About the Rahway Prevention Coalition



Our History

The Rahway Prevention Coalition was founded in 2014 in response to the rising risk of substance abuse that currently faces many communities. The Coalition consist of individuals who are committed to increasing the effectiveness of drug and alcohol prevention. The coalition uses different strategies such education environmental changes, policy changes, trainings, media and social norms marketing campaigns and advocacy to combat the threat of substance use and abuse.


Our Vision

Our vision is to implement a contemporary and proven strategy to reduce substance abuse in Rahway, especially among our youth. We endeavor to create a safe, secure, substance-free community in which all residents may live, learn, grown and play.


Our Role

The coalition understands that it is vital for all components of the community to have a role in its enhancement. The coalition address the different components by involving 12 Sectors of the coalition. The sectors of the coalition are Youth, State, County, Local Government Agencies, Health Care Professionals, Parents, Media, Clergy, Schools, Religious/Fraternal Organization, Other Organization Involved in Reducing Substance Abuse, Business, Volunteer/Civic Organization, Law Enforcement.


Our Work

In 2014 the City of Rahway was awarded the -Free Communities Support Grant through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use.

Our Staff

Membership in the coalition is comprehensive, and inclusive which enables all members of the community who endorse our vision to join our efforts. We value all of our members for each member is a needed resource to touching our community. The wide ranging diversity among all of our sectors is one of our greatest strengths.

The Rahway Prevention Coalition is:


Anne Rowan

Coalition Coordinator


Samantha Harries

Assistant Coalition Coordinator


Andrea Zapcic

Program Director