March 2023
AC4C Monthly Roundtable

New or "newish" to the AC4C Team!

We have had many new members and state partners join AC4C over the past three years. The Capacity/Marketing Workgroup decided it was time to celebrate that and celebrate!

Some of the newer members and partners are individuals from agencies or coalitions who are new to the prevention field. Some have served in prevention or related fields for a number of years, but heard more about AC4C and realized how valuable it is to be a part of a statewide prevention coalition where members and partners learn and glean ideas from each other or join together on issues statewide for a stronger voice.

We are so thankful for everyone in AC4C, the members who have been around many years, and for these new or newer members/partners who have joined AC4C since 2020. This list will just be the first dozen newer members by first names alphabetically on our member list. Even then it may be missing someone or may include someone who participated in AC4C a little before 2020. If your name is missing, let Jennifer know. Next month, we'll continue with celebrating 10 more new or "newish" members/partners!

Amanda Rogers, Van Buren SAFE and Lee County, The Best You Coalitions

Ashley Havenstrite, Helping Services for Youth and Families serving Fayette, Allamakee, and Delaware Counties and coalitions

Autumn Hartman, Rosecrance Jackson Centers serving several NW Iowa Counties and coalitions

Carrie Hough, Community and Family Resources, serving Johnson County and its coalitions

Cathy Slade, Iowa SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone)

Cheryl Buntsma, Rosecrance Jackson Centers serving Sioux, Lyon, Osceola and O'Brien Counties and coalitions

Christina Skiles, Area Substance Abuse Council, serving Clinton and Jackson Counties and coalitions

Christine Riggert, Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Health Care, serving several North Central Iowa Counties and coalitions

Christy Hagen, Heartland Family Service, Prevention Means Progress Coalition serving Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie Counties in Iowa

Clint Kendrick, Children and Families of Iowa and Parent Partners serving many counties in central/southeast Iowa

Cristy Toloza, SEIDA, serving the Appanoose County SIPDO Coalition

Danielle Knight, Rosecrance Jackson Centers, serving Shelby and Crawford County and coalitions

Each one of you are doing great work in your own areas, and you add so much to AC4C by attending and giving input during action teams and/or at retreats. Thank you for joining AC4C and for all you do to make Iowa a better place!
AC4C members, state partners and others, if you have teens in your coalitions, schools, family, or other areas of your life who might be interested in being a part of AC4C Youth. They, or you, can send an email to:
Upcoming Events and Retreats:

Dates for 2023 Quarterly Work retreats:

-March 29 & 30 See registration and retreat details below! Legislative Learning Event, DEC training, Marijuana training and CEUs!

-June 7 & 8
-September 27 & 28

Resources to Share and Links to check out... 

Members, keep up with the latest in the news

Looking for a training


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

More resources...


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

For help quitting tobacco call Quitline Iowa at 800-Quit-Now
Be looking for the AC4C table at the DEC Conference April 3!
It's not too late to Register yet for the DEC Conference.

After hearing Dr. Ira Chasnoff at the DEC Conference last year, several AC4C members and partners had or are having events featuring Dr. Chasnoff as a speaker. See the upcoming events below. The first one is next week, March 23 in Council Bluffs. Registration is still open. More information about the event is available at that link.
The CASA Summit is in April. For more information and the registration link click HERE.

AC4C Work Retreat March 29-30

Our spring 2-day work retreat will be a little different this year with the first day just being a half day in the afternoon. We have lots of exciting things happening with board elections, a Drug Endangered Children training the first afternoon, and the Legislative Learning Breakfast with Dale Quigley early the next morning at the Capitol. Dale is the Executive Director of the National Marijuana Initiative (NMI), HIDTA. Dale will lead AC4C in a training later in the morning on Day 2 at the Department of Public Safety. IBC CEUs have been approved for both trainings (DEC- 1.5 hours and NMI- 1.5 hours).

State Partner sharing will be in the afternoon on Day 2 instead of the morning. Please see the agenda below. Please Register HERE. We can get dorm room lodging at MCTC for $41 for the night of March 29. Please let Jennifer know if you need financial help from AC4C with lodging for that night. Also, please let us know if you are interested in adding your name to the ballot for AC4C Board elections!

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Hybrid – at Camp Dodge/MCTC/Building M10 with a Zoom Option
DAY 1: 12:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

12:30-12:45 pm – Registration and networking at MCTC or on Zoom
12:45-1:05 pm Introductions
1:05-1:10 pm – Approval of Minutes
1:10-1:30 pm – Elections for Open Positions on the Executive Board
1:30-3:00 pm Drug Endangered Children Training (Jennifer Sleiter, Kris Rankin, and Teresa King)
3:00-3:15 pm – Break
3:15 pm – Election Results Announced
3:15-4:00 pm – Observational Tool on Alcohol, CAP- Community Assessment Process RESULTS (Dr. Paul Gilbert and Yajaira Bolanos-Flores)
4:00 pm-4:30 pm – Quick updates from Action Teams and Workgroups
4:30 pm-4:45 pm - Wrap-up, highlights from today, & preview/logistics for Day 2
Thursday, March 30
Hybrid – at the Capitol/Legislative Dining Room G15 and Department of Public Safety/Lucas Building
DAY 2: 7 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
7:00-7:20 am - Arrive at the Capitol/Room G15/Legislative Dining Room
7:00-7:30 am - Set up, coffee, light breakfast, and networking 
7:30-8:15 am Dale Quigley- Presentation for Legislators
8:15-8:45 am – Networking with Dale Quigley and Legislators
8:45-9:15 am – Walk or get a ride down the hill to the Department of Public Safety
9:15-9:30 am - Networking while getting set up at DPS
9:30-9:45 am - Introductions
9:45-11:15 am Dale Quigley training- What have we learned in the last 10 years?
11:15 am-12:45 pm - Lunch on your own in the downtown area (Time to Network)
12:45-1:45 pm - State Partner Sharing
1:45-2:00 pm – Break
2:00-3:00 pm – State Partner Sharing continued
3:00-3:30 pm – What’s new in your coalition? Any resources needed?
3:30-3:45 pm – Highlights of retreat & upcoming events
VISION Statement:

To be the leading, statewide coalition and community based resource promoting the health of Iowans.  

 MISSION Statement:

Unifying Iowans to address substance use and mental health issues across the lifespan on 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- May 1 @ 9:30 (April's meeting is cancelled due to the DEC Conference.)

Marijuana Action Team (one new co-chair needed)
Next meeting- April 10 @ 9:30

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- March 20 and April 17, both @ 9:30

Alcohol Action Team
Next meetings- March 27 and April 24, both @ 9:30

Policy Work Group

4th Wednesday at 2:00 pm

Meeting information can be found here
Click here for meeting minutes

Purpose: To collaborate with the community and statewide entities to advocate and educate on substance abuse legislation, policies, and related issues.

Capacity/Marketing Work Group


3rd Monday at 2:00 pm

Click here for meeting minutes

Purpose: Create a network of professionals that have a diverse knowledge, experience and interest and to build skills and provide resources to members of AC4C.

Continue looking for the AC4C media campaigns like the "Social Media Access to Drugs" campaign above as the campaigns are running on digital venues across Iowa targeting concerned adults, parents and guardians. Check out this link to our website with more information related to this campaign or click on the image above:

2022 AC4C Board
Connected Communities.

Effective Coalitions.

Healthy Iowans.