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The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives
The Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives was established as a forum in which people engaged in comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs) could meet to discuss lessons learned by initiatives across the country and to work on their common problems. Comprehensive community initiatives are neighborhood-based efforts that seek improved outcomes for individuals and families and better neighborhood conditions by working comprehensively across social, economic, and physical sectors. Additionally, CCIs operate on the principle that community building—that is, strengthening institutional capacity at the neighborhood level, enhancing social capital and personal networks, and developing leadership—is a necessary aspect of transforming distressed neighborhoods. This website offers information on resources for community building and research and publication information.

The Benton Foundation
The Benton Foundation works to realize the social benefits made possible by public interest use of communications. Bridging the worlds of philanthropy, public policy, and community action, Benton seeks to shape the emerging communications environment and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. Its website furthers this goal by providing a best practices toolkit for developing community capacity through the use of communications, offering resources for communications policy work, and other resources.

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
This website provides users with publications, research, databases, statistics, information, and links to model program and promising practices related to violence and violence prevention.

The Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
The Marin Institute creates an environment that helps individuals to make healthy choices and requires responsible action from government and business. Through policy work, training, and technical assistance, the Institute helps to establish such policies as local ordinances that reduce the density of alcohol outlets in low-income communities; provides hands-on assistance to groups taking action to improve their communities and change unjust conditions and act as watchdogs of alcohol marketing practices; and disseminates research to advocates and the public through its alcohol industry and policy database.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
CASA is a think/action tank that engages all disciplines to study every form of substance abuse as it affects our society. Its mission is to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives; assess what works in prevention, treatment, and law enforcement; encourage every individual and institution to take responsibility for combating substance abuse and addiction; provide those on the front lines with the tools they need to succeed; and remove the stigma of abuse and replace shame and despair with hope. This website furthers this goal by offering the latest research and CASA publications related to that research.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This website offers calls for proposals, how to apply for grants, current grantees' activities, publications related to substance abuse and health, national data, and weblinks.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This website offers the following information for users: grant opportunities, legislative information, information about its programs (managed care initiative, national data and statistics) It offers links to its three centers, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and Center for Mental Health Services, and to its clearinghouses (mental health, national clearinghouse on alcohol and drug information, and the treatment improvement exchange).

The Trauma Foundation
The Trauma Foundation is committed to reducing injuries and injury-related deaths by focusing on policy development and advocacy. This website offers alerts, news, visual resources, and a library on alcohol policy-related issues.

THOMAS–Legislative Information on the Internet
This site is designed to make federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public. THOMAS currently offers the following databases on their website: 1) House Floor This Week; 2) House Floor Now, 3) a quick search of bills, bill summary, bill status, public laws by bill number, bill text, 4) senate and house votes, 5) congressional information, and 6) committee information.

Treatment Improvement Exchange (TIE)
TIE is sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to provide information exchange between CSAT staff and state and local alcohol and substance abuse agencies. The website provides information about treatment publications, a treatment facility locator, statistics, and legislative and funding news.

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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.