Drug Free Communities Support Grant
Independence County Hometown Wellness Coalition Drug Free Communities Support Program
Liberty Partnership Kino Neighborhoods Council, LPKNC, is a coalition that consists of 12 sectors as prescribed by Drug Free Communities and other members of the community. In every community there are pockets of people who are truly the champions of change where they live. For the families and youth in Tucson, Arizona’s Southside communities—spanning zip codes 85706, 85713, 85714, 85746, and 85756—those champions make up LPKNC. LPKNC will be offering services to adolescents from ages 10 – 24. We also will be working with the families of the adolescents and greater community. LPKNC uses the 7 strategies for community change in order to help reduce substance use/misuse among youth. The strategies are providing information, enhancing skills, providing support, enhancing access/reducing barriers, changing consequences, physical design and modifying/changing policies. The two drugs we will be focusing on through this grant are marijuana and prescription drugs. Some examples of the activities we will be doing are prevention of marijuana and prescription drugs workshops, a youth summit about leadership and prevention of substance use/misuse, capital day and creating prevention messages for youth that will be shared through social media platforms.
Reducing Youth Use of Alcohol and Marijuana in Southern Navajo County is a multi-strategy project of the Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention (NCDP). Utilizing DFC funding, the coalition will serve an area of over 5,000 square miles of rural, remote Navajo County, located in northeastern Arizona. The overall county population is 43% American Indian, 42% White, 11% Latino with the remainder a mix of other race or ethnicity. The target service area has a population of 16,173, with 37% of youth under the age of 18 living in poverty and 76% of children qualifying for free or reduced lunches. Activities proposed in this application include increasing coalition engagement in the community; expanded school and community based education that will positively influence 3,700 un-duplicated youth 12-18 years of age; and outreach activities that will raise awareness with 75,000 residents county-wide. Targeted training's, workshops, and presentations will increase skills with school staff, parents, community and coalition members on the emergent trends and dangers of underage drinking and marijuana use. The project expands initial DFC funded activities and supports all seven strategies to achieve community change. NCDP grassroots efforts will strengthen communities and our youth to resist alcohol and drug use.
Substance Abuse Prevention in Graham County, Arizona
The Partnership for a Positive Pomona (P3) was established in 2009 in response to the growing problems of youth substance abuse and crime in the City of Pomona. The mission of P3 is to reduce and prevent youth substance use/abuse in the community by establishing a continuum of care while expanding and implementing environmental change within the City of Pomona. The project serves the students of the Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) – enrollment 23,741. The project goals, objectives and strategies integrate the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change (indicted in CAPS). DFC Goal #1: : By Oct. 2020, attendance will improve by 10%, as measured by meeting sign-in sheets and coalition evaluations. PROVIDE SUPPORT AND ENHANCE SKILLS. Strategy: Provide professional development and technical assistance, to improve attendance, communication and member retention and mobilize community for coalition capacity-building and awareness. DFC Goal #2: Objective 1: Reduce youth substance abuse. By Oct. 2020, reduce youth alcohol use by 2%, as measured by California Healthy Kids Survey and Evalcorp Pre/Post survey for high school educators and parents. ENHANCE SKILLS; PROVIDE INFORMATION; PROVIDE SUPPORT; CHANGE CONSEQUENCES; CHANGE PHYSICAL DESIGN. Strategy 1a: Empower schools and provide support for educators to set standards, facilitate discussions regarding substance abuse, and connect with students and families. 1b. Educate and support parents and adult leaders in the community through an established parental warmth and monitoring campaign in an effort to enhance community connections. Strategy 2: Sponsor activities within the Pomona community that engage youth and build leadership capacity, utilize existing resources, and fill gaps that have occurred due to substance use prevention funding cuts at PUSD. Strategy 3: Activate local businesses in being responsible for community safety regarding youth substance abuse. Objective 2: By Oct. 2020, reduce youth marijuana use by 2%, as measured by California Healthy Kids Survey and Evalcorp Pre/Post survey for high school educators and parents. PROVIDE INFORMATION, ENHANCE SKILLS, CHANGE CONSEQUENCES. Strategy 1: Enhance skills and empower parents and adult leaders in the community of Pomona through a targeted community education campaign. Strategy 2: Activate local businesses in being responsible for community safety regarding youth marijuana use to increase prevention knowledge and community collaboration. Strategy 3: Collaborate with established Los Angeles County Prevention Providers - Rethinking Access to Marijuana (RAM), education campaign that focuses on best practices by integrating other County and DFC funded prevention efforts. Strategy 4: Enhance skills and provide information to youth on marijuana harms through targeted youth messaging. Objective 3: 1a. By Sept. 2020, reduce youth prescription drug use by 2% , as measured by the California Healthy Kids Survey, 1b. By Sept. 2020 reach 100% of elected representatives and officials in the City of Pomona and 25% of residents with education and information on prescription drug use, safe storage and disposal, as measured by number of informational flyers inserted in water bill.PROVIDE INFORMATION. Strategy 1: Provide information and enhance skills of community members on prescription drugs use, safe storage and safe disposal
SUMMARY: Through the Arbor Coalition Drug-Free Communities Project, Coalition members will implement evidence-based environmental prevention strategies to increase community capacity and decrease rates of youth and adult use of alcohol and marijuana. The population of focus encompasses youth age 12-18 in the City of Ukiah, located in rural northern California. Ukiah residents enjoy one of the finest settings of any smaller city in California, and the city has been ranked #1 best small California town. However, Ukiah is also known for its cannabis culture, with seven active cannabis dispensaries and visible marijuana use at community events. The number of homeless students in Ukiah increased dramatically in 2017, when wildfire struck two nearby communities, leaving 545 families homeless. The county's rate of substantiated child abuse in 2018 was 19.4/1,000, almost triple the statewide rate of 7.2/1,000. Socially, Ukiah is diverse, an amalgam of urban professionals, fifth generation sheep and cattle ranchers, a strong faith community, and people living off the grid in the surrounding hills. Children from very different home environments sit side by side in Ukiah classrooms. Arbor Coalition members will participate in environmental prevention trainings and carry out a media campaign to increase community awareness of the risks associated with youth use of marijuana and alcohol. Project strategies include: GOAL ONE: Increase community collaboration Strategy 1. Offer capacity building opportunities and trainings to Coalition members. Strategy 2. Increase collaborative links and activities with community partners. Strategy 3. Increase youth advocacy and leadership skills. Strategy 4. Share information about environmental prevention, local trends in youth substance use, and Coalition activities with the community. GOAL TWO. Reduce youth substance use. Strategy 1. Educate youth and adults on risks and hazards related to youth use of marijuana and alcohol. Strategy 2. Identify locations, conditions, and situations that foster youth marijuana use. Strategy 3. Provide trauma-informed support for youth who have marijuana-related challenges. Strategy 4. Reduce access to alcohol by organizing safe and sober alternative activities and events for youth. Strategy 5. Through advocacy, work to decrease youth access to alcohol in the community.
