Healthcare Professionals

Building a quality relationship with a local substance misuse prevention coalition gives you an opportunity to integrate the medical point of view into the planning and execution of local strategies to reduce substance misuse and related problems in the community.

Why Should You Care?

Addressing substance misuse will:

  • Improve community health and wellness
  • Increase support for and wellness of public health and healthcare professionals
Why You Need to Help

Addressing substance misuse will:

  • Decrease public health and healthcare costs
  • Advocate for public policy

Opportunities For Collaboration

Communication

  • Provide communications to public health professionals
  • Develop publications/prevention materials for patients
  • Develop joint public health messages and materials
  • Host a policy panel

Training and Education

  • Provide primary healthcare
  • Offer free screening, education and prevention training
  • Develop training on proper prescribing practices
  • Collaborate on public education efforts

Resources

  • Provide primary health services
  • Provide pro bono treatment/indigent care
  • Referral activities
  • Provide and analyze public health data and statistics

Community Change

  • Advocate for public wellness
  • Change ATOD practice and policies – increase access to ATOD services
  • Shape public health policy on local, state and national levels
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