Media dominate our lives. Constant exposure to media messages affects almost everything we do from choosing a brand of salad dressing to donating our time and resources to community organizations. Coalitions must join the fray and compete to win the attention of those in the community they are trying to reach.
A group of 12 federal departments and agencies have unveiled a new Web site, FindYouthInfo.gov, to help community organizations find resources and tools to support youth efforts. The site, spearheaded by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, provides targeted information to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan and implement effective youth programs.
During the early 1990s, New England was faced with one of the highest rates of youth inhalant abuse, jumping from 3 percent to nearly 8 percent among 7th graders between 1990 and 1993. To address that, the New England Inhalant Prevention Coalition used an innovative prevention approach that resulted in a 27 percent drop in lifetime inhalant abuse among 7th-12th graders.
Is your coalition membership engaged? Do members believe that their opinions matter? Do they believe that their participation helps improve the community? If so, congratulations! Your coalition is on the right track. A study published recently in the American Journal of Community Psychology indicates that coalition members with positive perceptions of coalition leadership and the group´s ability to reach its participants voice opinions more often.
The vast majority of prisoners who could benefit from drug abuse treatment do not receive it, despite two decades of research that demonstrate its effectiveness, according to researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). In a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NIDA scientists note that about half of all prisoners (including some sentenced to non-drug-related offenses) are dependent on drugs, yet less than 20 percent of inmates suffering from drug abuse or dependence receive formal treatment.
SAMHSA has developed a series of briefs to educate businesses and organizations about the benefits of seeking treatment for employees suffering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. The 14 two-page briefs outline the financial benefits of helping employees receive treatment for substance abuse and how Employee Assistance Programs can be cost effective.Issues: Drug Use in the Workplace
CADCA´s 19th Annual Leadership Forum is less than a month away! In an effort to help make the most of Capitol Hill Day visits during the Forum, CADCA will be publishing in Coalitions Online a series of articles on ways to maximize Capitol Hill Day. This article, the second in that series, focuses on preparing an effective press release following meetings with Members of Congress, and serves as a reminder to bring a digital camera to take a picture with elected officials.
During the 1950s and 1960s, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. That´s why in 1994, Congress named Martin Luther King Day, held the third Monday of each January, a national day of community service. In this momentous year when the nation prepares to elect the first African-American President, CADCA encourages all community coalitions to take part in the 2009 King Day of Service.
The incoming Obama Administration has made a concerted effort to ensure that the public has the ability to provide input as it develops its policies. This trend continues as he prepares to take office. To help ensure that substance abuse prevention issues are on the radar screen of the new Administration, CADCA urges community coalitions to post comments on the Citizen´s Briefing Book.