San Marcos Prevention Coalition
Healthy Jurupa Valley, coalition with a mission to create an engaged, healthy and drug free community, serves as a direct liaison between residents, community partners and local government officials to plan, implement and evaluate policies and strategies to reduce youth substance use. Over the past five years, the coalition has maintained strong partnerships with members from the fields of public health, education, law enforcement and youth services growing to over 136 active members in 2019. Through the expertise of its members and staff and with DFC funding from SAMHSA, the coalition has directly influenced the passing of two citywide ordinances to reduce access to drugs, installed one prescription drug take back box and has provided thousands of residents with numerous informational sessions and other activities that have resulted in an increase in youth's perception of risk and a reduction in parent approval toward youth substance use and a 10% decrease in overall drug use from 2016 to 2018. Despite of these successes, great challenges remain. Our evaluation data reveals that 21% of students in Grades 7-12 still report using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs in the past 30 days and an 8% increase in marijuana use. As a result, there is a clear need for the coalition to continue its work to reduce youth substance use. With future funding, we plan to implement evidence-based drug prevention programs in area schools, establish city policies to reduce alcohol and opioid use and overdoses and create programmatic and financial sustainability for the coalition.
TPAUD, Trumbull's Prevention Partnership, was born in 2006 of the commitment of educators and community members in Trumbull, CT to address a startling surge in underage drinking among our youth. With state and federal grant funding, TPAUD has expanded its mission to include prevention activities that address underage drinking, marijuana use (including vaping) and prescription drug misuse by Trumbull youth in grades 7-12. Our prevention activities focus on education, community outreach, and enforcement. TPAUD has a dedicated membership of school staff, parents, youth, and community members. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use by implementing the following strategies: 1) Increase coalition capacity through training and community outreach, 2) Provide information to students, parents, and community members about the risks and consequences of alcohol and drug use, 3) Deliver school-based program that provides information and prevention strategies to students and their parents, 4) Increase the capacity of the police department through education and training, 5) Reduce access to alcohol and drugs through education to merchants, parents, community members, and healthcare professionals. 6) Increase the barriers to alcohol and drugs through increased enforcement activities, such as additional party patrols and anonymous Underage Drinking & TipsLine, and merchant compliance checks. Our efforts are data-driven and use evidence-based, environmental strategies. We measure our success through student and parent surveys that assess the attitudes and behaviors around substance use in our community including past 30-day use, perception of harm, perception of parental disapproval, and perception of peer disapproval. Our prevention efforts have been a success; student survey data continues to show declining rates of youth substance use, as well as rising rates of parental disapproval and vigilance. By engaging and mobilizing youth, parents, and community partners to reduce youth substance abuse, TPAUD works to create a safe, healthy, and thriving community free of underage drinking and drug use.
The Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families will create community-level change to prevent and reduce underage drinking, marijuana use and prescription medication misuse among Stratford youth in grades 7 - 12 using the Strategic Prevention Framework and 7 Strategies for Community-level Change. The project has 2 goals. Goal 1 is to increase community collaboration by increasing membership of the Coalition and it Youth Committee. Goal 2 is to reduce youth substance use by disseminating information, facilitating workshops and conducting youth-led campaigns about underage drinking, marijuana use/vaping and prescription drug misuse; translating these materials into multiple languages; conducting enforcement activities; reviewing relevant school policies and municipal regulations; and collecting and disseminating data about youth substance use.
Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition
The Bridging Resources in Community, Inc. (BRIC) serves Ward 5 in the District of Columbia, a community of 75,000. 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 to address alcohol and marijuana through media and social media as well as creating prevention messages.
The Walton County Prevention Coalition was awarded a FY 2019 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $ 125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Coalition serves Walton County, Florida, a community of 71,375. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use, and reduce substance abuse among youth in Walton County, Florida, and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the issues in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: (1.) Training key community leaders in effective strategies that build support for changing the community conditions to prevent youth drug use. (2.) Implementing a social norming campaign utilizing media advocacy to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drug use that targets youth aged 11-17 and their parents with positive social norms messages through local media and social networking. (3.) Promoting safe prescribing and disposal of prescription drugs to reduce youth access to opioids. Historically, South Walton beach towns are more urban and affluent than the rest of the county and are home to the largest industry - Tourism. Each year visitors to South Walton, many “Spring Breakers,” reach roughly 50 times that of the county’s total population. North Walton, being the seat of county government, houses a state correctional facility and boasts generations of farmers and ranchers. In 2018 US Census data estimated that 20.6% of residents were over 65 and 20.8% were under 18 years of age. Among residents, 49.5% identified as female and 84% of the population was White, with 6% of the population Hispanic or Latino, 6% African American, 2% Native American, and 2% small groups of Asian, Islander, or some other race. According to the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, the lifetime prevalence rate of multiple types of substances saw spikes among Walton County middle and high school students from 2016 to 2018. Reported lifetime alcohol use had been declining for the 10 years prior to 2018. While cigarette use continues to decline, the significant increase of vaporizer/e-cigarette use is alarming. Of great concern is the 2018 data that reported an increase of youth who have tried a prescription medication without a doctor’s order in their lifetime, coupled with reports from coalition members and local data collected that the opioid epidemic continues to plague both longtime families, as well as increasing issues among those displaced from Hurricane Michael. Our goal is to implement environmental strategies to reduce Walton County youth (11 to 17 years old) past 30-day alcohol use, marijuana use, tobacco use, and prescription drugs use by 3% each, by October 30, 2020, measured by using the 2018 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey compared to 2020 survey results.
