We accomplish our goals by utilizing:
Comprehensive College and Community Coalition
Community coalitions are increasingly used as a vehicle to foster improvements in community health. A coalition is traditionally defined as:
“a group of individuals representing diverse organizations, factions or constituencies who agree to work together to achieve a common goal”.
Community coalitions differ from other types of coalitions in that they include professional and grassroots members committed to work together to influence long-term health and welfare practices in their community. Additionally, given their ability to leverage existing resources in the community and convene diverse organizations, community coalitions connote a type of collaboration that is considered to be sustainable over time.
Following an evidenced based model, the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)
SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a planning process for preventing substance use and misuse. The five steps and two guiding principles of the SPF offer prevention professionals a comprehensive process for addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their communities. The effectiveness of the SPF begins with a clear understanding of community needs and involves community members in all stages of the planning process.
Applying the seven strategies of community change
- Provide Information
- Enhance Skills
- Provide Support
- Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers
- Change Consequences
- Change Physical Design
- Modify/Change Policy
Steering Committee: Serves as the macro-level guide for the coalition. Bringing together the most dedicated and strongest coalition advocates allows for short and long term planning and monitoring.
College and Community Connection Work Group: Works to increase participation and membership of the coalition. They ensure the coalition has the resources necessary to be effective within the community, and enhances, cultural competence. Organizes coalition events, healthy college and community wellness activities, environmental prevention needs and works on bridging the gap between the college and community.
Data Assessment Work Group: Collects, analyzes and reports on data that will help the coalition identify priorities and evaluate the effectiveness of coalition efforts. Focuses on coalition needs assessment, evaluation and data needs and creates relevant data collection tools as coalition requirements change.
Media Work Group: Serves as the forum for the coalition to plan media outreach efforts, communication plan and help in creating effective messaging. The work group will create communication campaigns, media advocacy and social norm materials using print, radio, television, internet and social media.
Policy Review and Environmental Strategy Work Group: Serves as an unbiased medium to assess and/or examine Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) policies and laws relevant to our coalition, college and community needs. Aid in reviewing and implementing environmental strategies that fit local conditions.
Landlord Work Group: The Geneseo Landlord group is made up of concerned property owners in the Village of Geneseo. This group works together to learn ways to create a healthier environment for students, help the community and increase their landlord skills.
Implement Data Based Environmental Prevention Strategies: Environmental strategies focus on reducing problems associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs through changes in the physical, social, legal, or economic environment.
To be effective we need strategies that address the multitude of reasons that lead young people to choose to drink.