Coalitions form when different sectors of a community work together to achieve mutual goals. Throughout the United States, thousands of coalitions have developed to create change and opportunities that promote health and wellness at the community level. Strong coalitions bring people together, focus on a community problem, build capacity and expand resources, and achieve better results than a single group or agency could do alone.

Substance abuse prevention coalitions aim to reduce substance abuse through the combined efforts of various community partners including parents, youth, schools, law enforcement, health care providers, local industry, and more.


NRVCS Prevention coordinates four local coalitions in the New River Valley:

Giles Youth Adult Partnership (GYAP) 

Montgomery County Prevention Partners (MCPP)

Pulaski Community Partners Coalition (PCPC)

 Radford Youth Adult Partnership (RYAP)

In addition to meeting monthly, coalition members and other local stakeholders utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to assess community needs, identify gaps in services, and develop data-driven strategic plans that include measurable objectives and expected outcomes. The plans guide each coalition’s efforts to prevent and decrease substance abuse within each locality using environmental/population-level strategies.

If you’re interested in learning more or becoming involved in community change, check out your community’s individual coalition tab for agendas, meeting times, contact information and more.


Coalition coordinators are in the process of forming a regional coalition, New River Valley Prevention Partners (NRVPP), which will unite the community coalitions under the shared vision of:

“The New River Valley as a drug-free community”