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Communities Committed to Empowerment and Leadership

The Philadelphia Prevention Partnership is a coalition of community partnerships sharing the common goal of preventing substance abuse. This multicultural partnership addresses critical addiction issues by providing education, information, and training programs to individuals, families, agencies, and local community and cultural groups.

In order to reach effectively key ethnic population groups, the Philadelphia Prevention Partnership has forged close working relationships with organizations representing Philadelphia’s diverse communities. They include:

The Institute for African American Mobilization

The Institute for African American Mobilization (IAAM) works to build sensitivity around alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs used within the African-American communities of Philadelphia and trains professionals in cultural sensitivity.

lAAM’s primary target audience is African Americans who work in prevention and treatment programs and as social workers. State-certified training is provided for addiction counselors and prevention specialists. (Non-African American counselors and specialists who work with African American constituents are also encouraged to attend). IAAM’s secondary target is African American youth.

The Latino Partnership Initiative

Formed in 1995, the Latino Partnership Initiative (LPI) was established to strengthen Philadelphia’s Latino communities, which suffer disproportionally from high rates in poverty, unemployment, high school dropout, and low household income. These social factors lend themselves to increased use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Today, LPI works across the diverse Latino communities of Philadelphia to develop a community-based prevention system that empowers communities and individuals to address alcohol and other drug problems.