Capacity Primer: Building Membership, Structure and Leadership

This primer provides clear guidelines to help your coalition build the capacity needed to develop and carry out a comprehensive community plan to reduce substance abuse rates. It describes the components of a coherent plan related to your coalition’s strategies and priorities for capacity building.





The CADCA Community is a members-only forum designed specifically to provide unique networking opportunities, share resource and learn from another.

When it rains in New York, it pours. At least that’s what the South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse (SOCASA) coalition has experienced with its Rx and heroin epidemic.

Co-Executive Directors Victoria Shaw and Susan Maher and their coalition had already been working on implementing strategies to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse for years, but they knew they had to not only raise awareness of the opioid issue, but engage with their community to address what they called “The Perfect Storm.”

Preventing substance abuse and addiction is hard enough in the United States, but being a preventionist in a country ravaged by years of turmoil can be a monumental challenge.

In Iraq, the Together to Protect Human & the Environment Association, which was established in 2005, has worked on solving a number of local problems. They began collaborating with the young people, then with other private and public sector representatives.

Learn how to ‘Accentuate the Positive – Conflict Management for Coalition Leaders’ at CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute next month. CADCA’s Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO, Dr. John L. Harrison, Sr., will share his decades of military experience and leadership expertise in this unique course offered for a full work day as individual sessions Aug. 4-5.

CADCA still has several scholarships available for members of your coalition’s law enforcement sector to attend CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute Aug. 2-6 in Indianapolis.

The scholarship will cover a complimentary registration to attend the four-day training event.

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute offers half-day and two-day courses for new, established and veteran drug prevention professionals in eight subject areas.

CADCA has announced the redesign of Research into Action. The redesign highlights new content featuring researcher and coalition leader insights. The new layout features an easier to read, more compact layout, brighter colors that match the redesign of CADCA’s website, new graphics to better highlight information, easier to read fonts and photographs of contributors.

Find the best way your community coalition can assist college and university officials address alcohol and drug prevention.

Coalition Core Essentials is an online course intended for coalition leaders, staff, volunteers, and partners. This course is based on the curriculum trained during CADCA's National Coalition Academy, though this course does not serve as a replacement for the Academy experience.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Smokers inhale over 7,000 chemical compounds and at least 70 of those are known to cause cancer. This online course is designed to teach participants how to disseminate counter-marketing communication strategies related to tobacco.