What We Do
To achieve its vision of a healthy, vibrant Transylvania County, free of substance abuse and underage drinking, the C.A.R.E. Coalition strives to create environmental change; that is, change that impacts the community as a whole, focusing on increasing the “protective factors” for youth.
See our Annual Reports for specific accomplishments.
These research- and evidence-based activities fall under one or more of the strategies below:
Seven Strategies to Effect Community Change
1. Provide information—Educational presentations, workshops or seminars, and data or media presentations (e.g., public service announcements, brochures, billboard campaigns, community meetings, town halls, forums, Web-based communication).
2. Enhance skills—Workshops, seminars or activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members and staff (e.g., training, technical assistance, distance learning, strategic planning retreats, parenting classes, model programs in schools).
3. Provide support—Creating opportunities to support people to participate in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., providing alternative activities, mentoring, referrals for services, support groups, youth clubs, parenting groups, Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous).
4. Enhance access/reduce barriers**—Improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability and opportunity to utilize systems and services (e.g., access to treatment, childcare, transportation, housing, education, special needs, cultural and language sensitivity).
5. Change consequences (incentives/disincentives)—Increasing or decreasing 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, individual and business rewards, taxes, citations, fines, revocations/loss of privileges).
6. Change physical design—Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance
protection (e.g., parks, landscapes, signage, lighting, outlet density).
7. Modify/change policies—Formal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules or laws with written
documentation and/or voting procedures (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change within government, communities and organizations).
**Note: This strategy also can be utilized when it is turned around to reducing access/enhancing