Coalition Strategies



2016 Coalition Academy Keynote Speaker- Dr. Bertha Madras

Coalition Academy 2016- "20 Years of Putting PreventionFIRST!"

Coalition Academy is PreventionFIRST!'s annual one-day, comprehensive conference that brings together community members from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to learn more about substance abuse prevention.

Date: Tuesday, September 20

Location: Great Wolf Lodge, 2501 Great Wolf Dr., Mason, OH 45040

Time: 8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration/Light Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Keynote Address- Dr. Bertha Madras

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Workshops with lunch provided through Great Wolf Lodge Catering

Objectives for the event:

  • Attendees will obtain a more advanced understanding of evidence-based strategies to implement for effective substance abuse prevention
  • Attendees will develop essential skills for maintaining a coalition at any level of development.
  • Attendees will achieve a greater understanding of the latest issues related to substance abuse disorders.

Keynote address will be given by Harvard University's Dr. Bertha Madras about the importance of using science to inform the public about marijuana's harm. Regarding this topic, she has said, "This is not a war on drugs. It's a defense of our brains." Dr. Madras served as former deputy director of Demand Reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). She has published research in the areas of drug addiction, ADHD, and Parkinson's Disease.

Other confirmed workshops to be offered include how to incorporate prevention into local school lesson plans, integrating proven developmental assets for kids into coalition work, creating new funding sources for your organization, and how to gain support from your local hospital for your coalition.

General Public: $50

PreventionFIRST! Member Coalitions: $35

Registered Clock Hours to be offered through PreventionFIRST!; CHES hours are being applied for.

Conference Registration Here

For more information, contact PF! Community Coordinator Laura Allen at or (513) 751-8000.