February 2015
SAFE Member News

Check out the SAFE Coalition Website HERE!

February Events



2nd-6th CADCA Forum

10th & 11th- Merchant Train

15-21st- Through with Chew

17th- SAFE meeting

25th- AC4C Day on Hill



For a listing of all YLC meeting dates/times please visit the YLC website for more information:


       YLC Calendar  



             YLC Activities  

February will be a quiet month for YLC members. They will spend most of their month planning for events later in the spring. Van Buren High School is doing a couple of activities for Through with Chew week. This is a week dedicated to encouraging people to quit using chewing tobacco. They will be passing out packs of gum to students that say "Chew Gum not Tobacco" as well as having a pledge wall to pledge to be chewing tobacco free. The students will develop an article that also goes along with the activities to bring awareness to the dangers of chewing tobacco.



Select YLC members will be attending AC4C's Day on the Hill event in Des Moines on February 25th.




To learn more about YLC or these events you can check out the

Facebook Page 


Flicker Account 

More information on YLC activities can be found on the YLC website!

Training Opportunities
Upcoming Training Opportunities Include:
2-5th- CADCA Forum
25th- YLC Day on the Hill
Click Here for the --->Training Calendar
Upcoming Coalition Travel Includes:
February 4th-6th-
CADCA National Leadership Forum- Washington DC (Heidi Bainbridge)
February 25th-
Day on the Hill- Des Moines
(Heidi Bainbridge- Youth TBD)
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Partnership For Success


Van Buren County SAFE Coalition has been selected by the Iowa Department of Public Health to receive a Partnership for Success Grant (PFS). PFS grant programs are also intended to bring SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to a national scale, providing opportunities for recipients to acquire additional resources to implement the SPF process at the state and community levels. These programs promote the alignment and leveraging of prevention resources and priorities at the federal, state, and community levels. 


Van Buren County will receive Partnership for Success Funding to continue the work of the SAFE Coalition by addressing underage and binge drinking. These funds will begin February 1, 2015 and run through September 29, 2019. The coalition will spend the first year completing a community assessment to identify the impact they have had over the last 10 years with the Drug Free Communities Funds and determine the next steps to continue making community change in Van Buren County.


During Year one the following objectives are to be met:

1. Identify a project Evaluator

2. Engage a county wide coalition

3. Ensure representation from the required sectors

4. Attend IDPH required training

5. Complete the assessment step of the SPF

 - Review local data

- Create a needs assessment- submit to IDPH

6. Complete the capacity step of the SPF

- Review county capacity

- Complete a Capacity and Resource plan- submit to IDPH


Bainbridge Receives National Awards for Coalition Work

Heidi Bainbridge, from the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition, was named the 2015 Advocate of the Year & Outstanding Academy Instructor by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the nation's leading substance abuse prevention organization representing over 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions across the country. Bainbridge received her awards February 5th during CADCA's 25th annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, MD.

The Advocate of the Year award recognizes substance abuse prevention leaders who are exceptional advocates for the drug prevention field, forging relationships and educating their elected officials throughout the year about key substance abuse-related issues and helping to ensure that Members of Congress understand the importance of community coalitions. Heidi is one of two coalition leaders in the United States who received CADCA's Advocate of the Year Award.


The Outstanding Academy Instructor Award recognizes the commitment of the trainer to the innovative delivery of academy materials and exceptional technical assistance services to CADCA Academy students.



"Heidi truly exemplifies the meaning of these awards. She is a tireless advocate for the substance abuse prevention field and understands the importance of educating lawmakers and other coalition leaders about effective ways to reduce teen drug use," said CADCA Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean. "We are honored to be able to call attention to some of her work."


CADCA's National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest and premier training event for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, featuring more than 70 courses to help participants learn effective strategies to address drug-related problems in their communities.



Merchant Trainings
The next merchant training will be held in February for any business in the county who has employees who need to be trained.
February Trainings are scheduled for:
February 10th- 6:00pm
February 11th- 9:00am
The February trainings will be held at the Community Service Center in Keosauqua. RSVP is required for all training please call 319-293-6412 or email

The next set of trainings will be held in April:
April 21st- 6pm
April 22nd- 9am
Businesses should have received their quarterly Merchant News in January. If you did not please contact the coalition to ensure you are on their list. Also if you would like to have this publication emailed to you on a quarterly basis please email 1) Business Name 2)Contact Person 3)Contact email to

Just a reminder to businesses: The coalition recommends three steps for training employees:
1) Orientation DVD (provided by the coalition)
2) VB SAFE Merchant Training
3) IPACT ABD Training (ABD Online)
For assistance with this process you may contact the coalition at the number or email above.  

Van Buren County SAFE Coalition - 405 4th St  -  Keosauqua, Iowa 52565