen the capacity of the Madison Chatham Coalition (MCC), increase the understanding of the risks of underage drinking and marijuana use; reduce the ease of access to these substances; and increase the perception of parental disapproval of the use of these substances within the communities served by the Coalition, specifically in the age group of 12-17 year olds. It directly meets the DFC Support Program goal ""to prevent and reduce substance use and abuse among youth ages 12-17 in communities throughout the United States."" The communities served by the MCC have a high degree of community readiness and are eager to further develop their leadership capacity around the issue of underage drinking and use of marijuana. The proposed activities will serve three towns in Morris County, New Jersey (Madison Borough, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township). The total population is 35,759, including 9,800 young people under the age of 18. The goal of the proposed project is to reduce the use of alcohol and marijuana by youth ages 12-17 in the targeted communities. Six objectives are necessary to achieve this goal: Establish and strengthen community collaboration: 1. By September 29, 2018, increase Coalition membership by six youth members between the ages of 12-17 and three Coalition members as measured by signed Coalition Involvement Agreements. 2. By September 29, 2018, increase internal capacity by 3% in the number of members who report that they are knowledgeable and prepared to complete the MCC work as measured by the annual Coalition survey. Reduce youth substance use 3. By September 29, 2018, increase the perception of risk of marijuana use by 2% from the data reported in the MCC survey, December 2016. 4. By September 29, 2018, decrease perception of ease of access to marijuana by 2% in youth ages 12-17 from the data reported in the MCC survey, December 2016. 5. By September 29, 2018, increase student self reported perception of parental disapproval of drinking alcohol by 2% as measured by the MCC survey, December 2016. 6. By September 29, 2018, decrease student self perception of ease of access to alcohol by 2% as measured by the MCC survey, December 2016. Proposed activities include training and technical assistance for members to build community capacity about the Strategic Prevention Framework and underage drinking and marijuana research; social and traditional media awareness campaign regarding the consequences of underage drinking and marijuana use/vaping; implement campaigns such as the ""No One's House"" campaign to reduce the number of parents in the community who allow youth to drink in their homes; recruit youth to be a part of the Youth Subcommittee; participation in the planning and implementation of Task Force activities; ongoing monitoring of root causes and local conditions to most effectively address the identified problems; maintain relationships with Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, Partnership for Drug Free Kids, New Jersey Prevention Network, The Rutgers School of Addiction Studies and Epiphany Evaluation Services and establish and expand our media footprint on Facebook and community websites to increase education and awareness of health and legal liability risks of underage drinking and use of marijuana.
The Love Detroit Prevention Coalition has a simple goal as part of our Drug Free Communities grant efforts – to reduce substance abuse amongst youth in our targeted zip codes. Our needs assessment data clearly indicate the top contenders for attention in our targeted zip codes are marijuana, alcohol and the non-medical use of prescription drugs. Based on data from our coalition member substance abuse prevention efforts, it appears that marijuana and alcohol past 30 day use increases with youth ages 14 and 15. Therefore, our goal is to target middle and high school students 12 -20 years of age in our identified zip codes as well as freshman college students attending local community colleges and Wayne State University with our anti-alcohol messages. The concerns and problems our coalition see with marijuana include educating our youth and parents and helping them to understand that any use (including medicinal) of marijuana has serious consequences – including hurting their chances of employment. The youth in the communities we serve are bombarded by hundreds of signs and medical marijuana dispensaries as the walk to and from school and other places. Adjusting their attitudes to focus their attention on the dangers associated with its indiscriminate medical use and alerting them to how its use can impact their education, employment and ability to maintain employment is a serious undertaking. We plan to utilize the most effective champions who can articulate the issues and utilize social media and word of mouth to help move the needle on marijuana use prevention – our youth. We plan to train our youth to take the lead in their schools and in the community to effectively address the concerns and personally represent the issues to the city council, law enforcement, school administrators, parents, and peers. Additionally, our Coalition is working to increase the protective factors available to our youth and parents to help strengthen our families and communities so they can help us address alcohol, marijuana and the non-medical use of prescription drugs. Training our members to provide Strengthening Families sessions and substance use screenings and referrals for youth will contribute to the protective factors to garner a substance free lifestyle. Increasing awareness and dangers of unused prescription medications requires us to provide information to our communities regarding the proper disposal of unused drugs. Through our partnerships with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, the DEA and local law enforcement we hope to provide an avenue to advocate for placement of prescription drug take-back boxes in our local police precincts. Our Coalition still plans to keep the adults busy by continuing to work with our Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse key leader round table members to address this concern with our local hospitals, pharmacists, and medical schools. Our pharmacy work group has facilitated trainings and some even implemented procedures to address diversion and over-prescribing. They have asked for and received referral cards they can provide to their patients regarding substance use. The Great Lakes Water Authority is currently working with us to increase awareness of proper disposal of unused medication by placing information in the water bills. It is imperative that we build a strong youth led campaign to spread the word through the mediums they access, utilize and understand. We will continue to work with our Generation Rx pharmacy students to conduct peer to peer focus groups and peer education trainings in an innovative and creative way to help generate the momentum we need to keep our messages in the forefront among high school and college students. It is in these strategies that we hope to reduce and ultimately prevent youth use of alcohol, marijuana and non-medical prescription drugs use in zip codes 48203, 48205, and 48234.
The Ray County Coalition serves Ray County in MO, a community of approximately 23,000. The goals of the coalition through this grant to reduce youth use of alcohol and other drugs and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals of reducing youth use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana by implementing these strategies: Coalition development, youth/adult education, social marketing, compliance checks and policy development. WestCare Kentucky, Inc. will serve as the administrative and fiscal agent for this grant until the coalition can establish a local 501 C-3 to provide this administrative function.
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
The Coalition serves the City of Sitka, Alaska, a community of 9,060. 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: the Strategic Prevention Framework and the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change. Specifically, the coalition will initially target youth non-cigarette forms of tobacco use including electronic vapor products, alcohol use with a focus on binge drinking, marijuana use and abuse and eventually prescription drug use and abuse through education, policy development and social norming campaigns. The first year of grant funding will be focused on developing capacity and data gathering and analysis to help understand local substance use and abuse trends, direct coalition efforts, provide a baseline for evaluation purposes and ensure efficient use of funds. Equity and cultural competence will be integrated throughout all prevention efforts.
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.
LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth The LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth serves Hilton Head & Bluffton, South Carolina, a community of 60,000 combined. 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 strategies to reduce access, increase perception of harm and reduce approval of youth alcohol use, marijuana use, and misuse of prescription drugs within our communities. A combination of individual and environmental strategies have been identified, which include but are not limited to: community forums, a social marketing campaign, law enforcement efforts to reduce access, merchant trainings, trainings to increase the skills of organizations within the community sectors, advocating for changes in policies/legislation at the local and state levels, supporting youth driven initiatives.