A word about cultural competence as it relates to sustainability

The relationship between sustainability and cultural competence deserves special attention, because they need to be managed closely and tend not to receive their fair share of attention. Both should be addressed at every stage of your coalition’s work—from assessment through evaluation.

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

Continue “Engineering Healthy Communities” with CADCA at our 27th annual National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA’s 13th Prevention Day.

Save the date for Feb. 6-9, 2017 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. area.

A coalition in Putnam County, Tennessee, has reduced smoking, underage drinking, and medicine abuse by using the Power of Putnam.

A five-year evaluation of the coalition’s Partnerships for Success project showed marked improvement in substance use amongst high school students:

Whether your coalition has $1 million in the bank or is barely getting by on a “shoestring” budget, the idea of more funds coming into your coalition is an enticing one. And, whether your coalition services a rural county or the urban core, you, too, can be a fundraiser. How, you ask? Because coalition fundraising is very much about connecting the coalition’s mission with the interests of potential stakeholder organizations and people and then building lasting relationships with those stakeholders.

CADCA is revving up our membership engagement by launching a Member-Get-A-Member campaign next week. CADCA aims to reach high as we further our efforts to make our communities safe, healthy, and drug free. And as we continue to lead the way in substance abuse prevention, we know that expanding our coalition reach must remain a top priority.

CADCA launched a job board to assist coalition leaders looking for their next opportunity. Anyone can view the job board, but only members can post new jobs.

Here is a sample of a job posted on our board:

Florida Coalition Seeking Project Director

This position will oversee the prevention activities and sustainability of Drug Free Manatee including outreach, prevention service delivery, capacity building, empowerment, community action and systems change.

The substance abuse prevention field is at a crossroads. In this time of healthcare reform, the opportunity exists to combat substance abuse and related harms with concerted, community-based and comprehensive efforts to change norms, behaviors, systems and contexts that contribute to substance abuse problems in our communities. The purpose of this paper is to discuss how a truly comprehensive response to substance use and abuse in our country can be implemented.

Are you a new or seasoned coalition leader seeking to improve upon the knowledge and skills that will ensure your success? Would you like support with strengthening your coalition’s existing products or processes? Are you interested in building a new coalition to improve the health of your community? Did you return from attending CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute in Indianapolis and you are trying to figure out how to transfer all of that great training content into your work?

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will provide grants of up to $200,000 to community collaborations and initiatives nationwide that have used shared data and information to increase their capacity for planning, implementing, and evaluating health improvement activities.

The focus is on helping community collaborations to strengthen data and information sharing among partners, engage additional partners across and beyond traditional health sectors, and build sustainable capacity.