The Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition serves the Hickman Mills community which is roughly 32 square miles in southern Jackson County, Kansas City, Missouri. The coalition has been utilizing existing data from the Kauffman Teen Survey, Kansas City Police Department, US Census Bureau, COMBAT, and other local organizations. In addition, the coalition has conducted focus groups, compiled a needs assessment, and obtained anecdotal data.
Based on the evolving needs of the community, the work of the coalition is critical. According to census 2000 data, the general population is very different than the student population of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District. Consequently, use of culturally competent practices in engaging the community is critical to the coalition’s success.