February 2023
AC4C Monthly Roundtable
2023 Coalition
of the Year: Jackson County Prevention Coalition!

We are so proud of our members, the Jackson County Prevention Coalition (JCPC)! They received the "Got OUTCOMES!" National Coalition of the Year award that was given by CADCA (Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America). CADCA represents 5,000 coalitions from across the United States and 33 countries. In October, they selected 15 coalitions to be Blue Ribbon Coalitions, recognizing outstanding coalitions. From the 15 they chose three award winners, with the Coalition of the Year being the top award.

JCPC was selected because of their ability to demonstrate long term outcomes in reducing youth alcohol use. 11th grade 30 day use was 42% in 2008 when the coalition started and was 21% in the last IYS in 2021. 8th grade numbers showed the most dramatic decline, from 22% reporting last 30 day use in 2008 to 4% in 2021. 6th grade last 30 day use went from 9% in 2008 to 5% in 2021. All data points are from the Iowa Youth Survey for Jackson County

Congratulations to JCPC from all of us at AC4C! Here is a picture of them receiving their award at the CADCA Leadership Forum.
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. They, or you, can send an email to: ac4cyouth@gmail.com
Upcoming Events and Retreats:

AC4C Day on the Hill- February 23, 2023 (See details below.)

Dates for 2023 Quarterly Work retreats:
-March 29 & 30 -notice date- CONFIRMED- See Registration and Retreat details below! Legislative Learning Event, DEC training, Marijuana training and CEUs!
-June 7 & 8
-September 27 & 28

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...


Did you know February 17 is "Random Act of Kindness Day"?
Pay It Forward. 
Thank you, Sandy!

Thanks to Sandy Rayhons for all her years of service with AC4C on the Executive Board and Chair of the Marijuana Action Team, and with the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) out of Hancock County! Good luck, Sandy, with your new job still serving others, but now focusing on meeting the needs of the older population. We will miss working with you, Sandy!!
AC4C Work Retreat March 29-30

Our spring 2-day work retreat will be a little different this year with the first day just being a half day in the afternoon. We have lots of exciting things happening with board elections, a Drug Endangered Children training the first afternoon, and the Legislative Learning Breakfast with Dale Quigley early the next morning at the Capitol. Dale is the Executive Director of the National Marijuana Initiative (NMI), HIDTA. Dale will lead AC4C in a training later in the morning on Day 2 at the Department of Public Safety. We are requesting IBC CEUs for both trainings (DEC and NMI).

State Partner sharing will be in the afternoon on Day 2 instead of the morning. We'll still have a virtual option for the retreat, but we are not sure yet if we will have that available for the Legislative Learning event. We will try to have the sound be as good as possible for the trainings, but as we all know with virtual technology, it can be a challenge. Please see the agenda below. Please Register HERE. We can get dorm room lodging at MCTC for $41 for the night of March 29. Please let Jennifer know if you need financial help from AC4C with lodging for that night. Also, please let us know if you are interested in adding your name to the ballot for AC4C Board elections!

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Hybrid – at Camp Dodge/MCTC/Building M10 with a Zoom Option
DAY 1: 12:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

12:30-12:45 pm – Registration and networking at MCTC or on Zoom
12:45-1:05 pm Introductions
1:05-1:10 pm – Approval of Minutes
1:10-1:30 pm – Elections for Open Positions on the Executive Board
1:30-3:00 pm Drug Endangered Children Training (Jennifer Sleiter, Kris Rankin, and Teresa King)
3:00-3:15 pm – Break
3:15 pm – Election Results Announced
3:15-4:00 pm – Observational Tool on Alcohol, CAP- Community Assessment Process RESULTS (Dr. Paul Gilbert and Yajaira Bolanos-Flores)
4:00 pm-4:30 pm – Quick updates from Action Teams and Workgroups
4:30 pm-4:45 pm - Wrap-up, highlights from today, & preview/logistics for Day 2
Thursday, March 30
Hybrid – at the Capitol/Legislative Dining Room G15 and Department of Public Safety/Lucas Building
DAY 2: 7 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
7:00-7:20 am - Arrive at the Capitol/Room G15/Legislative Dining Room
7:00-7:30 am - Set up, coffee, light breakfast, and networking 
7:30-8:15 am – Dale Quigley- Presentation for Legislators
8:15-8:45 am – Networking with Dale Quigley and Legislators
8:45-9:15 am – Walk or get a ride down the hill to the Department of Public Safety
9:15-9:30 am - Networking while getting set up at DPS
9:30-9:45 am - Introductions
9:45-11:15 am – Dale Quigley training- The latest on Marijuana and the nitty gritty for Prevention
11:15 am-12:45 pm - Lunch on your own in the downtown area (Time to Network)
12:45-1:45 pm - State Partner Sharing
1:45-2:00 pm – Break
2:00-3:00 pm – State Partner Sharing continued
3:00-3:30 pm – What’s new in your coalition? Any resources needed?
3:30-3:45 pm – Highlights of retreat & upcoming events

