Coalition & Grant Information

Model of Strategic Prevention Framework

Model of Strategic Prevention Framework

A coalition is a group of people who have joined together for a common purpose. By bringing together different sectors of the community, The Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition works effectively to develop comprehensive solutions for Meridian’s unique substance abuse problems. Our goal is to achieve sustainable population-level reductions in substance abuse rates, with a special focus on reducing youth use rates. Our emphasis is on implementing community wide strategies to change problem environments, in addition to developing prevention programs that focus on serving individuals or groups of individuals.

With the help of the Idaho National Guard and the Idaho Office of Drug Policy, we administer an annual assessment of the coalition. Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy based on continuous improvement. A Kaizen approach, implemented with a coalition, creates an opportunity to improve performance. A key strength of the Kaizen approach is that everyone involved is a part of the improvement process. Research shows that there are key processes in coalition work that are central to achieving results. The Coalition Kaizen provides a group assessment and identifies how a team can become more efficient at those coalition processes research has shown are important to achieving population-level change.



Grant Funding

Skills Required to Implement the Strategic Prevention Framework

Skills Required to Implement the Strategic Prevention Framework

Most recently The Meridian Anti-Drug coalition was the recipient of a federal Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) totaling almost $400,000 over a four year term. In years past, the coalition was awarded a Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC) totaling over $500,000 distributed over a five year period.

The model on the right shows the structure of the SPF framework, which guides the skills required to successfully implement the coalitions strategic plan. There is an emphasis on the reduction of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse. Representation from twelve or more sector representatives on the coalition’s Executive Committee is a vital and sustainable foundation to the structure of the coalition. This foundation stems from the DFC grant.

These two grants have been instrumental in building the coalition’s sustainability allowing them to continue their work strengthening the community through substance abuse prevention.