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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 system 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 to share your work at our 2021 Mid-Year Training Institute.

This Mid-Year’s theme is “Every Day CADCA Trains: Community Coalition Leaders.” As community coalition leaders, we embrace this philosophy in our work to improve the quality of life in our nation’s communities. High-performing coalitions are those that have developed broad strategic alliances, implemented proven and promising strategies and achieved population-level change. The Call for Presentations is open to all community anti-drug coalitions, community-based prevention organizations, government agencies with a focus on substance misuse, mental health, criminal justice, public health, public safety, coalition sector member organizations and other organizations with an interest in substance misuse prevention and advocacy. 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 interactive, engaging experiences that 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 12, 2021 only.

Topical areas should focus on at least one of the following:

Quality leadership can help transform a good coalition to great and a great coalition to excellent. Leadership is an essential element for longevity, viability, and sustainability of community coalitions and their efforts. The prevention movement needs leaders representing many walks of life and fulfilling 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.

No person is an island, and neither is a coalition. Working with other organizations, from local businesses to police precincts to specific populations in 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 leverage resources to bring about community-level change. They will also guide coalitions in addressing the opportunities and challenges of working 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 and members of the LGBTQ community.

If it’s not measured, it’s not managed. Evaluation and research sessions will help coalitions build their local data collection and evaluation capacity and outline 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 by 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 determining proven approaches for replication of strategies in other communities.

There are numerous ways to reach a coalition’s target 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 press 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 the media sector; public affairs and media relations; dynamic social media presence; and metrics and measures of media and communication strategies.

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 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 developing community mobilization tactics.

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 gather resources and diversify funding portfolios; and explore innovative public funding strategies.

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 use and misuse trends. Training sessions will feature a range of topics, including emerging and reemerging substances, such as meth, opioids, marijuana and tobacco; public health issues and trends like ACES, suicide prevention and other topics related to substance use and misuse issues; and how to best address trending issues in your community.

Special consideration will be given to coalitions whose work focuses on the four environmental CADCA strategies:

  • Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers
  • Changing Consequences
  • Changing Physical Design
  • Modifying/Changing Policies

Presenter Registration Information

Please pay close attention to the order in which presenters are listed in your submission

  • The lead presenter for each accepted Call for Presentation will receive a complimentary registration.
  • Additional presenters will receive a discounted registration rate of $300 (maximum three additional presenters at this discounted rate)