The C2PLA Coalition is well into its 15th year of action, although planning and preparation began several years earlier. The Coalition formed as part of a community mobilization research intervention that is facilitated by staff from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, but one of its primary goals is to garner enough momentum and leadership to become sustainable beyond the life of the research. What makes the Coalition unique is that it focuses on upstream solutions, that is, structural changes, rather than emphasizing individual level solutions.
**One monumental difference between a "coalition" and a "program" is that
the coalition seeks to ensure that all causes of identified problems are addressed.
** Callahan, J.C. Hall, C. (2006) The Difference Between a Program and a Coalition; National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute CADCA Presentation; November 2006.