Wishing to Help Her Community, Mrs. Lidia Carrasco Travels Abroad for the First Time to Attend CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute
Motivated by the desire to help her community in the Amazon rainforest of Eastern Peru, Lidia Carrasco traveled abroad for the first time in her life to attend CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute. Sacrificing for five years to save enough in order to attend, Lidia left her home in Las Palmeras, Ucayali, Peru on July 13, 2019 bound for Grapevine, Texas.
As CADCA’s Vice President of Communications & Meetings, I have a unique perspective on our events, including the National Leadership Forum. As we prepare for the 30th annual Forum, February 3-6 2020, I thought I would share some perspective on this special event, and the ways I have seen it change over the years.
On November 9th the Community Coalition of La Unión in Montevideo, Uruguay unveiled renovations to the historic Plaza de la Restauración. The area, which dates back to 1849, had been identified by the coalition through the community assessment process as a hot spot for illicit drug sales. The substance use landscape is complex in Uruguay, a country of 3.4 million people that legalized recreational marijuana last year.
CADCA’s Chairman and CEO, General Arthur Dean, at the 3nd ISSUP conference in Cancun, Mexico (2017).
Next month, the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) will conduct its 4th International Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The event, previously held in Mexico (2018) and in Brazil (2017), is one of the most important of its kind in the prevention field and considered a reference among professionals in search of networking opportunities and intensive training.
The 17th annual Mid-Year Training Institute (MYTI) hosted its largest attendance yet earlier this summer, with 2,100 attendees traveling to Orlando, Florida, and a robust program featuring 99+ training sessions. Additionally, this year saw an increase in international attendees, as 75 individuals from all over the world flew to Orlando to represent 20 countries.
Coalitions Leaders Globally are Gearing up to Attend CADCA’s 2018 Mid-Year Training Institute in Orlando, Florida
The upcoming CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute is set to be the biggest yet with over 2,000 registered participants on their way to the city of Orlando, Florida during the week of July 15th – 19th. Of those attending, 75 individuals are arriving from 21 different countries spanning Latin America, Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.
Next week, 2,000 prevention professionals will head to Orlando, Florida for the 17th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute, filled with training sessions, networking opportunities and dynamic speakers! While the days are jam-packed with learning and training, take advantage of free time to explore our host city of Orlando! Local coalition leaders Heather Wilkie and Erika Cooper from the Zebra Coalition penned a few suggestions about attractions for attendees while they visit the city.
As an emergency physician, it is my job to keep people alive. If someone dies during my shift, it's considered a failure. I never get used to it. Looking though medical examiner’s reports, it was page after page and prescription after prescription of failures, and those are the death diaries. By studying why people died from an accidental prescription overdose we can learn about the red flags and create prevention strategies. San Diego death diary research looked at every such death and traced every prescription, pill, physician, and pharmacy. The data is a road map for prevention.
How did you get started in coalition work?
CADCA is committed to developing and advancing the capacity of individuals, organizations and institutions globally in the pursuit of building safe, healthy and drug-free communities. For the last six years, CADCA’s International Programs has hosted fellows from the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the purpose of completing a professional affiliation in the area of drug prevention.