NHS Cares, a nonprofit based in the New Hope – Solebury community, began in March, 2008, as a group
of parents, youth, teachers, administrators, clergy, law enforcement, and community members who
were concerned that students were using and, in some cases abusing, alcohol and other drugs. Based upon these
observations, it was determined that a strong and unified community response was necessary.
Some 8 years later, the organization is still going strong, focused on reducing underage drinking and substance use
amongst the community’s youth.
In the fall of 2015, NHS Cares received a federal grant to help sustain this very important work, potentially for the next
10 years. Known as the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, the grant operates under the following
premise: local problems require local solutions. The federal government looks to local organizations, such as NHS
Cares, to determine the unique local problems and the solutions that go along with them. The goals are twofold: to
strengthen collaboration among community entities and reduce substance use among youth. In February 2017, NHS Cares celebrated
their graduation from CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, a three week training on the Strategic Prevention Framework, along with
190 coalitions from around the USA at the CADCA Forum in National Harbor, MD.
The approach is multi-pronged: community education, community collaboration, and environmental
change. Our coalition is working to increase protective factors that mitigate risks for our young people. According to
current national data, rates of substance abuse have declined significantly in DFC grant communities.
All DFC community coalitions have one thing in common: the involvement of just about everyone in
the community, as it truly does “take a village.” We need your ideas and energy as we strive to
educate our parents and youth, establish healthy community norms, and create policies and practices
that will help us maintain a safe and healthy environment for our children.
The DFC Program is a collaborative effort between the Executive Office of the President’s ONDCP (Office of National
Drug Control Policy) and Department of Health and Human Services’ SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Coalition meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except July and August) in the High
School library and are open to the public.
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coalition Staff: Project Director: Andrea delaFlor, email@example.com; Project Coordinator: Dori Dugan, firstname.lastname@example.org; Project Coordinator: Joanne Reszka, email@example.com
NHS Cares Coalition Meeting Minutes 2015-16