#1 Providing Information
Educational presentations, workshops or seminars or other presentations of data (e.g., public announcements, brochures, billboards, community meetings, forums, Web-based communication).
How? Last year 30 community organizations heard a presentation of the data, health consequences and possible solutions. The coalition has held 4 Town Hall meetings, information has been distributed to schools, libraries, city offices and retail locations.
#2 Enhancing Skills
Workshops, seminars, or other activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members and staff needed to achieve population level outcomes (e.g., training, technical assistance, distance learning, strategic planning retreats, curricula development).
How? As a coordinator I have attended several conferences since the start of the grant. This information was shared with coalition members and the community. In January, the community will have the opportunity to take "Prime for Life"-alcohol education classes. Responsible Beverage Server/Seller Training is a free service offered twice annually.
#3 Providing Support
Creating opportunities to support people to participate in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., providing alternative activities, mentoring, referrals, support groups, or clubs).
How? Four school districts in our area have youth organizations supporting those who choose to resist risky behavior. A Mentoring program is now offered in Chickasaw County.
#4 Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers
Improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability, and opportunity to utilize those systems and services (e.g., assuring health care, childcare, transportation, housing, justice, education, safety, special needs, cultural and language sensitivity).
How? Chickasaw County strives to provide the best possible programs to those who quallify and need it.
#5 Changing Consequences (incentives/disincentives)
Increasing or decreasing the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., increasing public recognition for deserved behavior, individual and business rewards, taxes, citations, fines, revocations/loss of privilege).
How? Through enforcement strategies-see earlier blog.
#6 Physical Design
Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., parks, landscapes, signage, lighting, outlet density).
How? Through Safety at Community Events-see earlier blog
#7 Modifying/Changing Policies
Formal change in written procedures, bylaws, proclamations, rules or laws with written documentation and/or voting procedures (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change within government, communities, and organizations).
How? Policy revisions-schools can take a look at amending or strengthening polices to send a clear message of what is expected. Consistent enforcement of those policies is a must.