CADCA developed an online Tobacco Use Prevention Toolkit, which is designed to provide coalitions and drug prevention practitioners with strategies and ideas they can implement to prevent and reduce tobacco use in their communities.
The toolkit uses as its basis CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change, providing actions and strategies coalitions can use for each of the seven steps to achieve community change. The toolkit’s content is based on an environmental approach, with strategies aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies.
The toolkit also includes fact sheets, success stories, and several helpful tools such as a sample logic model, a sample smoke-free ordinance and sample intervention maps to help coalitions craft their plan of action depending on the root causes of their community’s tobacco use problems and local conditions.
This is one of a series of primers based on the Strategic Planning Framework (SPF). CADCA utilizes the SPF to assist community coalitions in developing the infrastructure needed for community-based, public health approaches that can lead to effective and sustainable reductions in alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and abuse.
The primer focuses on the process that CADCA suggests community coalitions use to implement the planning element of SPF. This process produces strategic goals, objectives, outcomes, a logic model, a theory of change, a strategic plans and an action plan.
CADCA’s National Coalition Institute has outlined seven strategies that can bring about community change. Each of these strategies represents a key element to build and maintain a healthy community. In the planning process you can utilize all seven strategies to be as comprehensive as possible to achieve population-level change.
The National Cancer Institute provides a database of Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs). You can select types of locations, populations, and areas for intervention to identify specific interventions that have evidence of success. Content includes both educational interventions and descriptions of policy change promotion programs. Where appropriate, RTIPs links directly to Community Guide recommended strategies.
While RTIPs provides examples of programs and interventions, the Community Preventive Services Task Force systematically reviews evidence of public health issues and provides recommendations for strategies across programs and interventions. They report strategies we know work, strategies we know do not work, and strategies for which there is inadequate evidence. Their findings, based on both systematic reviews and expert opinion, are published online in the Community Guide to Preventive Services. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Community Guide hopes to promote the use of evidence-based approaches to improving population and community health.