The Coalition for a Healthy, Safe and Drug-Free Greater Hamilton

The Coalition for a Healthy, Safe and Drug-Free Greater Hamilton is a DFC Coalition, serves the communities that live within the 45011, 45013, and 45069 zip codes. The environmental strategies we use, help prevent adolescent drug use as additional unsafe behaviors. Our coalition is unique in that we have a strong youth coalition. Currently we have nine high school students using the Strategic Prevention Framework to create a strategic plan addressing prevention in two of the three high schools in our zip codes. One of the coalition's biggest accomplishments would be the work done in partnership with the Hamilton City Council that created the Hamilton City Ordinance banning the sale of medical marijuana within the city. The Coalition's strategic plan is based on Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets.

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use.  Since the passage of the DFC Act in 1997, the DFC Program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions and currently mobilizes nearly 9,000 community volunteers across the country. The philosophy behind the DFC Program is that local drug problems require local solutions.  With a small Federal investment, the DFC Program doubles the amount of funding through the DFC Program’s match requirement, to address youth substance use.  Recent evaluation data indicate that where DFC dollars are invested, youth substance use is lower.  Over the life of the DFC Program, youth living in DFC communities have experienced reductions in alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use. 

Watch our Youth Coalition in action.