History & Overview

Granite United Way, through the Capital Area Public Health Network (CAPHN) and previously through the Capital Region Community Prevention Coalition (CRCPC) and Concord Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC), has been providing support for substance misuse prevention in the region since 1999. CAPHN responds to health concerns regarding the misuse of drugs and alcohol by following a strategic process, which includes the following steps: assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, evaluation, cultural competence, and sustainability.  CAPHN works with key stakeholders in the community to identify the root causes of substance misuse and links those risk factors to evidence-based prevention strategies.

The Substance Misuse Prevention (SMP) Network meets on a monthly basis and is comprised of key sectors of the community, including representatives from the following 6 community sectors: business, health/medical, enforcement/safety, schools/education, government, and community supports/services.

Current Strategies:

NEW! Capital Area Misuse of Alcohol and Drugs - Prevention Plan 2016-2019

Youth Leadership Councils: CAPHN partners with Capital Area high schools to develop Youth Leadership Councils focused on youth-led prevention strategies in the school and community. Youth Councils receive training and technical assistance from CAPHN and adult advisors meet with the Youth Councils each week to provide ongoing guidance and support. Students from across the Capital Region gather together for trainings once every two months to learn how best to serve their communities through substance misuse prevention. Armed with these tools, youth leaders develop and create projects that best serve their local or regional needs. With the guidance and aid of local community leaders, as well as their adult advisor within the school, students are given the opportunity to create lasting, powerful change. From organizing guest speakers within the school, to presenting at legislative hearings, students work together to create an environment that supports prevention within their communities.

By implementing youth councils in high schools across the Capital Region, we train and inspire young people to take an active role in preventing substance misuse among themselves and their peers. They are empowered to improve social norms and perceptions regarding substance misuse in their schools and communities. Current Capital Area Youth Council participants include: Bow High School, Kearsarge Regional High School and Pembroke Academy.

Life of an Athlete
Project Success (implemented in area schools by Second Start)
Prescription Drug Takeback Events
Permanent Prescription Drug Takeback Boxes
Social Marketing Campaigns such as “Check the Stats

Five-Year State Plan (2013-2017): Collection Action, Collective Impact
List of Permanent Rx Drug Takeback Boxes in NH

For more information on any of the above initiatives, please contact Annika Stanley-Smith at or (603) 224-2595 x224.

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