How do coalitions make a difference in communities?
Coalitions educate the community, increase community involvement in local substance abuse prevention initiatives and implement prevention programs that have been proven effective.

The prevention strategies coalitions use include: 

  • Public information
  • Education
  • Early interventions & referral
  • Substance-free social opportunities
  • Community-based processes
  • Environmental approaches.

A comprehensive approach using as many, or all six, prevention strategies works best!

Often, community problems or issues are too large and complex for any one agency or organization. 

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 achieve real outcomes.