Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New guide available about mobilizing communities

People Power: Mobilizing Communities for Policy Change is a new, free publication from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).  This publication provides an overview of the steps associated with engaging in community mobilizing to implement environmental strategies with a particular emphasis on adopting alcohol, tobacco, and drug (ATD) policies at the community level.

Why a guide about community mobilization and policy change?  The guide starts by explaining: What can communities do when faced with issues such as underage drinking, drinking and driving, misuse of prescription drugs, proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries and other similar concerns?  As a result of the growing body of research demonstrating the effectiveness of population level interventions, also called environmental strategies, funders in the ATD field are increasingly looking to community coalitions to adopt these strategies as a central part of their work.  

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