Capacity Primer

Building Membership, Structure, Leadership and Cultural Competence

About the Course:

This primer provides clear guidelines for assisting a coalition to build the capacity needed to develop and carry out a comprehensive community plan to reduce substance abuse. It describes the components of a coherent plan related to a coalition’s strategies and priorities for capacity building.


Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

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Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute

About the Author:

CADCA’s National Coalition Institute serves as a center for training, technical assistance, evaluation, research, and capacity building for community anti-drug coalitions throughout the United States.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about building capacity within community anti-drug coalitions. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the process of building a strong coalition through membership selection and recruitment.

  2. Explain methods of organizing and structuring a coalition to maximize success.

  3. Identify important aspects of effective coalition leadership.

  4. Discuss the building of cultural competence in coalition work.

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