Under the Substance Abuse Free Indian River (SAFIR) DFC Program, the coalition's overall goals are to reduce underage alcohol and marijuana use and to delay the early onset of use by Indian River County middle and high school youth (grades 6-12). We will accomplish this by strengthening prevention capacity in the community and implementing programs, policies and practices that address youth substance. The Coalition serves the 154,000 residents in Indian River County, Florida. The majority of residents (76%) identify as non-Hispanic, White. Approximately 12% of residents identify as Hispanic/Latino and 9% identify as non-Hispanic, Black. Specifically, with the Drug Free Communities Grant, the coalition aims to 1)increase collaboration and support for the coalition within Indian River County, 2) increase high school participation in SAFIR, 3) decrease alcohol use among Indian River County middle and high school youth and 4) decrease marijuana use among Indian River County middle and high school youth. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing social norms campaigns, such as our Most Teens Don't campaign which emphasizes the fact that most teens don't drink alcohol and smoke marijuana; educating youth and adults on the dangers and consequences of substance use; supporting compliance checks; creating a tip line for underage alcohol use/access; providing Responsible Beverage Service Training to servers and bartenders; and advocating for policy change. The DFC grant will go a long way in helping to implement and embed these strategies in Indian River County, which will lead to a healthier community, free from substance abuse.
The Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families is seeking a grant to expand our vision in decreasing underage drinking and substance use/misuse among our youth in Rockdale County. We have developed goals, objectives and strategies in line with the 7 Environmental Strategies to increase healthy relationships, positive peer mentoring, knowledge and skills for clerks/managers/store owners to identify and stop youth attempting to purchase alcohol and increase compliance checks to eliminate all underage drinking. The object is that at the end of the grant, compliance checks will rise in both the city and the county to 100% each quarter, the GSHS will reflect a decrease of 4% or more in alcohol consumption and a decrease of 3% or more in marijuana use and a decrease of 4% or more in opioid use in the last 30 days, the age of onset will increase by 3% of the current onset age from the 2017-2018 data. We hope to increase positive, healthy relationships where our youth can thrive in school and in the community.
Early County Family Connection will serve a rural community of 11,000 citizens to reduce use/abuse of marijuana and tobacco among youth 20 years and under.
The E Ola Pono Ma Kapolei Coalition project will strengthen community collaboration and work to prevent youth substance use in 96707. Activities include expanding outreach to engage and mobilize the community; increasing access to information and resources; working to impact community practices in ways that support and promote health; and providing opportunities for community action and stewardship of the people and places of Kapolei. The populations to be served are youth, families, and community members in Kapolei. The total population is 38,817 with 31.8% under age 20; 49.8% of households having individuals under age 18; and the average family size being 3.65 (Census 2010). The primary youth population consists of 2,035 youth at Kapolei High School and 1,520 at Kapolei Middle School with 34.2% and 40.6% respectively receiving free or reduced-cost lunch. Student ethnicity data indicates the majority of students are Filipino (24.8%) and Native Hawaiian (31.4%) with a mix of White, Japanese, Samoan, African American, and other. (HIDOE, 2018). The project will serve 3,000 youth and community members each year and 15,000 youth over the project's lifetime. The goals of this project are to: 1) Strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. 2) Reduce youth substance abuse, specifically underage drinking and marijuana use. The project objectives are to: 1. By 10/30/20, increase the capacity of E Ola Pono Ma Kapolei Coalition to facilitate and strengthen community collaboration to foster community caring and action as measured by increasing community partner/sector membership by 50% (Current Roster: 25 active members). 2. By 10/30/20, reduce the use of alcohol by youth (grades 7-12) by 5% as measured by youth alcohol use in the past 30 days reported through the Kapolei Youth Outcome Survey (2018 Baseline: 18.3%). 3. By 10/30/20, increase the perception of risk/harm from marijuana use among youth (grades 7-12) by 5% as measured by Kapolei Youth Outcome Survey (2018 Baseline: 60.7%).
The Alliance of Coalitions for Change (AC4C) will serve Iowa, a rural area, with the DFC Support Program funding by implementing strategies to reduce underage drinking and youth marijuana use with a focus on population-level work and policy changes. Examples of these strategies include Responsible Beverage Service Training, Alcohol Compliance Checks, and Zoning Ordinances. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration and to do this in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. An objective in the project includes increasing the capacity of AC4C by involving more communities and providing evidence-based strategy training and resource sharing opportunities. Over 30 community and county coalitions are currently involved in AC4C’s work, including 200 youth who are involved in leadership training. Engagement of the youth in more leadership capacity of AC4C is also a main activity goal in this project. More than a dozen state partners work together with the communities across Iowa through AC4C to impact the positive substance use outcomes for Iowa’s youth. The population in Iowa predominately identifies as Caucasian (91%); followed by Hispanic/Latino (6%), Black/African American (3%) and Asian (2%). Reaching more minority youth will be a focus, as well as establishing sustainability for the AC4C Coalition when the project is complete.
