Friday, June 24, 2011

Community Approaches to Impaired Driving

When it comes to preventing drug and alcohol abuse, there is no one-fits-all approach. It takes solutions that are based on a community’s unique problems and circumstances. That’s why, since 1992 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has been training local grassroots groups, known as community anti-drug coalitions, in effective community problem-solving strategies, teaching them how to assess their local substance abuse-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to address them. Today, CADCA is the nation’s leading drug abuse prevention organization, representing the interests of more than 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions in the country.

CADCA offers resources to Coalition's across the nation. One of those resources is free webinars. These webinars provide an opportunity prevention educators and community members across the country to learn together and network with one another. This month's webinar is called "Community Approaches to Impaired Driving".

Comprehensive community interventions have shown significant reductions in alcohol problems, including driving after drinking among adolescents and adults. These community based efforts focus on environmental initiatives targeted at changing community systems (policies and practices) to better support and institutionalize underage drinking and problem consumption reduction.

In this interactive workshop, participants will review current research about the problem of impaired driving and the strategies that have been found to be most effective in addressing the problem. The presenter will describe different levels of policy change, and what to consider in order to select the best strategies to match specific local conditions in communities. The presenter will incorporate examples and activities throughout the session to provide opportunities to apply concepts.
Participants will learn:
  • Current research about the problem of impaired driving
  • Important data to collect in a community assessment to better understand the issue
  • "Best Practice" policy options for reducing impaired driving
  • Criteria for selecting interventions
  • Resources for technical assistance and further information

Community Approaches to Impaired Driving
Thursday, July 7
3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT
Presenters: Sharon O'Hara, CADCA Trainer; Jane Callahan, Director of CADCA's National Coalition Institute

Click here to register for the webinar!

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