Prevention Services

Cecil County Health Department (CCHD) offers comprehensive prevention services including but not limited to the following:  alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and prescription drugs use prevention education and the coordination of the Drug Free Cecil Coalition (DFCC).  DFCC is located in the Division of Health Promotions within the CCHD.

What is Prevention?  Prevention is a process that seeks to influence local conditions in order to promote well-being within the local community.  Prevention Services utilizes the Community-Based model of the Drug Free Communities (DFC) for mobilization and the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) for planning.

What is Drug Free Cecil?   DFC is a network of local coalitions collaborating and partnering to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth and eliminate duplication of efforts in Cecil County.  The coalitions’ purpose is to support a youth-led, adult-guided movement to reduce substance abuse in Cecil County.

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What coalitions are included in DFC?  Currently, the DFC network consists of the following coalitions: Drug Free Communities Coalition (DFCC), Opioid Misuse Prevention Project (OMPP), Youth Empowerment Source Coalition (YES), Opioid Intervention Team (OIT), Tobacco Task Force (TTF) and Drug Free Cecil Youth Coalition (DFCYC).  These coalitions collaborate to support the efforts of our youth to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth in Cecil County, Maryland. DFCYC is a group of youth leaders from all the county high schools who are passionate about their schools and desire to make a difference in their communities. The DFCYC is the purpose for the DFC’s efforts.

Prevention Services plans, manages and promotes the seven strategies to affect community change and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) six strategies to reduce substance misuse among youth that include but not limited to: tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.

Graph of Prevention Services.