About GRISWOLD PRIDE
The Griswold Partnership to Reduce the Influence of Drugs for Everyone (PRIDE) is a community coalition formed in 2015 in response to the opioid epidemic. By working together, we bring knowledge, resources, and passion from all different community sectors to reduce and prevent substance use in Griswold.
What is a community coalition?
The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) defines coalitions as “a formal arrangement for collaboration among groups or sectors of a community, in which each group retains its identity but all agree to work together toward the common goal of a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.”
As grassroots organizations, coalitions reflect the community that they serve and members provide a voice in selecting the best prevention strategies to help their communities reduce substance use.
To create community-level change in youth substance use by implementing evidence-based, environmental prevention strategies that reduce risk factors and increase protective factors.
- Raise community awareness of alcohol, opioid, and other drug issues
- Increase community involvement in prevention activities
- Host trainings for community members
- Build capacity to maintain consistent, long term programs and initiatives
- Prevent underage drinking, smoking and vaping, and substance use among our youth
Programs & Initiatives
- Alcohol Compliance Check Operations
- Prescription Medication Collection Events
- Town Hall Meetings and Forums
- Substance Use Data Collection
- School Surveys, Adult Surveys, Environmental Scans, Key Informant Questionnaires and Interviews, Focus Groups
- Community Assessment
- Data analysis, resource and risk factor analysis
- TIPs Trainings for alcohol retailers and servers
- Support to the DARE program at Griswold Middle School
- Community Wide Red Ribbon Week Celebration
- Social Media and Marketing campaigns to prevent youth substance use, by increasing awareness of substance use trends and positive behaviors
- Roundtable Events with national, state, and local politicians on the opioid crisis
- Community Outreach
- Community Presentations: Contact us to schedule one for your organization
- Host Trainings
- Naloxone trainings
- Drug Trends Training by the Statewide Narcotics Taskforce
- Youth Leadership
- Prevention Works
- Sustainability and Capacity Building
Griswold PRIDE Program Coordinator Miranda Mahoney with Griswold Middle School (GMS) exploratory teachers Mrs. Valentine and Mrs. Butremovic during the GMS Red Ribbon Rally in 2021.
PRIDE’s Program Coordinator
Miranda (Nagle) Mahoney has been working in the substance use prevention field since graduating from UCONN. She has worked with many towns and coalitions throughout eastern Connecticut, and started as Program Coordinator of Griswold PRIDE in 2015.
As Program Coordinator, Miranda works with partners and other coalitions to create and foster a safe, drug-free environment for the greater-Griswold community. She is a member of many committees and has testified in front of the CT Public Safety & Security Committee to grow the CRISIS Pilot Initiative across the State.
Miranda is a 1996 graduate of Griswold High School, and has two sons who attend Griswold Public Schools.