Allies for Substance Abuse Coalition in Hancock County Iowa is a coalition in North Central Iowa that was formed in 2012 to work on Youth Substance Use Prevention. We currently have 12 community sectors involved with at total of 22 active members. In addition, we have two student led coalitions, one in each school district with a total of 58 youth members. ASAP will use DFC grant funding to assess, build capacity, plan, implement, and evaluate ways in which we can change the cultural norm around youth substance use in Hancock County. We do that through the use of 7 Strategies the affect community level change; 1) Provide information including educational presentations, workshops, public service announcements, and other media. 2) Enhance Skills through workshops, seminars, activities designed to increase the skills of the participants. 3) Provide Support by creating opportunities to support people to participate in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection. 4) Enhance access/reduce barriers by improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability, and opportunities to utilize systems and services. 5) Changing Consequences through increasing or decreasing the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequence for performing behavior. 6) Changing Physical Design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection. 7) Modify/Change policies. Our members are taking ownership in raising the protective factors and reducing the risk factors within the sector they have influence, live, and work in and have a plan to expand on those throughout the county.
Carroll County Substance Education Coalition's Project includes substance use and abuse prevention efforts across 7 rural communities across Carroll County Illinois with 3 consolidated school districts.
Summary: The PLT will increase community collaboration and reduce youth substance use in DuPage County, Illinois, focusing on the targeted substances of alcohol and marijuana. Year 1 objectives will focus on coalition building to raise awareness, accountability and action; reducing 30-day use; strengthening social hosting policies throughout the county and increasing perception of harm. Population to be Served: The PLT will serve communities throughout DuPage County, Illinois, the second most populous county in Illinois. DuPage County spans an area of 336.55 square miles and is home to 931,826 people (American Community Survey, 2017). About 78.3% of residents are White/ non-Hispanic, 4.7% African American, 11.4% Asian, and 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native. Of all races, 14.1% are Hispanic. DuPage County is one of the five suburban collar counties in the Chicago metropolitan area. Historically, DuPage County has been identified as one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. It is also among the healthiest counties in the country according to the National County Health Rankings. Despite plentiful resources, the public health system in DuPage County is challenged by significant socio-economic changes among its residents. Strategies: The PLT will focus on alcohol and marijuana as the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey and supplemental coalition data confirm that these substances are the greatest threats to DuPage youth both in terms of 30-day use and permissive social norms. Numerous strategies relate to the following goals and objectives. Goals and Objectives: Two goals and five measurable objectives will guide the coalition in Year 1: Goal #1: Increase community collaboration. Objective 1: Increase coalition participation in the business sector by adding 2 representatives to the coalition as recorded by meeting attendance and meeting minutes, by October 30, 2020. Objective 2: Increase member involvement in work committees by 10% of current coalition membership as recorded by committee meeting attendance and minutes, by October 30, 2020. Objective 3: By October 30, 2020, increase coalition sustainability by obtaining an additional $5,000 in-kind/match donations, as reported by coalition accounting match documentation. Goal #2: Reduce youth substance abuse. Objective 1: By October 30, 2020, increase the percentage of parents who report social host laws prevent them from allowing underage drinking at home from 60% to 70% as reported by a community survey. Objective 2: Increase perception of harm (moderate risk or great risk) from 66% to 75% in grade 10 and from 48% to 58% in grade 12 as self-reported for marijuana use through the Illinois Youth Survey by June 30, 2020. Numbers Served: Year 1: 150,000. Total Five Years: 250,000
Our coalition is submitting an application that would assist in addressing underage drinking, marijuana use, and nicotine (vaping) use among youth in our community. The issues are prioritized by our organization in the order listed above. Our previous five years have seen a decline regarding youth usage rates; however, our coalition is applying for a second round of funding from the DFC program in hopes that we can continue to implement community changes throughout the community over the next 5 years as well. The grant will cover the Batesville, Indiana community. According to complete 2018 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Batesville has a population of 6,683 people.Our population is 52% female, with very little, if any visible, racial diversity within the community. 96% of our residents identify as White alone. An additional 3% identify as Asian alone, with less than 1% reporting Hispanic or Latino and identifying as two or more races respectively. Nearly a quarter of the population is under the age of 18 (23%), with 6% under age 5. Most of the population (56%) are between the ages of 19-64, the prime age to interact and provide adult influence over our youth. Batesville does however have quite a diverse socioeconomic population. The largest share of households has an income in the $75k - $100k range. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017 the median household income was $53,344. In contrast, nearly 12% of the population earns less than $15,000 a year and nearly 28% of students in the Batesville Community School Corporation receive free or reduced school lunches. Seven percent (7%) of the population under age 65 does not have health insurance (U.S. Census Bureau). As a part of our project, the Coalition will continue to build capacity throughout our community. We will continue working with current community partners, as well as identifying new partners who can assist in the implementation of our action plan under this grant. This process will help us in addressing Goal One of the Drug Free Communities Grant Program. By working with community partners, we will be able to fully implement the outlined strategies in the action plan to drive the necessary change in the Batesville community. As we address Goal Two of the Drug Free Communities Grant Program, several strategies will be implemented specifically addressing alcohol, marijuana and nictotine (vaping). We intend to address accessibility issues, perception of risk issues, and lack of consequences issues in our community. Our coalition will be utilizing all seven of CADCA’s strategies to create environmental change to address these challenges facing our community.
The Casey County KY ASAP Coalition serves Casey County, Liberty, KY, a community of 14,500. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use among all youth in Casey County, KY, throughout the lifetime of the project-5 years. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: To provide information, support, and enhance skills of the Casey County KY ASAP Coalition and community for the purpose of increasing collaborative efforts to address youth substance use problems in Casey County. Our goal is to decrease the number of youth who use substances by increasing youth awareness of perceived risks and changing consequences of underage substance use.
