Monthly Roundtable
Items for the Roundtable are to be emailed to ia.ac4c@gmail.com by the 20th of each month. 

April 2021

New 2021 AC4C Executive Board Officers  
Lorelle Mueting started serving on the board as an At-Large member in September of last year and was just elected President last month! She has been a member of AC4C for several years, serving on the Policy Workgroup and participating in the Marijuana Action Team. She is the Prevention Director at Heartland Family Services and the Director of the Prevention Means Progress (PMP) Coalition in Pottawattamie, Harrison, and Mills County in western Iowa and the greater Omaha metro area. 

Kristin Frank has served on the board as an At-Large member since May of 2020. She was just elected as the new AC4C Vice President! Kristin has been a member of AC4C for the past few years. She is a Co-chair for the Alcohol Action Team.  Kristin is the Prevention Manager at Prelude Behavioral Services and an active member of the Johnson County Prevention Coalition and participates in the Partnership for Alcohol Safety in Iowa City. 

Dana Allen joined AC4C in September of 2020.  She was just elected in March to the board and to the office of Secretary!  Dana has started attending the Alcohol, Marijuana and Nicotine Action Teams. She is the K-12 Outreach Coordinator with the Muscatine County Extension and Outreach and the county's CPPC (Community Partnerships for Protecting Children) Director. 

Kris Rankin has been a member of AC4C for many years and served on the board from September of 2017 to September of 2020 when she left her local coalition position for another job. Kris returned to be the Director of the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition again recently as their Coalition received the Federal Partnership for Success grant.  Kris was elected as Treasurer of the AC4C Board in March! Welcome back, Kris! 
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Newly elected, re-elected and current 2021 At-Large Members of the Board
   
David Condry has been a member of AC4C for several years and was just elected as a new At-Large Board member.  David is the Director of the Benton County Above the Influence Coalition.  David has participated in the AC4C Capacity Workgroup for a number of years. 

Jackie Preston has participated in AC4C for years.  She was also just elected as a new At-Large member of the AC4C Board.  Jackie is a Co-Chair of the Other Substances Action Team.  She is a Community Prevention Educator/Compliance Specialist at Pathways Behavioral Services and a part of several substance use prevention coalitions in their service area in and surrounding Black Hawk County. 

Stacie Schroeder has participated in AC4C for a number of years and became the Board Treasurer in November of 2019. She was just re-elected to the board and will serve as a new At-Large member. Stacie is the Chair of the Capacity Workgroup that has had a combined meeting with Marketing for the past couple years. She is also very active in the Policy Workgroup as well as the Alcohol, Marijuana, Nicotine and Other Substances Action Teams. She is the Director of the North Fayette Valley Community Coalition. 

Sue Greene has been a member of AC4C for several years. She was elected as an At-Large member in November of 2019 and re-elected to this position last month. Sue is the Chair of the Marketing Workgroup that has been meeting with Capacity for the past 2 years. Sue worked with Al Fear and others to establish CRUSH (Communities Resources United to Stop Heroin) chapters in eastern Iowa, is a Recovery Advocate and works at ZTM Sober Living in Dubuque.  

Julie Furne has also been a member of AC4C for several years. She is a current At-Large member of the board.  She started serving on the board in May of 2020.  Julie is the Co-Chair of the Other Substances Action Team and participates in the Capacity Workgroup as well as the Alcohol Action Team.  Julie is the Project Coordinator of the Jackson County Prevention Coalition and works for the Area Substance Abuse Council. 

Thank you all for serving so that AC4C can better fulfill our mission to unify Iowans to reduce youth substance misuse on a state and local level! 
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Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Events:
  • Retreat dates for the upcoming FY:                           
  • June 29 & 30, 2021       
  • Sept. 15 & 16, 2021
AC4C Day on the Hill 2022-February 24!

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

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Iowa ODCP

 

Iowa State Patrol

 

Iowa Department of Public Health & Your Life Iowa

 

Partnership for A Healthy Iowa

(formerly PDFI) 

 

VISION:
Connected Communities.
Effective Coalitions. 
Healthy Iowans. 

 MISSION:
Unifying Iowans to reduce youth substance misuse
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 3 @ 9:30am
Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- May 10 @ 9:30am 

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- April 19 and May 17 @ 9:30am 
Alcohol Action Team
Next meeting- April 26 and May 24 @ 9:30am
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Policy Work Group
 
Chair:   
Co-Chair: 
4th Wednesday at 2:00 pm usually 
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.
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Marketing and Communications Work Group (currently meeting with Capacity Work group)
Chair: Sue Greene
normally 3rd Monday at 2:00 pm 
Purpose
 
To build skills and provide resources to members of AC4C 
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Capacity Work Group (currently meeting with Marketing & Communications Group)

normally 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.

2021 AC4C
 Executive Board 

Top row - L to R: Lorelle Mueting- President, Kristin Frank- VP, Dana Allen- Secretary, Kris Rankin- Treasurer, and  Sue Greene- At Large member; Bottom row- L to R: (all At Large members) Julie Furne, Jackie Preston, Stacie Schroeder, and David Condry. 

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. 
 AC4C hosted two events on Alcohol in the past month! 

AC4C hosted two press conferences in the past month, the first was March 23 and the second April 6. The SAMHSA Communities Talk program provided the inspiration to get the first conference planned during our March Work Retreat. The Alcohol Action Team whipped up the plans with help from MCTC. The Action Team wanted to raise awareness about the increases in alcohol use and sales, alcohol-related liver disease, and access to alcohol, all of which have grown worse during the pandemic. The link to the first news conference story from KCRG is HERE.

After the success of the first press conference, the Policy Workgroup decided to plan another Zoom event focusing on Underage Drinking in Iowa during April, which is Alcohol Awareness month and talk about what can be done to not lose the progress made over the past 15 years. The middle school drinking rates rose according to the last Iowa Youth Survey. There is great concern that the increase in alcohol availability will translate into increases in use for all age groups.  The link to the recording of the second press conference is HERE.

Thanks to Peter Komendowski from the Partnership for a Healthy Iowa for leading both events, as well as Dr. Paul Gilbert for sharing his knowledge at both press conferences.  Thanks also to Mackenzie, our high school student, Aurion Redding, our college student, Senator Claire Celsi, Representative Sandy Salmon, and Maggie Ballard all for participating. AC4C will be continuing this conversation and making good use of the Communities Talk stipend to do so.   
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month


From the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI):
"Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

For 2021's Mental Health Awareness Month NAMI will continue to amplify the message of "You Are Not Alone." We will use this time to focus on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health and acknowledging that it's okay to not be okay through NAMI's blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events." Click HERE to learn more about NAMI and Mental Health Awareness Month. 

Your Life Iowa 
"If you or a loved one are facing a problem with alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health or suicidal thoughts, you're not alone. That is why the Iowa Department of Public Health has created YourLifeIowa.org so Iowans can chat live, text, or call and get reliable information and treatment options, and find nearby help." Click HERE to find help.  

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National Prevention Week 

National Prevention Week (NPW) is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day. Click HERE to learn more. 

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