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Our mission is to prevent and reduce substance abuse while promoting health and wellness throughout the county, especially among our youth.
This goal is accomplished through developing community partnerships that implement comprehensive
multi-strategy approaches ultimately resulting in positive community change.
To Establish and strengthen collaboration among Hardee County Drug Prevention Coalition’s partner organizations in support of the community’s effort to prevent and reduce substance use among youth; and (2) Reduce substance use among youth in Hardee County, FL, and over time reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the community issues that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
The Coalition will achieve its goals through the following objectives:
(1) Identify underutilized stakeholders and recruit targeted grassroots leaders using individualized planning worksheets designed to attract each potential member by stating: how the sector can benefit from coalition efforts, how the coalition can benefit from the sector’s involvement and what opportunities for collaboration exist. (2) Strengthen organizational structure and increase key skills among coalition members with an emphasis on assessment, implementation and evaluation. (3) Recruit new coalition members by increasing access and eliminating barriers in order to more accurately reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our County. (4) Mobilize coalition partners to improve practices for the collection, organization and maintenance of local substance use related data in order to identify trends as well as monitor and evaluate initiatives on reducing substance use. (5) Mobilize and organize coalition partners to increase community access to literature, support materials and other prevention resources. (6) Implement social marketing and media campaign among youth directed at correcting misperceptions about youth substance use. (7) Decreasing favorable parental attitudes toward underage drinking and marijuana use among youth by increasing education and awareness of the health, social, economic and legal consequences. (8) Decrease youth access to alcohol and marijuana by working with law enforcement to address policies and practices identified as primary risk.
303 W. MAIN STREET, SUITE 1
WAUCHULA, FL 33873