April 2022
AC4C Monthly Roundtable
Spotlight on Appanoose County Collaboration Council and SIPDO!

SIPDO, What is that?
SIPDO stands for Strategic Initiatives to Prevent Drug Overdoses. SIPDO is funding provided by the state of Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse through the Federal CDC Overdose Data to Action Grant. SIPDO covers nine counties in the state, including 4 counties in the Seida Community Action area in southeast Iowa, Appanoose, Keokuk, Mahaska and Wapello counties.

The Appanoose County Collaboration Council, including the city administrator of Centerville and the police department, give their input and ideas to help guide the SIPDO project in their county.
SIPDO County Coordinators:
     Each county is assigned a coordinator that works with the community. They encourage individuals and organizations to help with four major strategies in cooperation with county coalitions.
SIPDO Training Coordinator:
     The training coordinator informs individuals and organizations regarding Substance Use Disorders/SUD. Some of the training that they provide education on include:
    “Trauma-Informed Care for First Responders”
    “Psychostimulants: The Vital Information for Iowa’s Front Line”
    “Primary Prevention Strategies to Address Opioid Use at the Community Level”
    “Stigma associated with Substance Use Disorders”
    And many more…..
The four major strategies:
 ●     Strategy One: Media Campaign
    Radio spots, TV commercials, and visual banners highlight who the person is rather than the medical battle of addiction. (“See the Person Not the Addiction”)
     Strategy Two: Alterations to the Physical Environment:
    The city or county leadership works to change the environments which are leading to increased drug use in the county. (Lighting, Cameras, etc.)
     Strategy Three: Surveillance of High-Risk Public Areas:
    Local law enforcement and community members address “hot spots” where drugs are being sold in communities through increased surveillance efforts.
     Strategy Four: Academic Detailing:
    SIPDO County Coordinator meets with physicians and nurse practitioners to discuss alternatives to pain management and the dangers of prescribing opioids and amphetamines.
The goals of the SIPDO grant include:
     Reduce licit (not forbidden by law) and illicit (forbidden by law) drug deaths.
     Use data to monitor emerging trends and direct prevention activities for licit and illicit opioids and other drugs.
     Strengthen state and local capacity to respond to the drug overdoses crisis.
     Work with healthcare providers, first responders, and other public-facing entities to reduce unsafe exposure to opioids.
     Coordinate with public safety and community-based partners to rapidly identify overdose threats, reverse overdoses, link people to effective treatment, and reduce the harms associated with licit and illicit drugs.
     Increase public awareness about the risks of opioids.

The majority of the strategies are done by the coordinator with the help of their supervisor if needed, and the training is done by the training coordinator. Coordinators get guidance from other coordinators in the SIPDO counties to increase the awareness within the community and hopefully decrease the overdoses.

The Appanoose County Collaboration Council is mainly focused on meth and opioids. There is one coordinator in Appanoose County, a supervisor, and a training coordinator. SIPDO efforts focus on all four of these strategies at once until the goals are met. Once the goals of the strategy are completed, the coordinator and council still have to maintain them and keep increasing the awareness to hopefully decrease the stigma around substance use disorders. The SIPDO project and the Appanoose County Collaboration Council use the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process (see the photo below) throughout their work.

(Thanks to Cristy Toloza for updating us on the Appanoose County Collaboration Council and SIPDO. )

AC4C is still seeking a
Youth Coordinator!

AC4C has a 10 hour/week paid Youth Coordinator position open immediately. We have budgeted $30/hr. for the position. This Youth Coordinator will work with the AC4C Youth as well as complete other related AC4C work in the Drug Free Community grant action plan. The work is mostly virtual so can be done from anywhere in Iowa, except for attending a couple events yearly and quarterly retreats. There are 2.5 years left of the DFC grant so this position will last that long at least. Please see the job description HERE. If you know of anyone who would be a good fit for this position, please encourage them to send their resume to Jennifer Husmann or Lorelle Mueting, AC4C Board President, Also, if you have any questions about the position, feel free to ask either person above.
Meet Yajaira, AC4C's new Graduate Assistant, working on alcohol marketing and data collection related to the changes around alcohol since COVID, both alcohol use and the alcohol access due to new policies.

