Ideas for Coalition Structure

June 25th, 2012 | Posted by karen in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

There are many ways to structure a coalition; by the same token, it’s never too late to take a step back and consider your coalition’s structure, and whether it still meets the needs of your community. Is it set up in a way that helps you achieve your goals? Are group processes and lines of communication clear to members? Do you have committees or work groups within the coalition, and if so, are they still meeting the group’s needs?

Two Alaska grantees have been generous enough to share their organization charts with us, as examples. Feel free to share these with your coalition as a way to start exploring what’s currently working for you, and where you might be able to strengthen the coalition even more. You can find them on the Tools and Resources page (http://alaskaspfsig.org/resources/), under Step 2: Capacity, “Helpful Tools.” Look for the links in that section called “Organization Chart Example: Homer Prevention Project,” and “Example Organization Chart: AICS Super Coalition.”

What has worked well when setting up a coalition in your community? What things have you changed to improve how the coalition functions?

Thanks to Susie Amundson for passing along these educational opportunities for SPF SIG grantees!

Underage Drinking Costs:

Tragic health, social, and economic problems result from the use of alcohol by youth. According to the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC), underage drinking is a causal factor in a host of serious problems, including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, and high-risk sex, to name a few. In addition, underage drinking cost U.S. taxpayers $62.0 billion in 2010 alone. Check out UDECT’s analysis of problems and costs associated with underage drinking in the U.S. and find out the consequences of underage drinking in Alaska at http://www.udetc.org/UnderageDrinkingCosts.asp

What Is A Social Host?

All of us have overheard adults say that they’d rather their teenagers drink at an adult-chaperoned home than on a back road or a beach. Adults who host parties where alcohol is served to youth on their property are dubbed social hosts. In efforts to hold adults responsible for contributing to illegal and unhealthy underage drinking, some communities are adopting social host ordinances. Because after all, underage drinking is also very much an adult problem! For up-to-date information and resources related to social hosting, check out MADD’s link at http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/social-host