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CPYD Subcommittees: The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) In Action

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

By Marian Lopez, CCPRD Office Manager

Elk Grove Township Subcommittee Meeting at Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village, IL in 2019.

The Communities for Positive Youth Development (CPYD) Coalition was formed in May 2014 as a result of a community town hall meeting on underage drinking. CPYD has since grown into a collaboration of community partners who share the common goal of positive youth development, including a lifestyle that is free of alcohol, drugs, and other substances and promotes diverse recovery support services across the lifespan.

While the coalition meets every other month, virtually due to COVID-19 guidelines, there are many other ways to continue to be involved! We are always looking for members to join our subcommittees where they can have an active role in the Strategic Prevention Framework which has allowed the CPYD coalition to address positive youth development, substance use prevention, and recovery support services in our communities. New to coalition-building? Check out the CADCA Community Coalition Handbook to learn more.

What is the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the SPF’s seven elements guide coalitions in developing the infrastructure needed for community-based public health approaches leading to effective and sustainable reductions in substance use. The elements include:

  • Assessment: Collect data to define problems, resources, and readiness within a geographic area to address needs and gaps.

  • Capacity: Mobilize and/or build capacity within a geographic area to address needs.

  • Planning: Develop a comprehensive strategic plan that includes policies, programs, and practices creating a logical, data-driven plan to address problems identified in the assessment.

  • Implementation: Implement evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices.

  • Evaluation: Measure the impact of SPF and its implemented programs, policies, and practices.

  • Cultural Competence: Interact effectively with members of diverse populations.

  • Sustainability: Achieve and maintain long-term results.

Following this framework has allowed the coalition to see significant reductions in underage drinking between 2015 and 2020 in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Palatine, learn more here. We hope to continue to see these reductions through our Substance Use Prevention Services (SUPS) and Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP Act) grants.

CPYD’s Data and Strategic Planning Subcommittee

With that being said, we are always looking for members to join our Data and Strategic Planning Subcommittee! We are a small group of community stakeholders who meet every other month to discuss and provide feedback on activities such as coalition recruitment, member engagement, action plan development, and community engagement and partnerships and so much more. Currently, our active members include representatives from:

If you are interested in learning more about the Data and Strategic Planning Subcommittee or attending the next meeting on February 17, 2021, at 11:30 AM please contact Marian Lopez.

Other CPYD Subcommittees

For more information about CPYD’s Positive Youth Development (PYD) subcommittee (Hanover Park) please reach out to Esteban Diaz.

For more information on CPYD’s Elk Grove Township Subcommittee, please contact Nicole Barrett.

We are always looking for new members that represent a variety of different community sectors to provide valuable insight and are incredibly grateful to our dedicated members’ commitment to the coalition’s vision for “a healthy, safe, supportive, and productive community.” May 2021 be our best year yet!

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