Coalition Strategies



2015 Coalition Academy Keynote Speaker- Ann Barnum, Interact for Health

Coalition Academy 2015 - "Moving Coalitions Forward"

This year's Coalition Academy conference was held on September 30 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. It brought together coalitions, community members, public health professionals from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio to learn more about substance abuse prevention. There were three conference tracks available: 

  •  Media and Promotion of Prevention
  •  Coalition Development
  •  Public Impact of Substance Abuse Prevention

The three objectives for the conference were:

  • Participants developed skills essential to building the capacity and sustainability of coalitions.
  • Participants increased their understanding of how substance abuse risk factors interact with each other in ways that increase their threat to community health.
  • Participants developed skills that contribute to more effective communications with community members. 



#1 Media & Promotion of Prevention

- Social Media - Reaching your audience via different forms of social media in the best and most effective way (Tracy Mehan, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus)

- Marijuana prevention messaging (Darryl Brake, Summit County Community Partnership)

#2 Coalition Development

- DFC Prep -Panel Discussion- Getting your community prepared before applying for the grant. (Mary Wolff, Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County and Kim Linkel, Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville)

- Enhancing Parent-Child Communication About Drug Use (Dr. Keith King and Dr. Rebecca Vidourek, University of Cincinnati): Enhancing Parent-Child Communication Presentation Here

- Retrieving and properly using qualitative data; how to manually evaluate your coalition's work on a budget (how to conduct focus groups, key leader interviews, scans). (Nicole Schiesler of PreventionFIRST!): Data Driven Coalition Presentation Here

- How to empower youth to carry out strategies for your coalition (Dr. Holly Raffle, Ohio University and Valerie Leach, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services): Youth Empowerment Presentation Here

- Cultural competence of your coalition's outreach. Effectively communicating and working with individuals in your community. (Mary Wolff, Director of the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County, Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinator for FAST TRAC, and current Miami Township Trustee)

- Business Side of Non-Profits (Mary F. Haag, President/Executive Director/CEO, PreventionFIRST!): Business Side of Non-Profits Presentation Here

#3 Public Impact of Substance Abuse Prevention

- Relating substance abuse to public health issues across the board (Rebecca Stowe, Hamilton County Public Health Department and Jackie Phillips, Middletown Health Department)

- Transformational Leadership- getting the best from your coalition members-(Dr. Judith Millesen, Ohio University)

- SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment) -  How coalitions can use this evidence-based model, and ways it impacts public health. (Kathleen Gmeiner, Universal Health Care Action Network Ohio- UHCAN Ohio and Chandra Corbin, Norwood Health Department): Overview of SBIRT Presentation Here

-Opiate prevention planning and how to advocate for OARRS system (Cameron McNamee, Ohio Board of Pharmacy)