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Coalition Academy Workshop About Developmental Assets

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

Thank you to this year's presenters and attendees of Coalition Academy 2016 which was held on September 20 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. More than 100 individuals from all over Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana turned out to learn more about substance abuse prevention and grassroots community organizing.

Harvard University's Dr. Bertha Madras gave the keynote address stressing 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.

Objectives for the event were:

  • 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.

Other workshops that were 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, how to gain support from your local hospital for your coalition, how to approach changing local laws and ordinances in support of marijuana use prevention, how to assemble a rapid response team to address opioid overdoses, implementing environmental change in prevention, and the latest information about evidence-based practices in prevention, intervention and treatment by local addiction specialists.

Thank you to our presenters:

Dr. Bertha Madras

Dr. Clifford Cabansag- Lindner Center of HOPE

Dr. Jeffrey Craven-The Christ Hospital

Liz Knuppel- Skystone Partners

Deanna Shores- Coalition for a Healthy Middletown

Sarah White- Campbell Co. Drug Free Alliance

Allison Sharer- Wingspan Training

Christi Valentini-Lackner- Coalition for a Healthy, Safe and Drug-Free Greater Hamilton

Mary Makley Wolff- Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont Co.

Samantha Santen- Safe Passage

Bridgitte Taylor- Safe Passage

Meg Applegate- Margaret Mary Health

Kim Linkel- Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville

Lt. Dan Meloy- Colerain Twp. Public Safety Director

Project ReFRESH!

PreventionFIRST! has begun a new service project for local youth in need. Project ReFRESH!'s goal is to provide hygiene products to build confidence and optimism for a vibrant future for local boys and girls.

Stop by at PreventionFIRST!'s office, 2330 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to drop off unopened, unused hygiene products that will be distributed to local youth in need to assist with improving their self-esteem. Items that are being collected for both boys and girls include soap, deodorant, lotion, shaving cream, razors, tampons/pads, toothpaste/toothbrush, and shampoo/conditioner.

Handouts from Coalition Academy 2016 Presenters

"Developing New Funding Sources for Your Organization"- Liz Knuppel- Skystone Partners- Click here

"Moving Past Information/Education to Environmental Change"-Allison Sharer- Wingspan Training:

Environmental Prevention Document #1

Environmental Prevention Document #2

Environmental Prevention Document #3

Environmental Prevention Document #4

"Working Together: The Benefits to the Hospital & Coalition"- Kim Linkel & Meg Applegate- Click here