Community Readiness indicators for Prevention System Re-design Cohort I

On October 14, 2010, participants in Cohort I of DBHR's Prevention System Re-design - and other interested parties - met to discuss several elements crucial to new initiative's design.
Among other topics, participants engaged in a lively discussion about how to measure community readiness for prevention. The summary of that discussion follows.
In addition to the items listed below, what other elements/factors need to be considered when determining if a community is ready to implement a comprehensive prevention program?
Summary of community readiness conversation from October 14, 2010 meeting:
"Suggested community readiness indicators include an existing coalition with a significant number of active DFC-related sectors in place. In the absence of a fully functioning, formally-defined coalition, readiness could include identification of key leaders ready to commit to participating in a new coalition.
Two phases of community selection:

  1. Mobilize the community once it is selected, by asking for commitments from sector representatives to move forward; and,
  2. Identify the community that meets criteria of both need and readiness;

Decision: Cohort will document sector willingness to participate from a minimum of 8 of the 12 DFC sectors. DBHR will provide a sample of the MOU template used in the past by the DFC program if people choose to use such a template. Most effectively, each MOU will include an individualized description of the sector representative's contribution as well as mutual expectations and deliverables.
Question: In large counties can we focus on more than two communities?
Decision: It is up to you, but may be complicated by needs and financial constraints of ESDs."


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