Research to Practice

Event Provides Community Leaders Effective Drug Prevention Strategies and the Latest Research in the Field

WHAT:           Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is holding its 26th Annual National Leadership Forum to convene thousands of community substance abuse prevention leaders and global experts to discuss solutions to the most pressing public health issues threatening communities. The event kicks off with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Prevention Day.

Research Into Action, RIA for short, helps coalitions bridge the gap between research and practice in the coalition field by keeping coalitions current on research findings relevant to their work. In addition, this series provides actionable steps for coalitions to incorporate the knowledge gained into community action.

Alcohol continues to be the number one substance of choice among young people and many communities are looking for ways to address this problem. That’s why reducing underage drinking will be a major topic addressed at CADCA’s 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute Aug. 2-6 in Indianapolis. And who better to cover the topic than Dr. David Jernigan.

April/May 2015 Issue

Research Into Action, RIA for short, helps coalitions bridge the gap between research and practice in the coalition field by keeping coalitions current on research findings relevant to their work. In addition, this series provides actionable steps for coalitions to incorporate the knowledge gained into community action.

Strategizer 56: Creating Healthy, Tobacco-Free Environments highlights recommendations by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (TFCPS) to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.Using data analysis and conclusions from various sources, Strategizer 56 provides strategies coalitions can implement at the local level to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

Coalition Core Essentials is an online course intended for coalition leaders, staff, volunteers, and partners. This course is based on the curriculum trained during CADCA's National Coalition Academy, though this course does not serve as a replacement for the Academy experience.

This Strategizer helps clarify what constitutes “lobbying” activities for nonprofit organizations and to what extent these organizations can participate in lobbying activities in particular and the legislative process in general.

Mark your calendar for this one-hour broadcast about transforming communities by mobilization and civic action. Understanding Your Influence. will provide you with helpful hints on how to educate local, state and national decision makers.  We’ll cover just how you can appropriately and effectively work for the changes you want to see, from local ordinances to national legislation.   Join Sue Thau, CADCA’s Public Policy consultant and other experts and learn how to become visible, vocal and, perhaps most importantly, valuable as you build relationships with policymakers.

Numbers can be overwhelming and make your head spin. It doesn’t have to be that way. Evaluating data properly can help lead you in the right direction.  CADCA can help you become an “everyday scientist” and demystify data gathering.  During the hour-long show Data Detectives learn how to investigate your local conditions to find the indicators you need to make positive change.  Find out what sources of credible local data are readily available.  See how data can help you define your substance abuse problems, select strategies and prove your effectiveness.  Master the art of using data to tell a story in the community and grow your coalition. Learn how to avoid data overload. We’ll visit Branson, MO where a coalition’s community assessment told them they had to do something about alcohol density. They did, and the results have been great. Hear what they did and how they did it. 

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