Deputy Director of the National Coalition Institute Shares Her Coalition Journey!

Name: Melissa-Kim Tom

Position: Deputy Director, Training, Technical Assistance and Outreach

Years at CADCA: Three in May

1) How did you get started in prevention work?

Prevention Advocates Head to the Hill

All National Leadership Forum attendees are encouraged to come to Capitol Hill Day on February 7, 2018, to join us on this impactful day of advocacy! During Capitol Hill Day, attendees have the chance to attend appointments with legislative staff, Congressional Members/Senators, and sometimes both.

CADCA's 2018 National Leadership Forum is Just Around the Corner!

The 28th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA’s 14th Prevention Day are just around the corner! The 2018 theme “Partnering for Prevention” is seen in the wide range of attendees – from coalition members to community leaders, students to teachers, parents to youth, federal partners to new DFC grantees.

Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities – A Geographic Health Equity Alliance Publication

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) posted a blog entitled Rural Caregiving in the United States.  Written by one of GHEA’s key partners, Chandylen Nightingale, Ph.D.

Rural Caregiving in the United States

Nearly 40 million individuals are providing informal (unpaid) care for an adult family member or friend in the United States. Caregivers serve as vital members of the health care team by optimizing patient care in the community and reducing burden on the health care system; however, informal caregivers face tremendous challenges when caring for their loved ones and themselves.

Youth and Advocacy Success from Advocate of the Year Recipient

Ananya Pati is not yet old enough to vote, but has already influenced great social change. A young leader in the Standing Strong and Link Together Coalition, Ananya is currently a senior in high school, and in February will be accepting CADCA’s Advocate of the Year award at the  2018 National Leadership Forum.

The 2016 Dose of Prevention Winner Shares Their National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month Experience

The Teen Health Connection Youth Drug Free Coalition works in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community to prevent underage drinking and prescription and over-the counter medicine misuse for teenagers. Because of our focus on prescription and over-the-counter medicine, it was a natural fit for our coalition to participate in the CADCA Dose of Prevention Challenge.

Promoting Positive Lifestyles—Talking to Kids about Health and Wellness

There are many dimensions related to promoting positive health and wellness in our children.  Parental involvement, support and consistent monitoring and supervision are critical to overall healthy physical, mental and emotional development.  Conversations regarding promoting positive mental, physical and behavioral health need to start early with children and should be on-going dialogues.

You Can’t Treat Your Way out of an Epidemic…But Can You Vaccinate It?

Routine vaccinations have reduced or even eradicated many deadly diseases; in the 1950s, polio was a public health crisis claiming the lives of over 20,000 children a year. After the polio vaccination was created and added to a child’s routine vaccination schedule, it practically wiped out the spread of the disease.

Prevention Starts with Awareness


As a parent of three teenagers, I know it’s hard to consider the possibility that your child could be abusing substances. But awareness is critical in helping to prevent abuse from occurring in the first place. We need to educate ourselves to help prevent substance abuse in our homes. And we need to educate others to help combat this problem in our communities.