Why Community Coalitions?

Scientific studies indicate that the community coalition approach is an effective strategy for addressing alcohol, tobacco and other substance use and misuse-related problems. Coalitions connect multiple sectors of the community – including businesses, parents, media, law enforcement, schools, faith organizations, health providers, social service agencies and government – to collaborate and develop plans, policies and strategies to achieve reductions in the rates of consumption at the community level. Community coalitions reside at the heart of a proven comprehensive public health approach to support prevention efforts via a structured planning process that promotes civic engagement and the building of social capital.

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Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

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