Malikah Jeffries, coordinator of Gándara Center’s Stop Access Springfield Coalition, discussed the latest substance use prevention strategies with other professionals and policymakers at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America conference February 4-7 in Washington, DC. The conference included a session on Capitol Hill, where coalitions across the country had a chance to meet with their legislators to talk about the work of the Drug Free Communities Coalitions and other substance abuse coalitions.

Pictured above is US Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts). “We talked about the primary substance use prevention work we are doing in our communities,” said Jeffries.

Jeffries also took a photo of the Capitol building and another of the set-up of the rally in a ballroom at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Fort Washington, MD (below).

Stop Access Springfield Coalition is coordinated by Gándara Center and funded by a grant from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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