Chittenden Prevention Network (CPN) is a group of five community coalitions focused on preventing substance abuse and misuse. With representation from Burlington, Charlotte, Essex, Hinesburg, Milton, Saint George, Shelburne, Williston, and Winooski, our organizations join together using collective impact to foster greater change and support healthy communities. Our mission is to work together to strengthen the collective impact of efforts across Chittenden County to support healthy communities and prevent substance misuse.
In 2013 the group jointly applied to and received a Partnership for Success Grant overseen by the Vermont Department of Health and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. This grant provides funding and a focus for the groups work, specifically working to address youth empowerment, prescription drug issues, and alcohol abuse in Chittenden County.
What is prevention?
Prevention work reduces the risk of substance misuse and abuse in our communities.
Approaches are varied, and include addressing both individual behavior and environmental factors. Prevention coalitions help community members develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make good choices or change harmful behaviors.
Environmental prevention strategies are tailored to the unique needs of each community. They address the root causes of risky behaviors by creating environments that make it easier to act in healthy ways.
When implemented effectively, these strategies create shifts in both individual attitudes and community norms that result in long-term success!