Lakeshore Regional EntityPrevention Profile/Philosophy: 

Mobilize the community around the issue of Substance Abuse Prevention in Allegan, Kent, Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa Counties.  The role of the Prevention Specialist/Coordinator is to impact community level change (e.g. changing attitudes and perception).  This is done through planning, funding, collaboration; ultimately building prevention capacity and infrastructure at the local level by partnership with the State via the Office of Recovery Oriented System of Care and local stakeholders.

What is the Region Trying to Accomplish in Prevention?

Fund “Outcome Based” prevention programs, policies and practices. There is a significant State and National movement towards outcome-based prevention practices. The ability to evaluate and measure our effectiveness in providing prevention services is paramount.

Sustain a Community Anti Drug Coalition in each of the assigned counties while facilitating the development of community wide Strategic and annual action plans Kent County goal areas: Youth Marijuana, Youth Alcohol, Adult Heavy Drinking, Data Systems, Capacity / Partnership and Emerging Issues.  Lake/Mason/Oceana County goal areas:  Underage Drinking, Prescription Drugs, and Illicit Drug use.  Allegan/Ottawa/Muskegon County goals areas: Underage Drinking, Prescription Drugs, and Early Initiation of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD)

Utilize a “Planning Process” to create local systems change. This planning process increases capacity (skills and abilities) and organizes infrastructure (agencies, staff, and other resources) in local communities to create positive, lasting population level change involving substance use and abuse.

Engage local communities in Data Driven Decision Making to reach prevention outcomes. Communities utilize local, regional, state, and national data to identify needs, develop plans, and allocate resources.

Key Role

  • Community organizer

  • Encourage the community to reduce its substance abuse / misuse problems

  • Build a base and foster relationships to advocate the issues regarding SA prevention

  • Engage the community in “community based” problem solving

  • Encourage grass roots approach to solving community issues (community anti drug coalition)

  • Planning / implementation of a community health model impacting population level change

  • System transformation 

Major Responsibilities

  • Mobilizer

  • Support

  • Educate

  • Empower

  • Influence 

Coordinator / Planner (create, form, transform):

  • Facilitator

  • Convener

  • Community Team member

  • Relationship builder

  • Broker

  • Organizer

  • Plan (strategic:  annual planning, target population, geographic, services)

Contract Management*

  • Track data

  • Monitor data / contract services

  • Coach providers

  • Technical advisor

  • Data analysis

  • Fiscal management

  • Procurement

Define, negotiate, plan, and determine services

Region 3 Prevention Providers:

Allegan County

  • Allegan County Community Mental Health

Kent County

  • Arbor Circle

  • Cherry Street Health Services

  • Family Outreach Center

  • Kent County Health Department

  • Network180

  • Wedgwood

Lake, Mason and Oceana County

  • District Health Department #10

 Muskegon County

  • Mercy Health-Health Project

  • Pathways, MI

  • Public Health Muskegon County

Ottawa County

  • Ottawa County Department of Public Health

  • Pathways, MI