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Building Healthy Communities

Building Healthy Communities

A Healthy Community

Healthy communities are built over time. Anyone who has lived in the same neighborhood for many years, or goes back home to visit family where they grew up knows that while some people or businesses stick around, the feel of a community changes. To help communities become healthy, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) recommends 7 strategies that affect the whole community:

  • Providing Information through educational presentations, workshops, or other data presentations


  • Building Skills with workshops or other activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members, and staff needed to achieve population-level  outcomes


  • Providing Support by creating opportunities that supports people to participate in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., providing alternative activities, support groups, or clubs)


  • Enhancing Access/ Reducing Barriers by improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability and opportunity to utilize those systems and services 


  • Changing Consequences (Incentives/Dicincentives) works to increase or decrease the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., increasing public recognition for deserved behavior)


  • Changing Physical Design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., parks, signage, outlet density)


  • Modifying/ Changing Policy includes formal change in wirtten procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules or laws with written documentation and/or voting procedures (e.g. Tobacco21, workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures)

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