ERIC Number: ED426161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
How Effects To Fight Substance Abuse Have Strengthened Civic Infrastructure. Lessons Learned Conferences Seminar Report (Washington, D.C., September 29-30, 1997).
Smith, Steven Rathgeb
A conference in Washington, D.C., brought together leaders from six communities to share their strategies to mobilize residents to fight substance abuse problems. The actions taken by community groups and leaders in the following cities are described: Portland (Oregon); Hampton (Virginia); Baltimore (Maryland); New Haven (Connecticut); Newark (New Jersey); and Kansas City (Missouri). In each of these cities, strengthening the community's civic infrastructure to respond to pressing issues was an unintended but positive outcome of efforts to reduce alcohol and drug abuse. The central strategy of these successful programs has been creating new social and professional networks to reduce substance abuse and crime in their communities. The following lessons can be drawn from the communities' experiences: (1) strategy matters, and a sound strategy is required to guide community efforts; (2) leadership is key to building and sustaining a healthy civic infrastructure; (3) public-private partnerships must exist; and (4) community accountability is crucial. Profiles of the six partnerships provide additional information about their implementation and operation. Suggestions are given for building civic infrastructure. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Community Action, Conferences, Networks, Prevention, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, Substance Abuse, Urban Areas, Urban Youth
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Join Together, Boston, MA.