Kent County Prevention Coalition
Why the Work?
Kent County has learned firsthand the value and importance of community coalitions to reduce public health issues like substance abuse and misuse. Since 2006, the Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC), with the assistance of its coordinating agency network180, has brought together 25 member organizations who represent 12 core sectors – youth under the age of 18, parents, businesses, media, schools/universities, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious/fraternal organizations, civic/volunteer organizations, healthcare, and government. This village-like framework has changed community conditions, norms, systems and policies in landmark ways. Kent County knows PREVENTION WORKS!
Mission & Vision
The coalition’s mission is to build a healthier community by preventing and reducing harmful substance use behaviors in Kent County, focusing on youth. The vision is to promote a healthier community for all by developing a substance abuse prevention system that fills gaps in services, prioritizes resources and reduces overlap. Not only does prevention work, but community coalition-building and collaborative problem-solving are proven to prevent and reduce the onset of substance use disorders
The KCPC’s greatest work to-date has been the mobilization of hundreds of community youth in the creation of a local movie, Above the Influence-Kent County, which celebrates the choices Kent County youth make daily to live above the negative influences around them. Through the advancement of the Above the Influence-Kent County movement, the coalition creates spaces for even the most vulnerable to use their voice to make a difference.
The Kent County Prevention Coalition meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. For more information or to receive monthly e-news please contact staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org.