The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) has a long history of supporting and assisting DFC funded communities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced funding for Drug-Free Community Support Program Grants, with applications due April 11, 2022. The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) has a long history of supporting DFC funded communities in reaching their primary goals of:
- Establishing and strengthening collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth
- Reducing substance use among youth and, over time, reducing substance use among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increases the risk of substance use and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance use
The CHSC can assist in building the capacity of your coalition and increasing engagement through in-person and virtual training opportunities such as:
Positive Culture Framework (PCF) - providing a foundation for efforts to reduce substance use including a process and core skills to improve effectiveness.
- Communication – understanding the underlying theory driving individual behavior and a seven-step process for developing effective communication efforts including conversations, speaking points, presentations, and media campaigns
- Leadership - focusing on three specific areas of prevention leadership: raising concern about the issue being addressed while providing hope that change is possible; shifting the focus of prevention from changing an individual, to one where change is taking place across the systems in a community to create transformation; and, creating environments where people choose healthier and safer behaviors.
- Integration - providing an opportunity and tools to map current prevention strategies in a way that reveals gaps in services and systems, as well as providing tips on how to align and leverage prevention strategies for greater impact.
The Science of Stigma Training - understanding how stigma is associated with a variety of negative social and health outcomes; why certain conditions and issues become stigmatized; how stigma is a barrier to progress on social issues in the field of substance misuse; and how stigma can be reduced to better serve our communities. Register for our next virtual Stigma training on May 25th here.
Assessment is a critical part of working to prevent substance use within communities. The CHSC has a multi-disciplinary team of researchers focused on developing and conducting a family of surveys to assess cultural factors that influence underage drinking and substance use. These surveys are designed for students, school staff and teachers, parents, community members, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and alcohol retailers. Together, they provide a more accurate understanding of the social ecology influencing youth behaviors in a community.
Communities often find that ongoing support and guidance from our specialists at the CHSC contribute to their success. Our guide service offers a trained personal consultant to support efforts to improve the health and safety of communities. Through regular coordination and correspondence, our guide becomes familiar with your prevention initiatives and provides regular support through planning, assessing, implementation, and evaluation.
The Center for Health and Safety Culture is here to support the incredible work you do to help keep our communities healthy and safe. If you’d like to partner with us in your efforts to reduce substance use, please reach out at mail@CHSCulture.org or fill out the form below.