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Coalition Development and Policy Success in Rural Communities

Thursday, February 6, 2020
2:45 PM
4:00 PM
Chesapeake J-L


This session will describe coalition development in rural communities. How do you get the “buy-in” from the community, and who should represent your coalition? How should coalitions empower youth to invoke policy change? This is a real-world, rural example. A power-mapping/fish-bone diagram will be utilized to train coalition members on ways to determine where and how to invite people to the table for your coalition's objectives. This session can benefit anyone that wants to develop or enhance a coalition by defining (or designing) a group that’s big and meaningful enough to justify collaboration and policy change.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training session, the learner will be able to:

1) Develop a coalition in a community.
2) Develop a power map and fish-bone diagram in order to develop a coalition.
3) Identify stakeholders and youth to promote policy changes in rural communities.

30th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 16th Prevention Day


Melanie Dickens, MS
Health Services Administrator I
Alabama Department of Public Health/Smoke-Free Schools