Has your coalition seen changes in community-level outcomes since the implementation of evidence-based environmental strategies? Has your Executive Committee uncovered the secret to effective coalition management and leadership? Did your coalition and its partner organizations conduct an education and advocacy campaign that led to a successful policy or systems change in your community?

If you answered yes to any of these questions – or even if you answered no but can offer a success story of your own complete with lessons learned and tips for replication in other coalitions – CADCA needs you at the 2019 Mid-Year Training Institute. This year's theme is Transforming Communities: The Power of Prevention and as community change agents, we embrace that philosophy in our work to improve the quality of life in our nation’s communities. High-performing coalitions are those that have developed broad-based strategic alliances, implemented proven and promising strategies, and achieved population-level change.



All training session submissions were to be completed by 5 pm EDT Friday, April 12, 2019. Only sessions submitted via the online form will be considered. 


The lead presenter for each selected training session receives

  • Complimentary registration for the entirety of the Mid-Year Training Institute
  • Lodging (room and taxes only) for one night at the Gaylord Texan for arrival on Sunday, July 14, departing Monday, July 15
  • Reimbursement for coach roundtrip airfare to and from Mid-Year, up to $500
  • Reimbursement for ground transportation to and from the Gaylord Texan and baggage fees (up to $150)

Additional presenters are required to pay their full applicable registration rate. 

Please be sure to correctly indicate the Lead Presenter so benefits can be allocated properly. 


CADCA is requesting training session proposals addressing the latest research findings, cutting-edge program successes, lessons learned or problems solved. Training Sessions should be designed as an interactive, engaging session that should allow participants to think through practical applications of the content. Please note that training sessions selected from the Call for Presentations will run 90 minutes in length and will occur on Monday, July 15, 2019, only. 

The Call for Presentations is open to all community anti-drug coalitions; community-based prevention organizations; government agencies with a focus on substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice, public health, public safety, and related disciplines; coalition sector member organizations; and other organizations with an interest in substance use prevention and advocacy.


This four-day training event aims to bring together close to 2,000 participants representing community coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

Topical Areas should focus on:

  • Coalition Leadership
    • Great leadership can help move a good coalition to great and a great coalition to excellent. Quality leadership is an essential element for longevity, viability, and sustainability of community coalitions and their efforts. The coalitions’ movement needs leaders representing many walks of life and for many critical responsibilities over vast periods of time if it is to stay in business long enough to make a difference. Training sessions will feature strategies for coalition organizational management; role identification including fiscal agent, advisory board and committees; effective leadership and succession planning; and motivation, retention, and engagement of your coalition.
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration
    • No man is an island, and neither is a coalition. Working with other organizations, from local business to police precincts to specific populations given the geography and culture of the community, and those in between, is an important part of ensuring community change happens with input from everyone.  When a sense of shared space and connectedness exists, significant and lasting community change should occur in ways that celebrate the populations’ distinct cultural and ethnic aspects. These trainings will help coalitions coordinate sophisticated cross-system collaborations and leveraging resources to bring about community-level change, as well as address the both the prospects and challenges of strengthening coalitions in communities with rapidly changing ethnic demographics, American Indian settings, Asian and Pacific Islanders, urban and inner-city core neighborhoods, rural and frontier areas, college campuses, as well as those addressing the needs of the LGBTQ community. 
  • Evaluation and Research
    • If it’s not measured, it’s not managed.” Evaluation and research sessions will help coalitions build their local data collection and evaluation capacity, as well as different ways of communicating these findings to the public.  These sessions will focus on using quantitative and qualitative data to tell your coalition story and convey results developing and utilizing outcome‐based logic models; using data findings to justify strategy implementation; using the research behind coalition effectiveness to extract lessons learned; and proven approaches for replication of strategies in other communities.
  • Marketing and Communications
    • There are numerous ways to reach out to a coalition audience but deciding the best way can be difficult. With so many choices today, how do coalitions know when to use social media versus a news release versus a blog post? Training sessions will feature principles of message development; messaging campaigns to support strategies; image development and branding; partnership development with media sector; public affairs and media relations; dynamic social media presence; and metrics and measures of media and communication strategies.
  • Policy and Advocacy
    • Much of the work coalitions do is based on policy created at the local, state, and federal level. But coalitions can also have an impact on policy creation.  These trainings will help coalitions become effective in both policy discussions and policy creation. Training sessions will feature best practices for engaging policy makers; creating and implementing education and advocacy messages; using media to advance policy and systems change; involving the general public to advance our education and advocacy agenda; and community mobilization tactics. 
  • Sustainability
    • Everyone is always asking “what’s next” or “how will we continue the work after this quarter/year/grant?” Healthy and sustainable community organizations have learned how to manage the business, not just the program, of their strategic goals. Sustainable coalitions are those that have enough human, social and financial resources to maximize their impact over time. These trainings will help coalitions organize for success and build strength; determine skills and tools to get the resources, money and diversify coalitions’ funding portfolios; and explore innovative public funding strategies. 
  • What's Trending
    • Prevention is an ever-changing field; what was current ten years ago could have radically different research affecting it today. These trainings provide coalitions with the latest information on current prevention and substance misuse trends.  Training sessions will feature a range of topics, including emerging and remerging substances, such as meth, opioids, marijuana and tobacco.  Public health issues and trends like ACES, suicide prevention, and other topics related to substance misuse issues and how to best address them in your community will also be featured.

If you have questions about submitting a proposal for a presentation, please contact Brittany Huffman at or at 1-800-54-CADCA ext. 247.