ASAP Community Coalition's Evaluation and Research

10:00 AM
11:15 AM


In this presentation, the ACCESS Substance Abuse Program Coalition uses a research and evaluation perspective to show the impact they have had on their community. The problem focused on is tobacco use among youth, and the ACCESS Coalition will walk participants through their non-opioid choices project. Presenters will share how they partnered with the local police department to change consequences and allow for rehabilitation, not criminalization. This presentation is unique, as it discusses the Arab-American community, one that is not often discussed in the area of substance use. ACCESS uses a culturally competent perspective to share this issue, and emphasizes a focus on empowerment and stigma reduction.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) Learn the importance of cultural competence in providing services

2) See the impact of changing consequences on the rehabilitation of individuals

3) See our coalition's impact on the community that they can carry on to their communities

31st Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 17th Prevention Day


Noora Iskander
Youth Member
ASAP Community Coalition
Hassan Chamas
Youth Member
Access Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Community Coalition
Sandy Akanan
Youth Member
Access Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Community Coalition