Community Organizing for Prevention

This program takes an evidence-based shared risk and protective factor approach to preventing substance misuse in Colorado. Grantees are implementing one of these approaches:
  • Communities That Care, a proven community organizing model that guides communities through a proven five-phase change process. 

  • Upstream policy change strategies to implement locally, helping to reduce risk and promote protective factors which will prevent future substance misuse and violence among youth.

Using prevention science as its base, the program promotes health equity through youth development, improved youth outcomes, and reduced problem behaviors.


Get involved

Contact the listed grantee in your area to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

  • Community Organizing for Prevention in Colorado contact list (grant period 2021-2026)

  • Communities That Care in Colorado contact list (grant period 2016-2021)


Risk and Protective Factor Profiles

State and regional profiles on scientifically-validated risk and protective factors that influence the likelihood of substance abuse, violence, and mental well-being outcomes. These scaled indicators use data from the 2019 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) pertinent to taking an evidence-based approach to prevention and implementing the Communities That Care (CTC) model.


CDPHE received funding from the marijuana tax cash fund to support substance abuse prevention among youth using a shared risk and protective factor approach. Communities That Care is a community-based prevention model that was evaluated across the country with significant results, including preventing youth substance use initiation and youth crime and violence. This model helps local communities assess the specific risk and protective factors among the youth in their communities. The communities then pick from a menu of effective, evidence-based programs and strategies to address the specific needs of local youth.


Recent RFA

The Community Organizing for Prevention Program selected a new round of grantees for 2021-2026 funding in the Fall of 2020. A new request for applications (RFA #32174) is available for funding two options to address substance misuse prevention using a shared risk and protective factor approach (July 2021 through June 2026). 


Contact us

Reach out to Marc.Morgan@state.co.us if you have any questions about the Colorado Community Organizing for Prevention coaching team.