Since 2010, Boone County Alliance for Healthy Youth has devoted its energy to develop and implement individual and community strategies to combat substance abuse. In order to achieve its mission of a united community where all youth are drug free, BCA engages in activities related to prevention, advocacy, and collaboration. BCA focuses on prevention of underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse/abuse. The project, which plans to serve 20,000 Boone County youth ages 13-18, will focus on collaborating with various community sectors in order to educate youth, parents, and the overall community on youth substance abuse prevention. The overall goal of the proposed project is to prevent misuse of alcohol and marijuana and increase perception of risk of underage drinking and marijuana usage by Boone County youth. The objectives include areas of impact for Individual Services Delivery and Collaborative and Systemic Change: 1. Provide opportunities for shared leadership and use of effective collaborative principles, processes, and tools for coalition members to implement community change strategies. 2. Increase youth participation in coalition work and activities 3. Increase communication with other local drug-free community coalitions 4. Limit youth access to alcohol and marijuana 5. Increase youth perception of risk of alcohol and marijuana usage
The Coalition for a Healthy Oldham County will reduce youth substance abuse through implementing a multi-component, evidenced based Strategic Plan. This includes a high visibility enforcement campaign to reduce access and increase barriers to youth use combined with a community-wide social norms marketing campaign designed to create and sustain healthy perceptions related to youth use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Through strong partnerships with community members and agencies we will educate youth, adults, parents, policymakers, and all key stakeholders about youth substance abuse as well as effective strategies and policies to prevent youth from accessing and using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Our Youth Advisory Board, Youth Linking Oldham County, will be an instrumental part of planning, implementation and evaluation.
The Greater New Orleans Drug Demand Reduction Coalition (GNODDRC) is a Citizen driven Coalition founded in 2011 with a present membership of 230 members that includes a Data Work Group of 47 members who support the Coalition and its Four standing Work Groups to ensure resources are targeted appropriately and neighborhoods with a high level of need and capacity are identified, The Coaltion was awarded a 2014 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is applying for a sixth year of funding. The Coalition serves New Orleans, Louisiana, a community of 369,000. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use through data driven strategies that increase access by youth and adults to pro-social opportunities that strengthen communication of anti-drug messages. The Coalition in partnership with the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other Faith-Based communities will continue with the implementation of a five point strategic prevention, parent awareness and media campaign with a particular focus on youth access to alcohol and marijuana.
The Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services (WPCHS) will unite the community in providing resources and implementing strategies that will increase the protective factors to reduce substance use and abuse by our youth. WPCHS will collaborate with and engage community members; provide information and education to community members; support safe activities for our youth; support policies and practices that promote substance abuse prevention; and network with community prevention coalitions and organizations on local, state and national levels. WPCHS will continue to partner with the parish schools to strengthen and expand the school system's capacity to take the lead in sponsoring the Washington Parish Youth Coalition Against Drugs (WPYCAD). Youth will play a critical role in the coalition work as they represent the target group of this project. WPCHS will contract with an evaluator who will assist with an effective measurement plan which will include an output monitoring system.
The Drug Free Communities grant will fund the continuation of the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition. The coalition serves the city of Easthampton with its 16,000 residents, and its blue collar roots, with a recent revitalizing of the downtown with arts, breweries and now cannabis retail shops. The Coalition’s focus is on preventing alcohol and marijuana use among the 900+ students at the schools in town. Our mission is to champion healthy decision making and substance abuse prevention among our youth by fostering youth leadership, advocating for municipal and state policies to protect youth, and supporting strong family engagement. Twelve community sectors are represented on the coalition, and there is active engagement in planning and carrying out the yearly action plan with the sectors. The two main goals are to increase community collaboration and decrease youth substance use. This will be accomplished with several objectives including: increasing membership each year by 10%, decreasing by at least 3% every year the 30-day use of drugs by 8th, 10th, and 12th graders as measured on the bi-annual Prevention Needs Assessment Survey, increasing by 3% the perception of moderate to great risk of harm of marijuana use by 8th, 10th and 12th graders and also increasing the number who report more opportunities and rewards for community based pro-social involvement as reported on the PNAS. Multiple strategies will help us achieve these goals such as: implementing evidence based programs including the LifeSkills school curriculum, Strategic, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in 8-9th grade, and the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 in the community; alcohol compliance checks conducted in collaboration with the Easthampton Police; media campaigns, youth leadership programs, parent cafes and house parties to increase engagement, buy-in and skills, policy advocacy with city decision makers for strong policies that protect youth from access or exposure to drugs or their normalization.
The Hampden-Wilbraham Partners for Youth Coalition was awarded a FY 2019 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Coalition serves the towns of Hampden and Wilbraham, Massachusetts, with a combined population of a community of 19,759. The goals of the Coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. In its first five years of DFC funding, the Coalition has seen significant reductions in youth use of alcohol and marijuana, and will continue these efforts with an added focus on nicotine products and delivery devices. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing a variety of data-informed and evidence-based strategies including educating parents and teachers, increasing awareness of policies that protect youth, increasing community awareness regarding environmental factors that reduce the likelihood of youth substance misuse, supporting substance-free activities and engaging in local and regional conversations and calls to action on the important role that each sector of the community has in prevention.
The Gandara Center led, Stop Access Drug Free Communities Coalition, is an established community-based youth alcohol and substance use prevention coalition with broad cross-sector representation, and proven capacity to effect community-level change in the majority/minority city of Springfield, MA. The Coalition works to prevent and reduce youth alcohol, marijuana & tobacco use through strategies and initiatives designed to affect environmental, policy, and behavioral changes. The target population is an expansion of current DFC services, and includes youth between the ages of 11-18 years old and a resident of Springfield, MA., with an emphasis on youth of color and/or Hispanic heritage. The Springfield Public Schools district serves a diverse, high risk population of 25,297 youth & families comprised of approximately 66.6% of Hispanic identified youth, 19% as African American, with over 77% of total youth who are Economically Disadvantaged, 27% youth with English as not their 1st language, and 82% who are determined to be High Need. According to the 2016 PNAS, there is a high prevalence of depression among Latino, Asian and LGBTQ youth. Interventions: All activities under this funding request will be implemented by the Stop Access Coalition supported by a Project Director and Coordinator. The Coalition will leverage existing momentum to expand member recruitment; plan & facilitate town halls; provide parent/guardian trainings; support school and community-based alcohol and substance free family activities; and reduce underage youth access to alcohol, marijuana, tobacco through retailer surveys and cashier training, and education events targeting youth, families and community to change norms/perceptions regarding safety and underage use. Goals & Objectives: 1)increase & strengthen community collaboration to reduce youth alcohol use within new target neighborhoods by: recruiting new coalition membership, facilitate town hall meetings to solicit local qualitative data for annual action planning; strengthen participation in PNAS and enhanced information dissemination efforts; 2) reduce alcohol, marijuana & tobacco use among youth through reducing retail access by: providing underage sale training to cashiers, conducting Alcohol purchase surveys (compliance monitoring), & exploring the creation of a marijuana Purchase Survey; 3) increase the number of parents/guardians who report it is wrong/very wrong for youth to use alcohol by providing trainings and dialogue resources to parents. 4) Encourage and support schools & youth-serving agencies create prevention curricula. Numbers served: Outreach/Education/Information: YR 1=3,150 YR2=6,150 YR 3=3,150 YR 4=6,150 YR 5=3,150 Training/Direct service: YR 1=110 YR 2=110 YR 3=110 YR 4=110 YR 5=110 TOTAL: 22,300
South Hadley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition
Cecil County Drug-Free Communities Coalition is a collaborative substance abuse prevention and reduction project focused on community and school-based initiatives.
