ULSTER COUNTY COMMUNITY COALITIONS
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Coalition Q & A
What are community coalitions?
Community coalitions are comprised of parents, youth, teachers, law enforcement, businesses, religious leaders, local government, health providers and other community activists who are mobilizing at the local level to make their communities safer, healthier and drug-free.
How do coalitions make a difference in communities?
Coalition building is a smart strategy that promotes coordination and collaboration and makes efficient use of limited community resources. By connecting multiple sectors of the community in a comprehensive approach, community coalitions are achieving real outcomes. OASAS-funded anti-drug coalitions use the Strategic Prevention Framework shown here.
How do we help?
Ulster Prevention Council provides technical assistance and guidance to both school and community based coalitions. We help community organizers achieve their goals by offering assistance with grant writing, strategic planning, training, and capacity building.
THINKING OF STARTING A COMMUNITY COALITION?
SEVEN STRATEGIES FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE
1. Providing Information- Educational presentations, workshops or
seminars other presentations of data (e.g., public announcements,
brochures, dissemination, billboards, community meetings, forums,
2. Enhancing Skills- Workshops, seminars or other activities
designed to increase the skills of participants, members and
staff needed to achieve population level outcomes (e.g., training,
technical assistance, distance learning, strategic planning retreats,
3. Providing Support- Creating opportunities to support people to
participate in activities that reduce or enhance protection (e.g., providing
alternative activities, mentoring, referrals,
support groups or clubs).
4. Enhancing Access/ Reducing Barriers- Improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability and opportunity to utilize those systems and services (e.g., assuring healthcare, childcare, transportation, housing, justice, education, safety, special needs, cultural and language sensitivity).
5. Changing Consequences (Incentives/ Disincentives)- Increasing or decreasing the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., increasing public recognition for deserved behavior, individual and business rewards, taxes, citations, fines, revocations/loss of privileges).
6. Physical Design – Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., parks, landscapes, signage, lighting, outlet density).
7. Modifying/Changing Policies- Formal change in written procedures, by- laws, proclamations, rules or laws with written documentation and/ or voting procedures (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change within government, communities and organizations).
Source: National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute