Monthly Roundtable
Items for the Roundtable are to be emailed to by the 20th of each month. 
February 2021

 Coalition Spotlight on Camanche-Dewitt Coalition!
In the early 2000's Camanche had a coalition, the Caring Community Coalition of Camanche (4C), and DeWitt had a coalition, the Community Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) which they were both made up of a variety of community members that researched trends and solutions to reduce marijuana use, underage drinking, and medication abuse in their community. Because of similar missions, programs, youth abuse problems, lack of structural leadership, lack of operational funds, and funding cuts, the coalitions in Camanche and DeWitt merged in late summer of 2013 to combine resources and create one stronger, vibrant coalition, the Camanche DeWitt Coalition (CDC). The Camanche-DeWitt Coalition received their first five years of DFC Grant funding in 2015.

The coalition continues to see membership increase from year to year. One sector that has grown significantly is the youth. The coalition maintains a great working relationship with their area schools which allow coalition members to come in and speak directly to youth, whether it's for education, focus groups, or simply to recruit. Because of the partnership between the Camanche-DeWitt Coalition and AC4C, the coalition has been able to participate in the Day on the Hill event the past two years. The first year that the coalition brought students to Day on the Hill, the youth were not only able to meet with their local legislatures but also the Governor. 

One of the 7th grade students came back from that trip wanting to make a difference and approached her teacher and fellow classmates on increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21. The students learned all about the Strategic Prevention Framework from the coalition coordinator and the difference between lobbying and educating. The students worked diligently for a year working on this bill with their local Senator, sending out educational information to all of Iowa's Senate and House Representatives. The students were asked to be guests at a local fundraiser where they again got to meet with the Governor and educate them on tobacco/nicotine and the harms associated with vaping. The student's work paid off and they were invited to the Iowa Capitol to watch Governor Reynolds sign the Tobacco 21 bill into law.

Another accomplishment the Camanche-DeWitt Coalition has had in the implementation of their Hidden In Plain Sight Trailer (HIPS). Hidden in Plain Sight is an educational experience that walks you through a typical teenage bedroom.  The inside of the bedroom is set up with drug paraphernalia "Hidden in Plain Sight."  It is an interactive display/program that offers adults insights into current trends in youth substance abuse, drug paraphernalia, concealment of illicit drugs & alcohol.

The goal of the HIPS trailer is to educate community members about drug trends, paraphernalia, how to talk to youth about alcohol & drugs, and what to do if a problem is suspected. The coalition started HIPS in 2017 and has had over 2,500 people go through it. With COVID-19 hitting in 2020, the coalition hasn't been able to use the trailer but has started offering HIPS presentations online.

The Camanche-DeWitt Coalition finished up year 5 of the DFC grant in 2020 and was recently awarded the DFC grant for an additional 5 years. They look forward to continuing their work and making a positive impact in their communities when it comes to substance abuse.


 Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Day on the Hill, Virtual Press Conference
 Feb. 25, Noon

Here is the agenda for the Virtual Press Conference: 
Peter Komendowski, Partnership for a Healthy Iowa, Emcee

1. Aurion R. - College alcohol use
2. Courtney S. - ISTEP- Vaping
3. Sarah K. - Parent of son that nearly died from vaping- Tentative
4. Ashly K.- AMP (Alcohol and marijuana- how affected/affects her family/life)
5. Maggie B. - recovery from early addiction

You can access the Day on the Hill Toolkit HERE.  The Youth Training was sent out via email.  Please let Jennifer Husmann know if you did not receive the recorded training.

The press conference will be held live via Zoom, and will be recorded. We encourage youth groups and coalitions to try to meet with your legislators on-line too.  Please let us know if you need help locating your local state legislators or setting up a meeting with them. 

Our goal is that all groups have met with their legislators either before or a week after the Press Conference by March 5th and then can report back your success to us about how many attended youth trainings and how many coalitions had meetings with legislators.  Please invite your legislators to the live Press Conference. You will also be able to share the recording with them after if they cannot attend.