The Coalition serves Southern Prince George's County, Maryland, a community of 85,506. 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 to increase social media campaigns, prevention messaging, peer leadership, capacity building to reduce youth alcohol and marijuana use.
Westbrook Partners for Prevention Drug Free Community Support Program
River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition's River Valley Rising project is a multi sector coalition working to prevent and reduce youth substance use in the River Valley Region.
The Guidance Center, a non-profit human services agency in Southgate, Michigan, provides staff liaisons and fiscal management for the Stop Underage Drinking/Drugs Coalition (SUDDs), serving 13 of the 18 communities comprising the “Downriver” area located south of Detroit, with a mission to prevent underage drinking and drug use. The Coalition was formed by area youth more than ten years ago, and has grown to include 29 adult and 50 active youth members. SUDDs (https://www.sudds.info/) represents the Downriver communities of Allen Park, Brownstown Town-ship, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Melvindale, Riverview, River Rouge, Rockwood, Southgate, Trenton, Woodhaven, and Wyandotte, with a total population of 344,000 and a racial makeup of 81.4% White; 11.8% Black; 7.9% Latino; 1.6% Asian; and 0.3% Native American, and with a poverty rate of 15.13%, higher than the U.S. rate of 12.7%. Downriver communities comprise seven of Michigan’s top ten cities by drug-related overdose death rate -- four of which are SUDDs member communities. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration and to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing comprehensive strategies, including changing social norms around prescription drug misuse/abuse, underage drinking and youth tobacco use and vaping and marijuana use; increasing consequences for those who furnish alcohol and tobacco to minors; strengthening barriers to minors accessing alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs for misuse/abuse; and advocating for modifying policies and practices to prevent youth access to and use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs for misuse/abuse. The community collaboration objectives are to increase the number and involvement of sector members. The coalition’s primary youth substance use prevention objectives are to reduce the percentage of youth who report using prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription; alcohol; tobacco, including vaping products; and marijuana. These objectives are measured bi-annually through the MiPHY survey conducted in local middle and high schools. In 2018 coalition sector members provided education and small group support to over 6,800 children and youth and reached more than 6,500 community members through presentations and workshops, both in schools and the community and through vendor/prescriber education. Additionally, the coalition reached over 250,000 people with billboards addressing the opioid epidemic. These numbers are expected to rise as the coalition expands its reach and as the number of schools participating in prevention services continues to grow. By the end of the DFC Support Program grant, we anticipate reaching more than 7,500 youth each year through prevention direct services and over 25,000 youth annually through community based and environmental strategies. The youth voice continues to be a driver in SUDDs community intervention.
The vision of the Clinton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is to to prevent and/or reduce use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among all residents, with a special focus on youth. The coalition's mission is to reduce the harm by fostering community action, education, support and collaboration. Coalition members contribute their time and effort to review and analyze data, promote effective programs, and advocate for educational curriculum in our schools that teach resiliency skills to youth. Student leadership training, teaching refusal skills (for drugs, tobacco, alcohol) to youth, community surveys to measure youth attitudes toward drugs and alcohol are all examples of community initiatives supported by the Coalition. Focus on engaging youth and assuring sustainability will continue during the next funding period.
The SRSLY Stockbridge Coalition serves Stockbridge, MI, a community of 10,142. The coalition's mission is to empower and equip youth to reach their full potential by remaining substance-free.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) Providing information to youth and adults that will help them make good decisions regarding substance use, through multiple forms of media. (2) Provide support to youth and adults who want to avoid drugs and alcohol by holding fun and substance-free events in the community. (3) Enhance access to opportunities for pro-social community involvement for youth. (4) Enhance skills for youth and parents so they are better able to make good decisions and get involved in the community, and enhance skills of community leaders so they are able to impact policies and systems that affect youth substance abuse. (5) Change consequences of youth being involved in the community and staying substance-free. (6) Change policy to more effectively deter youth substance use. (7) Change the physical environment to weaken risk factors and strengthen protective factors related to youth substance abuse. DFC GOAL One: Increase community collaboration to prevent youth substance use. Objective 1: 100% of coalition strategies and activities for all age groups will be supported by needs assessment results by October 30, 2020 as measured by meeting minutes and plans. Objective 2: Increase coalition membership by 10% by October 30, 2020, measured by coalition sign-in sheets and member pledges. Objective 3: Implement 100% of the action plan by October 30, 2020 as measured by quarterly action plan progress reports and coalition meeting minutes. DFC GOAL TWO: Prevent and reduce youth substance abuse by addressing the factors in the community that increase risk of abuse and promoting factors that minimize risk. Objective 1: Decrease the percentage of Stockbridge High School students (9th and 11th grade) reporting alcohol use in the past 30-days from 25% to 21% by October 2024 as measured by the MiPHY. Objective 2: By October 2024, decrease the percentage of high school students (9th and 11th grade) reporting marijuana use in the past 30-days from 14% to 8% (Source: MiPHY).
