Some of the same brain mechanisms that fuel drug addiction in humans accompany the emergence of compulsive eating behaviors and the development of obesity in animals, according to research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health.
Do you know what others in your community are saying about your coalition? What level of visibility do you have with media outlets in your area? Conversations happen in all kinds of places and you can, and should, track what's being said about your coalition and who's saying it. The second Webinar in a five-part CADCA series on social media will look at some of the ways you can listen to what your members, stakeholders, the media and the community at large are saying; through RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication), e-mail alerts and other tools that bring up-to-the minute information to you.
Health advocates all over the country will be celebrating April 5-11 as National Public Health Week. The theme for this year's observance is "A Healthier America: One Community at a Time." Sponsored by the American Public Health Association, that week is dedicated to public health and community-focused events that support this theme and public health initiatives, in general. As part of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, there is a lot your coalition can do to bring forth the message of creating a healthier community. In connection to national events, your coalition can choose to participate in local area events or use online resources to create an event when the time is right for your community.
After a 14-year delay, regulations banning tobacco sales to minors, sales of cigarettes in less than 20-pack size, sample giveaways, and tobacco sponsorship of sports, music and other events have been released in final form by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, President Obama signed historic healthcare reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law. As a result of a concerted advocacy effort from the field, a number of national organizations under the umbrella of the Coalition for Whole Health and CADCA, this law contains a number of provisions that will improve coverage for and access to substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery.Issues: Healthcare Reform
Are ineffective coalition meetings resulting in low volunteer rates or high job turnover? Research shows that participants are less likely to contribute to or attend future meetings if one's perception of meeting effectiveness decreases. A recent article in the Journal of Business and Psychology examines perceived meeting effectiveness in relation to different meeting designs and the potential repercussions ineffective meetings may cause an organization.
A new study has found that use and misuse of alcohol and marijuana are influenced by a common set of genes. The results are in the March 2010 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Issues: Mental Health
CADCA’s National Coalition Institute is expanding its Ambassador Program, a workforce and leadership development initiative for young adults interested in exploring the community coalition field as a career path.
On Friday, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued an amended Request for Applications for the 2010 DFC Mentoring Program.
This is the final reminder to make sure your coalition participates in the 2009-2010 CADCA Annual Survey of Coalitions. The Survey closes on Wednesday, March 31st. Let Your Voice Be Heard and don’t miss the opportunity for your coalition to gain access to valuable coalition information and networking tools.