Register for the Press Conference HERE


AC4C March 10-11 Virtual Work Retreat Agenda
Wednesday, March 10- DAY 1:
 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 (except Action Teams 'til 3 p.m.)

9:00-9:30- Introductions
9:30-9:45- Previous and last-minute nominations by write-in and voting by Survey Monkey
9:45-10:00- break
10:00-11:00- Methamphetamine Training by Monica Wilke-Brown, IDPH
11:00-11:30- Share action plan for Year 8 submitted or soon to be
11:30-1:00- Lunch Break
1:00-1:15- Results of elections
1:15-2:15- Action Teams- Alcohol and Marijuana
2:15-2:45- Action Team report out
2:45-3:00- Wrap up. Preview of Day 2
Thursday, March 11- DAY 2:  
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
9:00-9:30 - Orientation
9:30-9:45 - Day One Recap/Highlights
9:45-11:30State Partners Updates and wrap up- highlights
11:30-12:30- Lunch Break (adjourn for those not able to join the Policy meeting after lunch)
12:30-1:30- Legislative Update from Dale Woolery during Policy Workgroup Meeting
1:30-Adjourn for all


Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Events:
  • Retreat dates for the upcoming FY:                           
  • Mar. 10 & 11, 2021 -   Registration is open HERE! (Agenda below.)  
  • June 29 & 30, 2021       
  • Sept. 15 & 16, 2021
  • AC4C Day on the Hill- Feb. 25, 2021, Virtual Press Conference at Noon (see updated info. below)

Resources to Share and Links to check out... 
Members keep up with the latest in the news

Looking for a training



Iowa State Patrol


Iowa Department of Public Health & Your Life Iowa


Partnership for A Healthy Iowa

(formerly PDFI) 


AC4C Board Members
Front - L to R: Jen Stolka, Katya Boltanova, Sandy Rayhons  Back L to R: Kris Rankin, Stacie Schroeder, Sue Greene. Not pictured: Lynne Coleman, Julie Furne, Kristin Frank and newest member, Lorelle Mueting. (Soon hopefully we can get together to get a new group picture.)

Connected Communities.
Effective Coalitions. 
Healthy Iowans. 

Unifying Iowans to reduce youth substance misuse
a state
and community level.

Join an Action Team or Work Group session every month!
Access the action team meetings on Mondays. Login information here
Other Substances Action Team
Next meeting - March 1 @ 9:30am
Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- March 8 @ 9:30am 

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- Feb. 15 and March 15 @ 9:30am 
Alcohol Action Team
Next meeting- Feb. 22 and March 22 @ 9:30am

Policy Work Group
4th Wednesday at 2:00 pm usually (January 27 is next one.)
Meeting information can be found here
Click here for meeting minutes

To collaborate with the community and statewide entities to advocate and educate on substance abuse legislation, policies, and related issues.
Marketing and Communications Work Group (currently meeting with Capacity Work group)
Chair: Sue Greene
normally 3rd Monday at 2:00 pm 
To build skills and provide resources to members of AC4C 

Capacity Work Group (currently meeting with Marketing & Communications Group)

normally 3rd Monday at 2:00 pm 
Click here for meeting minutes

Create a network of professionals that have a diverse knowledge, experience and interest.
Medication Disposal Resources

Do you know about RALI Iowa?
Check out this organization and information about their virtual trailer HERE

The Drug Endangered Conference on April 12 is full! They have had a tremendous registration turnout!

More resources...

Mid-America Prevention Training Transfer Center (PTTC) recently featured AC4C on their Podcast.  Check it out and their website for training opportunities and other resources to support prevention here in Iowa. 
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Alliance of Coalitions for Change
Katya Boltanova, Chair
Jennifer Husmann, Project Director, 319-462-4327 x 202