Grounded in the field of public health which embraces physical, social, cultural and institutional forces, environmental strategies offer well-accepted approaches to change the context – the environment – in which substance use and abuse occur.

Environmental strategies incorporate prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies. DFD is dedicated to engaging with partners throughout the spectrum of public health, including physical, emotional and mental health in the selection and implementation of the environmental strategies.

The following are current strategies that DFD is implementing throughout Duval County, and in other parts of Florida


Attitudes and Norms

DFD Social Media

A portal for parents to receive regular, reliable information related to drugs and trends, and interact with community leaders, other adults, advocates and proponents. In addition, training is reinforced through the DFD social media.


Educating youth on how their brain responds when they discover, amplify and pursue things they love.


A campaign to drive a community attitude that inspires action, empathy and support in an effort to improve health each day.


An innovative texting platform that engages caring adults with youth, and provides positive, encouraging messages twice weekly.

Policies and Laws

Advocacy Training

Provided for individuals, groups, organizations and other interested parties, the training helps define ADVOCACY: what it is, how to effectively advocate, who to advocate to, strategies for communication and how to measure the impact.

Community Visioning and Assessment

The process of developing consensus about what future the community wants, and deciding what is necessary to achieve it. DFD engages the Strategic Prevention Framework for community change: assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation and evaluation with a commitment to cultural competency and sustainability.

Environmental Scans

The process that systematically surveys and interprets relevant data to identify external opportunities and threats. DFD and our volunteers gather information about our community’s external world and interprets the messages, then offers opportunities for change.

Laws and policies

Review of proposed laws and policies related to substances that can impact prevention efforts. DFD and advocates present the potential impact to decision-makers, and try to ensure that prevention is considered as laws and policies are approved.

Retail Access

Compliance Checks

A partnership between DFD, local CI’s and law enforcement in an effort to understand and document the selling practices and knowledge level of servers and clerks with regard to regulated substances. Helps evaluators understand where additional training and education are needed.

Know the Law

Trains youth and parents about laws surrounding alcohol, drugs, and other issues common to youth: sexting, theft, guns and weapons, personal and property crimes, computer crimes, bullying, gangs, hate crimes, violent crimes and aiding & abetting.

Retail Vendor Training

This interactive class trains employers, managers, owners and servers of establishments that sell alcohol how to serve responsibly, check for legal age and avoid over-serving. Training includes strategies for dealing with intoxicated persons and illustrates a management protocol for tracking incidents.

Social Access

Festival Scans

Community members attend various large-scale community events and provide feedback to event organizers about the things they are doing to support prevention efforts, and ways they can improve in terms of the presentation and sale of drugs and alcohol.

Parents Who Host

A public awareness strategy focused on educating communities and parents about the health, safety and legal risks of serving alcohol to underage youth.


Screening, Brief intervention and Referral to Treatment is a structured assessment that includes an early intervention approach. SBIRT should be implemented for both youth and adults across the community for comprehensive understanding of areas of strength and challenge.

Tools for Engagement

Creating an environment of participation, communication and collaboration between youth and adults. Includes a toolkit that promotes bonding, clear and intentional conversations and developing shared strategies to deal with various challenges faced by youth.


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