Dexter Community Schools provides a coordination of a community coalition entitled SRSLY Dexter (text message speech for “seriously”). The mission statement for the coalition is: “To promote the health and well-being of Dexter youth through a community-wide initiative aimed at decreasing the onset and incidence of high-risk behaviors, including the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.” Alcohol, marijuana and tobacco misuse are the targeted drugs. The SRSLY Dexter coalition has brought together leaders from key community sectors to create a Steering Committee to provide the oversight and administration of additional committees, including the Youth Steering Committee, Marketing and Evaluation. The population to be served is defined as the city of Dexter and surrounding townships that comprise the Dexter Community School District. The service area is located within Washtenaw County. The total population is approximately 20,662, with a K-12 population of 5,413. The goals of the Coalition are: 1) establish and strengthen collaboration among SRSLY's partner organizations in support of the community’s effort to prevent and reduce substance among youth; and 2) reduce substance use among youth in Dexter, Michigan, and over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the community issues that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. The SRSLY Dexter Coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: 1) Provide information to youth and adults that will help them make good decisions regarding substance use, through multiple forms of media. 2) Provide support to youth and adults who want to avoid drugs and alcohol by holding fun and substance-free events in the community. 3) Enhance access to opportunities for pro-social community involvement for youth. 4) Enhance skills for youth and parents so they are better able to make good decisions and get involved in the community. 5) Change consequences of being involved in the community and staying substance-free. 6) Change policy to more effectively deter youth substance use. SRSLY Dexter works collaboratively with the Community Mental Health Partners of Southeast Michigan, partnering in regional data gathering and resource sharing.
Headway Coalition Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Project
The Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition was awarded a FY 2019 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Coalition serves Sherburne County, MN, a community of 96,036. 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 identifying and implementing strategies that will affect community attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs around underage drinking, youth marijuana use, and youth tobacco use. The development of Youth Leadership Councils will assist with these efforts by building capacity and teamwork among youth, clarifying misperceptions regarding levels of use, influencing positive decision-making, and educating the greater community of emerging trends. Efforts to educate, change policies, and provide help for those in need have been, and continue to occur, through the work of the coalition.
Utilizing evidence-based youth substance use prevention strategies to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for youth in grades 6 - 12 in the Little Falls Community School District, the Stand Up 4 U Community Coalition engages all sectors of the community for a comprehensive approach to prevent alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use by teens, impact community norms, and transform the community. The Stand Up 4 U Youth Alcohol, Marijuana, and Tobacco Prevention Project serves students in grades 6 - 12 in the Little Falls Community School District in Morrison County. There are 1497 students in grades 6 - 12. The population of the area served by the School District is 17,471. The demographics of the population is predominately white - 96.9%. Youth alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco prevention strategies coordinated by the coalition in the community include Project Northland substance use prevention curriculum, Positive Community Norms Campaign for youth alcohol and marijuana prevention, Sticker Shock campaign for community education, Responsible Beverage Server Training, Social Host Ordinance education, support of youth groups and youth leadership focused on substance use prevention, education and advocacy, capacity building for substance use prevention through training, community conversations, communication, education, and advocacy. Project goals include reduction of youth alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use for students in grades 6 - 12 in the community as measured by the Minnesota Student Survey and DFC Core Measure Student Survey each year. The number of individuals who will be served annually by the Youth Alcohol, Marijuana, Opioid, and Tobacco Prevention Project is 1500 students, 5000 parents, and 6000 additional community members. Number of unduplicated individuals served over the five year project period (October 31, 2019 - October 30, 2024) is 2500 students, 7000 parents, and 8000 additional community members, for a total of 17,500 individuals.
Council for Drug Free Youth (CDFY) motivates, educates and collaborates to promote drug-free lifestyles among youth in mid Missouri. CDFY plans to work with youth and community partners in the Jefferson City Public School District area to prevent youth substance use. The CDFY vision is a healthy vibrant drug free community.
LAFYs mission is to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, violence and other negative behaviors and improve the lives of the entire Liberty community. The coalition has active representation from all twelve sectors and is constantly striving to make connections with the decision makers in the community. There is a particularly strong partnership with the school, law, city government, faith and health communities. LAFY provides education to both parents and students. Every year LAFY strives to move further upstream to ensure the youth in the community are developing resiliency and coping skills that will decrease their desire for substance use.
Project Name: Frenchtown Community Coalition (FCC) Drug Free Communities Program Population to be Served: Youth in the Frenchtown School District. Frenchtown is a rural community located in Western Montana. The Frenchtown School District enrolls approximately 1,300 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Project Goals and Measurable Objectives: DFC Goal One: Increase community collaboration. Objective 1: By October 30, 2020, the FCC will strengthen Frenchtown community collaboration capacity related to preventing and reducing substance abuse among youth by increasing the number of collaborative Coalition members from 18 to 22 as measured by signed Coalition Involvement Agreements and meeting sign-in sheets. DFC Goal Two: Reduce youth substance abuse. Objective 1.1: By October 30, 2020, the number of Frenchtown 12th grade students reporting use of alcohol in the past 30 days will be reduced by 10% as measured by comparison of the 2018 and 2020 Montana Prevention Needs Assessment data. Objective 1.2: By October 30, 2020, the number of Frenchtown youth in grades 8-12 (combined) who report their parents think drinking alcohol is wrong or very wrong will be increased by 15% as measured by comparison of the 2018 and 2020 Montana Prevention Needs Assessment data. Objective 2.1: By October 30, 2020, the lifetime use (1 or more occasions) of marijuana among Frenchtown youth in 12th grade will be reduced by 15% as measured by comparison of the 2018 and 2020 Montana Prevention Needs assessment data. Objective 2.2: By October 30, 2020, the number of Frenchtown youth in grades 8-12 (combined) who report a perception of risk (great-moderate) associated with initiating use of marijuana will be increased by 20% as measured by comparison of the 2018 and 2020 Montana Prevention Needs assessment data. The FCC will continue to increase community collaboration and reduce underage consumption of alcohol and marijuana. Using assessment, strategic planning, evaluation, and evidence-based strategies, the project will work to reduce youth use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. Through extensive youth engagement and collaboration between community sectors, we will reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for the youth of Frenchtown.
