Red de Coaliciones Comunitarias de Mexico (www.coaliciones.org)
- The key aim of this effort is to develop independent coalitions capable of prioritizing, planning and implementing substance abuse prevention strategies to shift community level attitudes, perceptions and norms to reduce drug use. ABC partnered with Programa Compañeros AC and other key institutions in Mexico including the National Commission against Addictions (CONADIC) to address the disparity in access to quality substance abuse and violence prevention services across Mexico. Funds from the United States Department of State through the Anti-Narcotic Affairs at the US Embassy in Mexico were used to develop local coalitions that connect multiple sectors including parents, teachers, youth, schools, media, health providers, social services agencies, and government agencies. The Coalitions improve health and safety by implementing strategic efforts to reduced substance abuse and violence.
- The Alliance of Border Collaboratives is a founding member and actively continues to works with the Binational Breastfeeding Coalition, a group of health professionals that are committed to the mission to protect and promote breastfeeding on the El Paso/Juárez border as the natural and expected means of feeding human infants.
- To strengthen community resources and address HIV and drug use and in the region, ABC leads the El Paso Harm Reduction Alliance (EPHRA). The EPHRA has substantial evidence in the context of drug use and high-risk behaviors. We recognize that there is considerable injection drug use in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. In consequence, we began to implement secondary needle exchange, led by volunteers in active substance use. Shortly after, we opened a community naloxone dispensary in the El Paso, making it the first and only dispensary within a 100-mile radius. More than just a naloxone dispensary, we were quickly recognized by peers as an underground syringe service program. EPHRA is committed to improve access to free syringes and drug use equipment in our border region to decrease new HIV and HCV diagnoses, overdoses, and overdose deaths among people who use drugs.
- NESAC was initiated by community leaders in 2012 to meet the needs of the population at high-risk for substance abuse and alcohol in El Paso County. Many of the members of NESAC tackle some of the most salient issues associated with substance abuse in the area such as youth arrest, school dropout rates, and others risks. The main NESAC goals are: (1) To strengthen collaboration among public/private non-profit, federal, state, and local agencies as well as the community to prevent and reduce substance use among youth (defined as individual 18 years of age and younger); and (2) To reduce substance use among youth by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. Northeast Substance Abuse collaborators include: High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), Project Vida, El Paso Police Department (EPPD) and area high schools.
Binational Breastfeeding Coalition
Harm Reduction Coalition
Northeast Substance Abuse Collaborative (NESAC)