Hello! My name is Yajaira Bolanos, and I am a graduate student at the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. I am studying to obtain my Master of Public Health in Community and Behavioral Health with a special interest in Maternal and Child Health. I was born and raised in Des Moines, IA with two younger sisters. Growing up I always had a passion for learning about health, especially for the well-being of others. I value family and acknowledge the importance of not just taking care of others but it’s also important to take care of ourselves in order to help others. During my career, I have created meaningful relationships that have shown me to have compassion for everyone I meet and everything I do. My interest in public health and nursing has guided me to achieve my goal of working with diverse communities and underrepresented populations. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, running, spending time with my family, going to church, and going on adventures. 
Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Retreats and Events: 
  • June 28 & 29, 2022
  • Sept. 14 & 15, 2022
  • AC4C PREVENTION Conference- November 2, 2022!
  • Next Year's AC4C Day on the Hill- February 23, 2023.
(Registration is open for the retreats at MCTC's Course Calendar HERE.)
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Looking for a training


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

Welcome to our newly elected and appointed AC4C Board members! Thank you for serving!
Heather Hotchkiss is the Secretary for the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Buchanan County. Heather was on last year's Prevention Conference Planning Committee and has agreed to be on this year's too.
Taylor Householder is the Coordinator for the CAUSE (Community Action on Underage Substance Elimination) Coalition in Winnebago County. She is also the co-chair of the AC4C Marijuana Action Team. Taylor was appointed to fill a vacant position on the board and generously accepted.
Cheryl Buntsma is a Prevention Specialist at Rosecrance Jackson Centers. Cheryl serves Lyon, Osceola and O'Brien Counties and attends several coalitions in these counties to address substance use prevention efforts. Cheryl participates on the Nicotine Action Team and has volunteered to be on the Sustainability Workgroup.
Joy Gonnerman is a Prevention Specialist at Rosecrance Jackson Centers. She serves Woodbury, Ida and Plymouth Counties. She is a member of the Siouxland CARES Coalition, the Ida County Community Alliance, and the Plymouth County Health Planning Committee. Joy participates on the Marijuana and Other Substances Action Teams.
Congratulations to Julie Furne also for being re-elected to the Board! Julie is the Project Coordinator for the Jackson County Prevention Coalition and an employee of the Area Substance Abuse Council. She has been an at-large member on the AC4C Board for the past 2 years. She is also the co-chair of the Other Substances Action Team and participates on the Alcohol Action Team and Capacity Workgroup. She has volunteered to help with the Sustainability group too.
Ben Cort spoke to several Legislators and trained AC4C Members

The quarterly work retreat on March 22-23 and Legislative Learning event on the 23rd made for a busy 2 days with two trainings for members. Ben Cort spoke on Day 2 and answered questions for about 9 legislators. There were a total of 65 members and partners who attended all or part of the retreat.

AC4C will actually be having a virtual Part 2 of the Culturally Responsive Trauma Informed Approach to Substance Misuse Prevention by the Native PTTC on April 29, 11 a.m. If you would like to be included on the email about that training please contact Jennifer at jhusmann@asac.us.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

The goal of alcohol awareness month is to reduce the social stigma associated with alcoholism, educate people on how the disease can be addressed, offer help and advice for families, engage community partnerships, and hold conversations around reducing access to alcohol.  

Yajaira Bolanos has taken the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center's April Alcohol Awareness Media Toolkit and made it easier for AC4C members to use. The first few weeks we have already seen a bunch of shares on our AC4C Facebook page with the posts ready to go and more members are creating their own posts using the tool kit too.

April doesn't have to be the only time you use these social media posts, op-eds and example of letters to policy makers. Here are the weekly themes that are important all year round:

*Harms to Others/Impaired Driving/Violence

*Increases in Alcohol-Related Emergency Room Visits

*Alcohol’s Role in The Opioid Epidemic (Through April 17) 

And yet to come this month, if you would like to participate during the designated week:
 Week 4: Alcohol and Cancer
(April 18-24) 

Check out the AC4C Facebook Page HERE to easily share or let us know if you want the campaign emailed to you. You can also get social media animated memes, example op-eds and letters at the NWPTTC website HERE.

An Op-Ed from Stacie Schroeder on behalf of AC4C from this campaign was recently published in the Des Moines Register. Check it out HERE.

Two more great resources that have come out so far this month and can be used to tell the story of what is going on with alcohol in Iowa:

The Outlet Density Report by ISU researchers Shawn and Cass Dorius and Kelsey Van Selous. We will be hearing more about how to use it soon, but it is fascinating research to view already.

The Alcohol Action Network just released this State Profile of Alcohol in Iowa. Check out the infographics to the right. All the sources are sited on page 2 in the blue link above.


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- May 2 @ 9:30

Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- May 9 @ 9:30

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- April 18 and May 16 @ 9:30

Alcohol Action Team
Next meetings- April 25 and May 23 @ 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.

Marketing and Communications Work Group (currently meeting with Capacity Work group)

Seeking a new Chair. Let Jennifer or an AC4C Board Member know if you are interested.

Purpose: To build skills and provide resources to members of AC4C 

Capacity Work Group (currently meeting with Marketing & Communications 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

In case you cannot read the small print in the picture above, please check out the link on the left of the full document. Under Morbidity the fact states: "Adjusting for age, Iowa has the 6th highest alcohol-associated cancer incidence rate in the country."
2021 AC4C Board
Previous (and current) board members listed to right. Picture of the full new board will be coming soon.