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Substance abuse is a complex public health issue that leaves many of today’s community organizations struggling and overwhelmed. With more Americans dying each year from drug overdoses than motor vehicle crashes, there’s a huge need for policy and communication teams to affect change at the local level. However, too often tight budgets lead to generalized messaging and outreach tactics. While initially appealing, the approach of reaching as many people as possible often lacks the message tailoring strategies needed to elicit behavior change. Developing an effective communication strategy can be challenging for anyone, especially community organizations working with limited planning and implementation budgets.
This presentation is an excerpt of the full training and provides an overview of the key steps in developing a substance abuse communication strategy.
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