Winnebago County Drug & Alcohol Coalition's primary mission is to prevent and reduce youth and adult substance use. Officially formed by passionate community members in 2017, the coalition is comprised of a Steering Team and several action teams.
The Steering Team is made up of 13 individuals and is responsible for decision making and overall direction of the coalition. Individuals on the Steering Team are nominated and voted into this position, and serve alternating 2-year terms with opportunity to extend their service.
The Steering Team meets monthly to evaluate efforts, discuss initiatives, and ensure the mission is the center focus of coalition activities. Steering Team members also work outside of regular meetings to advance the work of the coalition which includes attending webinars and workshops, conferences, building community relationships, supporting partners and gathering community level data.
Action Teams are developed to target specific areas of need, or specific projects. Some meet regularly and some meet only as needed based on projects and initiatives. Each action team has a Chair, and the Chair attends the Steering Team meeting to provide a committee report. While each Action Team has some ability to make decisions and take on initiatives, they are required to report to the Steering Team for financial requests and to ensure the initiatives of each group is working toward the larger goal of the coalition.
The Prevention Team is focused on spreading awareness throughout and educating the community on the impact of substance use. The prevention team works with youth serving organizations, schools, parents, and community partners to engage with and educate youth.
The Treatment & Recovery Team is focused on providing a space for treatment & recovery providers to network, identify opportunities for collaboration and work towards enhancing the resources available to those who need them.
The Communication Team is focused on coalition communications including website, social media and printed publications and addressing media requests. The communication team meets semi-regularly based on projects and needs.
The Data Team is focused on gathering, analyzing and sharing data with the coalition and community partners, and working with the communication team to share the data with the community in a meaningful way. One of the data team's projects lead to the Winnebago County OFR (overdose fatality review) team, which is now a mentor site for OFR teams across the nation!