The SCHDFC aims to collaborate with community partners in its endeavors to build a healthy and drug free community. Each community sector can provide valuable support and feedback that can help the coalition implement more effective and relevant strategies.
We follow the model of the Communities Coalition Anti-Drug of America (CADCA) to include as many potential partners as possible. We know that local problems need local solutions. We invite all community members to be a part of the solution.
Strategic Prevention Framework
Our Coalition uses the Strategic Prevention Framework an evidence-based Public Health Model utilized to plan and organize activities that will lead our community to build a healthier community for youth and families.
5-step planning process
The SPF Process is a 5-step planning process that guides the selection, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based, culturally appropriate, sustainable prevention activities.
For more information about the SPF model, please see SAMHSA’s website at http://www.samhsa.gov/spf
The SCHDFC follows the 7 CADCA Strategies model to ensure the implementation of effective environmental strategies in our community.
See the 7 CADCA Strategies sheet for more information about each strategy.
Form can be downloaded at http://owncloud.secaucus.net/owncloud/public.php?service=files&t=733f1ad98a64532f5ca9ab99fcae9901
To carry out our mission, our coalition focuses on environmental strategies to tackle those factors having the greatest influence in the choices of youth in using drugs and other substances in our community.
Environmental Strategies incorporate prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies. The best strategies lead to long-term outcomes. Supporting policies that restrict youth access to alcohol at fairs and festivals, increasing compliance checks at alcohol retail outlets to prevent underage sales, and collecting unused and unwanted prescription drugs in the community (that can otherwise be abused and lead to heroin use) are all examples of environmental strategies.
Environmental Strategies use awareness & education to promote healthy behaviors, changing the environment to reduce high risk conditions, to encourage healthy behaviors and ultimately to influence policy changes. Strong representation from all community sectors as well as our youth coalition members can harness the community’s power to create change and ensure sustained action on pervasive community problems that have eluded simple solutions. As we like to say, “Local people solve local problems best; communities support what they help to create.” Coalitions enable residents to contribute to making a difference and creating the political will necessary to influence development and implementation of lasting policy.