Online Program

Building local data infrastructure and capacity in the Philippines: Supporting the development of coalitions for substance abuse prevention

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Evelyn Yang, PhD, National Coalition Institute, CADCA, Alexandria, VA
David E. Aguilar, MA, National Coalition Institute, CADCA, Alexandria, VA
Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, MPH, National Coalition Institute, CADCA, Alexandria, VA
Luceli Cuasay, DrPH, MPH, Research For Health, Sugar Land, TX
Kareemah Abdullah, National Coalition Institute, CADCA, Alexandria, VA
Background/Significance. There is growing interest in using a coalition model for substance abuse prevention and applying it to international settings. We will discuss coalition building efforts in the Philippines and how these efforts have undergone a careful consideration of language, cultural and contextual fit. Additionally, data and evaluation considerations are valuable to this effort since quality, local data are needed to engage in effective assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and sustainability of coalition efforts. Objective/Purpose. Intensive efforts to train two communities in Metro Manila in effective coalition building was complemented with efforts to build data capacity to support community-based substance abuse prevention work. The project focused on building relationships between the target communities and data experts in the Philippines so that data supports could be sustained long-term. Methods. Data experts within the local municipalities in which coalition building efforts were occurring and researchers at the National Institute of Health-University of Philippines Manila (NIH-UPM) were sought out. This relationship development was critical to providing ongoing technical assistance for local communities' data needs. Localized, participatory approach to coalition building and data infrastructure development allows for stronger institutionalization of the coalition model and substance abuse prevention efforts. Results. A data resource directory was developed to support local coalition building efforts in Metro Manila. This directory includes a listing of both data experts within target communities and also at NIH-UPM. These individuals and agencies agreed to support coalitions with expertise in a variety of areas, including GIS mapping, household surveys, data analysis and survey development. Local coalitions are using this resource directory to guide their needs and resource assessments to effectively develop environmental strategies to address substance use in their communities. Discussion/Conclusions. International efforts to address substance abuse using the coalition model require an equal emphasis on coalition building and data infrastructure.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe a process to adapt a coalition model for use in the Philippines. Identify methods to build local data capacity to support substance abuse prevention efforts conducted by coalitions.

Keyword(s): Data Collection, Community Capacity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of CADCA's National Coalition Institute with years of training and presentation experience for a broad array of audiences. Among my interests is community problem solving for substance abuse prevention, youth leadership development and international training and community development.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
CADCA Substance Abuse Prevention Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.