July 2022
AC4C Monthly Roundtable
Use the CAP Tool
 if ordering Alcohol

At the June retreat, Dr. Gilbert and Yajaira Bolanos Flores, AC4C's Graduate Assistant working on efforts to reduce excessive drinking and other drug use through research and marketing efforts, announced the kick off of the Community Assessment Process (CAP) Tool for alcohol delivery, curbside pickup, and to-go alcohol. The tool was formerly known as the Observational Tool. These methods of obtaining alcohol have been increasing since the beginning of COVID. AC4C will gather information through December 31, 2022.

The goal of this project is to document what happens when an adult of legal drinking age buys alcohol for home delivery or to-go from a licensed establishment in Iowa. We want to know if these services and retailers are checking IDs and following other compliance protocols.  

Please consider helping AC4C gather important information about how alcohol laws are working in Iowa. If you are aged 21 years or older and have purchased alcohol in the past year, we would welcome your help. Please contact Yajaira to sign up at yajaira-bolanosflores@uiowa.edu.
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, please help connect them with Alaina Elliott-Wherry, our new Youth Coordinator. They, or you, can send an email to: ac4cyouth@gmail.com
Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Retreats and Events: 

Sept. 7 & 8, 2022 (Register HERE.)
(Notice change of date. Still meeting both days. The agenda will be out soon.)

Substance Use Prevention Conference
all day in Clinton County
Sept. 20!
Laura Stack from Johnny's Ambassadors and Will Jones from Smart Approaches to Marijuana will be a couple of the speakers! More information coming soon


  • AC4C PREVENTION Conference- November 2, 2022! More details coming soon!
  • Next Year's AC4C Day on the Hill- February 23, 2023.

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...


Mid-America Prevention Training Transfer Center (PTTC) featured AC4C on their Podcast. Check it out and their website for training opportunities and other resources to support prevention here in Iowa. 

Celebrate National Parents day by calling Quitline Iowa today!
800-Quit Now
For help quitting tobacco call Quitline Iowa at 800-Quit-Now
Environmental Scans done at the
AC4C Work Retreat

Also during the June retreat, those in person and some of those attending virtually, hit the streets of the communities and ventured to stores and shops to see what was really being sold inside and what was being advertised outside. They looked at how close the businesses were to each other and vulnerable populations like where children are attending school or daycare or enjoying playgrounds.

The groups discussed what they saw in each place and shared the photos they took. Local coalitions can share the information with their members and decide if they will talk with their businesses, work on local outlet mapping, work on zoning for prevention of licensing for certain types of stores, and/or work on media campaigns to teach parents and other caregivers about what is being marketed to and sold around children. The AC4C action teams are discussing next steps with the data collected.

Delta 9 Gummies
It's a little hard to tell which Mtn. Dew Baja Blast has alcohol and which doesn't at first glance with the same colors and name.

Connected Communities.
Effective Coalitions. 
Healthy Iowans. 


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- August 1 @ 9:30

Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- August 8 @ 9:30

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- August 15 @ 9:30

Alcohol Action Team
Next meetings- July 25 and August 22 @ 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

Jackie Preston

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.

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