What is a Coalition?

In simplest terms, a coalition is a group of individuals and organizations with a common interest to work together toward a common goal.

The Anne Arundel County substance abuse prevention coalitions consist of community members and organizations who collaborate together to prevent underage drinking, binge drinking, and Opioid misuse throughout the County using the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework (MSPF) model.

Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework (MSPF)

The MSPF Process is a five-step process:

  1. Community Needs Assessment: A systematic gathering and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data about the community served for the purpose of identifying and addressing alcohol problems.
  2. Capacity: Types and levels of resources within a community and the community’s readiness to engage in and support prevention efforts.
  3. Strategic Planning: A written logic model that examines substance-related consequences, intervening variables and contributing factors that result in the selection of evidence-based strategies, programs, policies and practices.
  4. Implementation: The performance of evidence-based strategies, programs, policies and practices in the local community.
  5. Evaluation: Preparation and implementation of a local evaluation plan of evidence-based strategies put into place in the community.

The MSPF Implementation Principles are:

  • Systems-based approach
  • Capacity building/culturally competent infrastructure
  • Population-based outcomes
  • Evidence-based approach to program implementation
  • Community-level change
  • Populations across the lifespan

The MSPF Coalition Priorities:

  • To reduce the number of Maryland youth under 21 reporting past month alcohol use;
  • To reduce the number of youth 18 through 25 years old reporting past month binge drinking; and
  • To reduce prescription drug and heroin use among all ages

Strategies used:

  • Educate communities about drugs and alcohol and how these substances impact youth and the community
  • Promote prevention events, evidence-based articles, and informational material via social media and to local outlets
  • Host monthly meetings in each local community to discuss volunteer opportunities and current outreach efforts
  • Connect community members to organizations committed to substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Attend local events in the community to raise awareness about substance abuse prevention

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What is a Coalition?

In simplest terms, a coalition is a group of individuals and organizations with a common interest to work together toward a common goal.

The Anne Arundel County substance abuse prevention coalitions consist of community members who use evidence-based strategies and work together to prevent underage drinking, binge drinking, and opioid misuse in Anne Arundel County.

Strategies used:

  • Educate communities about drugs and alcohol and how these substances impact youth and the community
  • Promote prevention events, evidence-based articles, and informational material via social media and to local outlets
  • Host monthly meetings in each local community to discuss volunteer opportunities and current outreach efforts
  • Connect community members to organizations committed to substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Attend local events in the community to raise awareness about substance abuse prevention

What is a Coalition?

In simplest terms, a coalition is a group of individuals and organizations with a common interest to work together toward a common goal.

The Anne Arundel County substance abuse prevention coalitions consist of community members who use evidence-based strategies and work together to prevent underage drinking, binge drinking, and opioid misuse in Anne Arundel County.

Strategies used:

  • Educate communities about drugs and alcohol and how these substances impact youth and the community
  • Promote prevention events, evidence-based articles, and informational material via social media and to local outlets
  • Host monthly meetings in each local community to discuss volunteer opportunities and current outreach efforts
  • Connect community members to organizations committed to substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Attend local events in the community to raise awareness about substance abuse prevention