Environmental Prevention Approach

Environmental strategies incorporate prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies. Coalitions should select strategies that lead to long-term outcomes.
— Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

7 strategies to build and maintain a healthy community

  1. Provide information

  2. Enhance skills

  3. Provide support

  4. Reduce access / enhance barriers

  5. Change consequences

  6. Change physical design

  7. Modify/change policies

Examples of Environmental Prevention Strategies

  • Increasing enforcement for underage drinking

  • Revised Social Host Ordinance to include marijuana

  • Decrease Rx medication prescription doses among prescribers

  • Eliminating nicotine products from pharmaceutical locations

  • Create parent support networks like Be The Influence and Parents Connect

  • Support policy to prohibit the sale of single-serving containers of beer in convenience stores

  • Increase access to substance use services through the school Wellness Centers