June 2023
AC4C Monthly Roundtable
New or "newish" to AC4C
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 them...you...us!
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. We started recognizing the first dozen members alphabetically by first names back a couple of newsletters ago. Here are more new or newish members! This list may be missing someone or may include someone who participated in AC4C a little before 2020. Please let Jennifer know if your name is missing from this list or the mid-March newsletter list!

Diane Buffo, The Wellness Coalition of Rural Linn County

Joy Gonnerman, Rosecrance Jackson Centers, serving several NW Iowa counties and coalitions

Julie Larsen, Heartland Family Service, serving the Prevention Means Progress (PMP) coalition in SW Iowa counties

Kelly Hutcheson, Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention of Hancock County

Peg Ragner, YSS, serving Story County Policy Board

Penny McCaslin, Cerro Gordo County Public Health, serving the North Iowa Addiction Prevention Alliance

Rachel Lundgren, Siouxland CARES About Substance Abuse

Dr. Shawn Dorius, ISU, Public Science Collaborative

Teresa King, Pathways Behavioral Services, serving several area county coalitions

Tiffani Pinkerton, Heartland Family Service, serving PMP in SW Iowa counties

Wendy Evans, Heartland Family Service, serving the PMP coalition covering Pottawattamie, Harrison and Mills Counties in Iowa

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: ac4cyouth@gmail.com
Upcoming Events and Retreats:

Dates for 2023 Quarterly Work retreats:

-June 7 & 8 (See below.)

-September 27 & 28

Resources to Share and Links to check out... 

Members, keep up with the latest in the news

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

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For help quitting tobacco call Quitline Iowa at 800-Quit-Now
AC4C Quarterly Work Retreat next week- June 7 & 8

It is not too late to register for the AC4C retreat next week, Wednesday and Thursday, June 7 & 8 at Camp Dodge in Johnston at the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center. See the agenda below. The youth are joining us for Day 1 for a Leadership Ropes/Reaction Challenge Course in the morning and for fun, training and sharing in the afternoon with the adults. If any youth are coming whose adult sponsors have not sent in their Ropes Course permission forms or let Jennifer know they are coming, please do so before Tuesday, June 6. Adults can register for the retreat HERE. This is a hybrid retreat with a virtual link available. Free lodging is provided as well by indicating this is needed when registering. Please bring $10 cash or check (or you can Venmo AC4C) with you for lunch on Wednesday as we will be ordering pizza together with the kids.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
DAY 1: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

9:00-9:30 am – Youth & Adults Registration, coffee, and networking at MCTC or on Zoom
9:30 am-Noon – Youth on the National Guard’s Challenge Course
9:30-10:00 am Orientation
10:00-10:25 am – Adults Introductions
10:25-10:30 am – Approval of March AC4C Retreat Minutes
10:30-10:45 am – Break
10:45 am-12:00 pm – Action Teams & Workgroups
1:00-1:30 pm – Icebreaker
1:30-2:45 pm – Vaping: Creating the Guinea Pig Generation by Joy Gonnerman
 2:45-3:00 pm- Break
 3:00-4:00 pm – Youth & Adult Discussion: What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood
4:00-4:30 pm – Wrap-up, Review of Day 2

Thursday, June 8, 2023
DAY 2: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
8:30-9:00 am Registration
9:00-9:15 am – Introductions
9:15-10:30 am – State Partner Sharing
10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45 am-Noon State Partner Sharing Continued
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch Break (Lunch on your own – time to network with others)
1:30-2:00 pm – Mid-year evaluation report- Mary Schissel
2:00-2:30 pm - Discussion around CBD & THC Products & Hot Topics in Iowa
2:30-2:45 pm – Break
2:45-3:45 pm – What’s new in your coalition? Are any resources needed?
3:45-4:00 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- June 5 @ 9:30

Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- June 12 @ 9:30

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- June 19 @ 9:30

Alcohol Action Team
Next meetings- June 26 @ 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.

2023 AC4C Board
Connected Communities.

Effective Coalitions.

Healthy Iowans.