August 2022
AC4C Monthly Roundtable

AC4C Quarterly Work Retreat September 7 & 8

The AC4C quarterly work retreat will all take place at the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC). Please register HERE whether you are attending in person or virtually.


Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Hybrid – at Camp Dodge/MCTC with a Zoom Option
DAY 1: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

8:30-9:00 am – Registration, coffee, and networking at MCTC or on Zoom
9:00-9:30 am – Orientation

9:30-9:55 am Introductions
9:55-10:00 am – Approval of June Retreat Minutes
10:00-10:30 am – Mission statement review and revision

10:30-10:45 am – Break – Networking
11:00 am-Noon – CADCA Mid-Year Conference & Other Conference Highlights
1:30-2:00 pm – Evaluator's report
2:00-2:30 pm – Introduction to Action Teams & Workgroups
2:30-3:00 pm – Workgroups Together
3:00-3:15 pm – Break
3:15-4:15 pm – Action Teams Together
4:15-4:30 pm – Wrap-up
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Hybrid – at Camp Dodge/MCTC with a Zoom Option
DAY 2: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
8:30-9:00 am Registration, coffee, networking 
9:00-9:15 am – Introductions
9:15-10:30 am – State Partner Sharing
10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45 am-Noon State Partner Sharing

Noon-1:30 pm Lunch Break (Lunch on your own – time to network with others)
1:30-2:30 pm Staff updates: Alaina, Katya, and Yajaira
2:30-3:00 pm – What’s new in your coalition? Any resources needed? 
3:00-3:30 pm – Highlights of Retreat & Upcoming Events

Please contact Jennifer at if you need financial assistance with lodging on campus at Camp Dodge.

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 Youth Coordinator. They, or you, can send an email to:
Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Events: 

  • AC4C PREVENTION Conference- November 2, 2022! See below for a few highlights of what will be happening!

  • Next Year's AC4C Day on the Hill- February 23, 2023.


Substance Use Prevention Conference
in Clinton County
September 20!
Contact Lauren at for more information.

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

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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. 

Is your School District tobacco and nicotine-free?

To find out email:

For help quitting call Quitline Iowa at 800-Quit-Now.  

Citizen-Science Training: Alcohol Home Delivery & Drinks To-Go in Iowa
Wednesday August 17, 12:30-1 p.m.

Dr. Paul Gilbert and Yajaira Bolanos-Flores will be leading this quick virtual training session.

Iowa was one of several states to relax alcohol control measures during the COVID pandemic, and the Iowa state code now allows home delivery of alcohol (for example, by Uber Eats or Grub Hub) and carry-out drinks from licensed establishments. These changes may increase alcohol misuse, including access to alcohol by underage minors. Rules are in place for these types of sales, but we do not yet know how they are working.
AC4C is seeking volunteers who are 21 years or older and who ordinarily purchase alcohol for a citizen-science project. Volunteers will record their experiences using an easy-to-use online tool, which is part of a multi-state effort to gather information about alcohol access after the COVID pandemic. If you’re interested in helping, please join us for a brief, interactive training to use the online tool.

Join them on-line HERE. A recording of this session will be available too. If you are ready to sign up for the tool please contact Yajaira at AC4C will gather information through December 31, 2022.
AC4C 4th Annual Prevention Conference

"Prevention Begins with YOUth"

Luke Niforatos from Smart Approaches to Marijuana will be the conference keynote. There will be a separate youth track for teenagers. Other speakers and topics include Natural High campaign- Lindsay Powers and Peter Komendowski, Alcohol Outlet Density Harms training for coalitions- Drs. Shawn and Cass Dorius, Reducing Stigma through Language- Leslie Mussmann, Intro to the Strategic Prevention Framework- Katya Boltanova, more Alcohol Prevention strategies- Dr. Paul Gilbert, and other speakers and topics yet to be confirmed. The conference is FREE except lunch is $10. Registration is open HERE and CEUs will be requested through IBC. More information coming soon!

Connected Communities.
Effective Coalitions. 
Healthy Iowans. 


Unifying Iowans to reduce youth
 substance use
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
No Meeting due to Labor Day- Next meeting- October 3 @ 9:30

Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- September 12 @ 9:30

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- September 19 @ 9:30

Alcohol Action Team
Next meetings- August 22 and September 26 @ 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

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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