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.