AC4C Youth
Substance Use Prevention
Day on the Hill

February 23, 2023

Putting Our Youth First: Challenging Addiction-for-Profit

We are excited to have another great Day on the Hill event planned. Here is the updated Day on the Hill Toolkit with all the information you and your youth need to know before the day! The day's schedule will be very much like other years. Plan to arrive in Des Moines at 10 a.m. The youth training will be in the Jessie Parker building at 10:15 a.m. We will have lunch there (bring $5 per person) and then walk over to the Capitol for the press conference in the Rotunda from Noon to 12:30.

The Press Conference will include the following speakers:

Hannah Barker, AC4C Youth, West Hancock ASAP Coalition

Haylee Montgomery, Youth from Jackson County Prevention Coalition

Law Enforcement, Jackson County

Julie Doeppke, 5C Coalition (Clayton County) personal story of losing her brother to alcohol

Maggie Ballard, Prevention Specialist, Heartland Family Service

Please invite your legislators to the press conference which will be full of stories from youth and others on how alcohol and marijuana is affecting youth and all Iowans. Typically groups meet with their legislators after that and tour the Capitol a bit learning all about the legislative process before returning home. It is a great learning day for the youth on how important their voices are as citizens! Register your group now by emailing Jennifer.
VISION Statement:

To be the leading, statewide coalition and community based resource promoting the health of Iowans.  

 MISSION Statement:

Unifying Iowans to address substance use and mental health issues across the lifespan 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- March 6 @ 9:30

Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- March 13 @ 9:30

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- February 20 and March 20, both @ 9:30

Alcohol Action Team
Next meetings- February 27, and March 27 both @ 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


Need a new co-chair. Please let Jackie or Jennifer know if you are interested.

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 and to build skills and provide resources to members of AC4C.

Continue looking for the AC4C media campaigns like the "Social Media Access to Drugs" campaign above as the campaigns are running on digital venues across Iowa targeting concerned adults, parents and guardians. Check out this link to our website with more information related to this campaign or click on the image above:

The following message is also scrolling on mobile devices and through other digital venues this month as we head to our Day on the Hill on February 23 with a similar theme of "Putting our Youth First: Challenging Addiction-for-Profit."

As people click on the message or banner above they are taken to our website with more information related to this campaign as well. (You can try clicking for more information too.)
More pictures of highlights from our CADCA Leadership Forum!

All 28 Iowans in the Washington DC area for the Leadership Forum were invited to meet in person with our Senators Grassley and Ernst, and some of us met with Representative Miller-Meeks as well.
The Jackson County group met with Senator Grassley separately as they were invited to tour the White House because of their Coalition of the Year award. The rest of us were meeting with Senator Grassley at that time.
The Van Buren and Lee County group pictured with Senator Ernst.
The Camanche-Dewitt group from Clinton County pictured with Representative Miller-Meeks.
Eastern Iowans from Rep. Miller-Meeks' district talking to her staffers.
Our new AC4C Youth Coordinator, Savanah Strahan, getting the opportunity to see the Lincoln Memorial during our time in DC after the legislative office visits.
2022 AC4C Board
Connected Communities.

Effective Coalitions.

Healthy Iowans.