Congratulations to Pat Crowley of Orleans County Drug Free Communities Coalition and Dan Webb of Catalyst Research for a great presentation at CADCA Forum!
The Western New York Prevention Resource Center (WNY PRC) is one of six regional centers throughout New York State. The PRC collaborates with community stakeholders in the development of new coalitions and supports established community coalitions as they work to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This is accomplished by providing both technical assistance and training to coalition partners while supporting partnerships between prevention providers, schools, and community groups.
A coalition is a unified group of people who share common interests, with a desire to create a positive transformation or change within their community. A coalition member acts as an agent for change to achieve agreed upon needs, solutions, and outcomes. Coalitions can mobilize at a local level using a comprehensive data-driven approach to make their communities safe, drug-free and healthier.
The delivery of prevention services in New York state is accomplished through a system consisting of some 180 providers operating in a variety of settings, including schools, community-based organizations and embedded in the community at large. The prevention providers deliver a wide range of services, including evidence-based education programs, skills development workshops, training sessions for parents, teachers, and other professionals, positive alternative activities for youth, as well as policy change and enforcement efforts to reduce underage drinking.