Chittenden Prevention Network (CPN) is a collective of prevention coalitions and public health organizations focused on preventing substance abuse and misuse in our county. Our organizations have joined together, using a collective impact model to improve public education, policy and practice, and to 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.
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!