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Marlene McGann, Co-Chair of Connecticut's Task Force, discusses the energy and positive work of Task Force participants.


“It started with the people who were already passionate, and then expanded the circle.”

Marlene McGann, Co-Chair of Connecticut's Task Force

Beginning to Mobilize | Recipe for Success | Challenges | What We Learned

Organizing the States: Recipe for Success

Over the course of this grant, we found that each state approach was different. Some of the techniques that worked for the task forces are:

Making task forces time limited and product oriented
Task force members were more likely to sign on when there were specific expectations and a limited time commitment.

“We moved through a process in probably four meetings where we came up with a document that says here’s the extent of the problem, here’s what we encourage for recommendations on how to approach that. And people, because they got so passionate about the issue, they self identified. Well I can take that piece. Or I have access to the school nurses; I’ll make sure they get the information at their conference. So it was respectful of people’s time.” -- Linda Williams, Maine

Going after some quick, early winnable victories
Task force members felt good about their involvement when they had easy and immediate successes.

“When we first started, we were coming up very quickly on National Inhalant and Poisons Awareness Week. So we geared up very quickly to use the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition press templates. We had someone draft them so they were Connecticut specific, then disseminated them, and said everybody put your own name on it and send it out to your own media. So we did a lot of flurry around that. We did some real quick visible things that we could do that people felt really good about.” – Marlene McGann, CT

Using contacts to extend the reach of the message
Finding strong leaders and volunteers who are passionate about the issue has made the task forces successful.

“Every [state] has their own approach and each one has its own flavor, and what’s good about it is they know their own networks so they’re getting things done the old fashioned way, which is who do you know, who do you know that knows someone, and how are you able to get that person roped in to join our coalition. It’s been very instructional as to how it’s all about the people. It’s not really all about how; it’s the people.” - Isabel Burk, Director, The Health Network, New York, and author of the Virginia Department of Education Inhalant Abuse Prevention Curriculum Guide



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