Monthly Roundtable
Items for the Roundtable are to be emailed to by the 20th of each month. 
November 2020

 Spotlight on
 Jackson County
 Prevention Coalition

When COVID first reached Jackson County back in March, the youth members of Jackson County Prevention Coalition wanted to keep working on alcohol. One of the concerns the youth shared was that kids were now home all day, sometimes alone and there would be increased access to alcohol.  The group looked at traditional campaigns encouraging people to lock up or secure their alcohol. They felt the language was harsh. They group worked together to come up with the Accidental Bartender/Dealer Campaign. 

They decided to include medications in the campaign as the theme of securing them echoes the message about alcohol. After some discussion of how they were going to implement the campaign, they decided not to do posters as people were staying home at that time so putting posters in public places would not reach the target audience. They decided to go with billboards, lunch bag stickers, social media posts and radio PSAs, platforms that people who were staying at home would be reached. 

Jackson County Prevention Coalition assisted the youth in purchasing the media pieces.   Stickers with the campaign were placed on 1000 lunch bags that were sent home with students. Over 50% of the students and families were utilizing the free lunch program, so there was enough dosage to be impactful. The youth received positive feedback on the PSA's they wrote and recorded and the billboard they created. They were proud of the media campaign they designed. It was shared with coalitions across the country through CADCA's online community.

Great job, Jackson County Prevention Coalition and their youth in particular.  Please contact Julie Furne at for more information on their campaign! 


State-wide Marijuana Prevention Media Campaign is Here!

The Marketing Committee and Marijuana Action Team have been hard at work on a marijuana prevention campaign targeted towards parents and adults who care about youth. They have written a radio script and created this poster/printable/visual image that corresponds with the radio PSA about marijuana's harms to the developing brain, It also corresponds well with our youth radio spot that will be on Spotify after the new year.

You can use this image for Facebook or Instagram.  There is a Facebook cover photo of the image as well.  We have it in a PDF for a poster to print too.  You are free to use the radio script and we have recorded the script that will be available on You Tube and our website soon.  Please email us HERE if you would like any of these resources. 

We are close to deciding how best to get this campaign out across Iowa.  Stay tuned as this campaign is still evolving!  A special thanks goes to Jen Stolka, Sandy Rayhons, and Stacie Schroeder for all your extra work on this campaign!


AC4C Quarterly Virtual Work Retreat-
 December 2 and 3

It is already time for our next Retreat!  This will be the last work retreat for 2020 and our next one will be in the Spring of 2021 so you won't want to miss this opportunity to connect and further our work.

The theme of the retreat will be primarily about Sustainability! We'll be hearing from coalitions who have been around for a long time.  Katya Boltanova, our AC4C President, and International CADCA trainer, will lead us in a time of discussing AC4C's sustainability to begin updating our plan for the future.  

You can REGISTER HERE to participate in our Zoom retreat. 

Here is the basic agenda for the 2 day meeting: 

Day 1- Wed. Dec. 2

9 a.m. - Orientation (new and seasoned members)
9:30 -  Introductions
10:00- Sustainability Plan Discussion
11:00- Former DFC Coalitions 
11:30- Lunch Break
12:30- Finish Sustainability Discussion and former DFC Coalitions
1 p.m. - Annual Evaluation Report
Wrap Up
2:00 - Workgroups 

Day 2- Thurs. Dec. 3

9 a.m. - Recap/Highlights
9:15 - State Partner Updates
11:00- Workgroup Updates
11:15- Action Team breakouts
12:00- Action Team team report out and Wrap Up- End of Retreat
12:15- Lunch
1:15 - Executive Board meeting

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Events:
  • Retreat dates for the upcoming FY:                
  • Dec. 2 & 3, 2020 (see information below)           
  • Mar. 10 & 11, 2021       
  • June 29 & 30, 2021       
  • Sept. 15 & 16, 2021
  • AC4C Day on the Hill- Feb. 25, 2021

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 - Dec. 7 @ 9:30am
Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- Dec. 14 @ 9:30am 

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- Dec 21 @ 9:30am 
(Since this newsletter is coming out mid-month, see November meeting here and December dates above.)
Alcohol Action Team
Next meeting- Nov. 23 @ 9:30am
(We'll be deciding about December soon.)

Policy Work Group
4th Wednesday at 2:00 pm (November's meeting will be during the Dec. Retreat.  December's TBD.)
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

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