Concepts and methods used in the Taking Charge manual
are similar to those found in two CSAP-approved best practices
listed in NREPP (National Registry of Effective Prevention
Programs): CMCA (Communities Mobilizing Against Alcohol) and
the RHRD (Reducing High Risk Drinking) projects.
The CMCA project (School of Public Health, University
of Minnesota) uses specific documentation of AOD risk
environments (e.g., documentation of sales to underaged
purchasers at specific alcohol outlets) to mobilize community
action to require mitigations of the problems by the
owner/manager of the specific risk-environment (e.g.,
mobilizing parents to insist on better enforcement and
retailer education). Taking Charge follows this approach
by elaborating it into two complementary forms of action:
An alcohol/drug policy working group (APWG) composed of
public agencies (see p.25 of the Action Guide) focuses
the city’s (or other jurisdiction’s) authority
to act, and a community coalition composed of concerned
organizations, groups, and individuals (also p. 25) focus
the community’s will to act. These two forces combined
create a powerful resource to activate the basic mitigation
concepts in CMCA.
The RHRD (Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute
for Research and Evaluation) uses a combination of policy
and environmental management methods to discourage high-risk
drinking at the community level, including local regulation of
retail availability, media advocacy, responsible beverage
services training, increased enforcement and community o
rganizing to advocate greater oversight and local control
for community alcohol availability. These policies and methods
are well represented in Taking Charge, including direct links to
RHRD references and resources at the Prevention Research Center,
source of the RHRD approach.
One of Taking Charge’s authors, Fried Wittman,
Ph.D., M.Arch., did preliminary research and helped write
the RHRD proposal while on staff at Prevention Research Center
1983-1988. Dr. Wittman also consulted briefly on the CMCA
project in its early stages as an NIAAA “Community
Trials” project in the early 1990s.
TAKING CHARGE curricula
TAKING CHARGE brochure
Success stories of prevention in the field.
View our first story.