The Cleveland County Health Department’s proposed Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program Grant will serve the entire population of Cleveland County, NC. Cleveland County is a rural county in the Western Piedmont region of North Carolina with a population of 97,645. The two substances the proposed project will address are marijuana and prescription drugs. Strategies that will be implemented to address marijuana use include developing a comprehensive community education campaign on the harmful effects of youth marijuana use, facilitating an evidence-based prevention curriculum in Cleveland County Schools, implementing a dangers of marijuana poster contest for middle school students in which the winning entries will be turned into billboards and posters to be displayed throughout the county, and working with our local school system to strengthen their drug policy addressing marijuana. Strategies that will be implemented to address youth prescription drug abuse include promoting the Lock Your Meds educational campaign, hosting an opioid prescribing training, distributing medicine lock boxes and home medication disposal kits, partnering with local law enforcement to host three Operation Medicine Drop events, promoting our nineteen permanent medicine drop box locations, and hosting an opioid community forum. The Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (SAPC), for which the health department serves as the host fiscal agent, will have responsibility for carrying out all grant activities. The overall goals of the proposed project are to increase community collaboration and to decrease youth substance abuse. We have developed the following objectives to help ensure we are meeting our goals: 1) Increase the number of active members on the Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition from 69 on October 1, 2019 to 75 by September 30, 2020 according to SAPC member sign-in sheet; 2) Decrease the percentage of 9th grade students in Cleveland County who report using marijuana during the past 30 days from 15.7% in 2019 to 13% by October 30, 2020 according to the Cleveland County Pride Survey; 3) Decrease the percentage of 9th grade students in Cleveland County who have misused a prescription drug in the past 30 days from 4.7% in 2019 to 3.5% by October 30, 2020 according to the Cleveland County Pride Survey. While our overarching goal is to reduce youth substance use, our strategies are designed to target the entire community in an effort to create an environment that supports our youth’s ability to live a substance-free lifestyle. With a county population of 97, 645, this results in a potential reach of 488,225 residents over the lifetime of the five-year grant period. Cleveland County is currently designated as a Tier 1 rural and economically disadvantaged area by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Local Pride Survey data indicates the county is disproportionately impacted by youth substance use in comparison with state and national data sources. We are excited about the opportunity to continue our work to prevent and reduce youth substance use in our county.
The Partnership for Substance Free Youth in Buncombe County
The C.A.R.E. Coalition of Transylvania County proposes a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program project to strengthen its efforts in reducing substance use among youth. As its mission, ""The C.A.R.E. Coalition is the catalyst for community collaboration to address substance abuse and underage drinking with a focus on primary prevention among youth in Transylvania County, North Carolina."" The coalition serves the entire county of Transylvania, population 34,215, including all youth under the age of 18 and their families. Alcohol and tobacco/nicotine use is prevalent among Transylvania County youth. The coalition seeks to reduce youth substance use through limiting access and availability, increasing the perception of harm, and changing community norms surrounding teen use. The objectives we expect to achieve by October 30, 2020 are: increase adult and youth engagement in coalition activities by 20%; increase the number of students who report their parents have clear rules regarding alcohol by 3%; reduce youth access to alcohol by increasing the number of successful compliance checks by 30%; decrease youth use of nicotine/tobacco at school by 20%; reduce youth access to nicotine/tobacco by increasing number of successful retail purchase surveys by 30%. Environmental strategies to achieve these objectives include: strengthening youth and adult coalition capacity through outreach, supporting shared efforts, recruitment, and training initiatives; changing community norms surrounding underage alcohol use; supporting retailers and law enforcement in better enforcement of existing alcohol laws; developing and enforcing tobacco-free school and county policies; changing cultural norms surrounding nicotine/tobacco use; and reducing youth retail access to nicotine/tobacco. The coalition focuses its efforts on creating sustainable community changes that will continue after DFC funding has expired.
The ALL Together coalition of the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont is applying for the Drug Free Communities Competing Continuation grant opportunity. This funding will allow the regional coalition to sustain current initiatives and begin new comprehensive strategies to reduce the harms of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drug misuse. ALL Together’s goal if awarded this funding is to decrease rates of 30-Day alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drug use among over 1,175 middle and over 2,700 high school students in our region, both annually and throughout the lifetime of the project by: providing information, education and training; through policy change efforts affecting ease of access, community and school enforcement and norms. We will do this by focusing on the following objectives: increasing the perception of parent disapproval of substance use; decreasing adult attitudes favorable toward youth substance use; increasing the perception that youth substance use is harmful; and decreasing youth access. All of these objectives will be measured by the Vermont and New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior Survey. All Together has identified the following strategies and interventions to accomplish this goal: increase the prevention capacity in the region by joining, supporting and interlocking with existing coalitions and organizations; provide information and education via multi-media social marketing campaigns to parents and community across the region to strengthen protective parental/adult social norms; strengthen school and community policies related to substance use violations and improve the quality of policy implementation; community mobilizing for change on youth substance use by supporting healthy substance free activities for youth to socialize within the community; utilize community forums/town hall events to gain feedback from the communities on youth substance use issues and utilize this feedback to implement change; strengthen collaboration among communities, state and local governments to reduce substance misuse among youth and young adults. ALL Together’s Drug Free Communities Partnership Coordinator shares office space at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with the Upper Valley Public Health Region’s Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinators. ALL Together is a workgroup of the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley and ALL Together staff are employees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. This structure and these relationships allow for the aligning of and collaboration on prevention efforts and collective health goals for our region.