June 2022
AC4C Monthly Roundtable
Greetings from our new
AC4C Youth Coordinator, Alaina Elliott-Wherry!

Hi there! 

My name is Alaina Elliott-Wherry, and I am the new Youth Coordinator for AC4C! Here are some personal and professional facts about me:

-I just finished my first year in the Master of Public Health program at the University of Iowa. 

-My partner, Ethan, and I currently live in Johnson County but are from Jones County.

-I enjoy yoga, reading, and traveling.

-I am an advocate for health equity and am currently part of a couple different projects centered around advancing health equity.

-While my past and ongoing experience with harm reduction and youth-centered work at UI Student Wellness and the Child Health Specialty Clinics has prepared me well for this role, I look forward to learning from and with AC4C members.

I am excited to begin working with and getting to know all of you! I will be at the retreat later this month, so please say hi and introduce yourself if you see me. 😁


Welcome and thanks for sharing a little information about yourself to help us get to know you, Alaina!

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. They, or you, can send an email to: ac4cyouth@gmail.com
Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Retreats and Events: 
  • June 28 & 29, 2022 (See retreat agenda below.)
  • Sept. 7 & 8, 2022 (Notice change of date.)
(Registration is open for both retreats at MCTC's Course Calendar HERE.)

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

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Looking for a training

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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. 

AC4C Work Retreat
June 28-29

The quarterly work retreat will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28 and 29. Both days will be at Camp Dodge Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC) in Johnston. The theme of the two days will be mostly about assessment.

We are going to take a "field trip" during the afternoon of Day 1, June 28. We will do some environmental scans in the area. For those who cannot come to MCTC in person, but are joining us virtually, you can block out that time to do the field trip (scans) at home. 

We'll report back the next morning what we all saw. It should be interesting! We'll talk about how to do this at the retreat before we go out, and we will provide the forms/format.

It will also be the kick-off of the Alcohol Observational Tool that you can use with your coalition this summer. This is aimed at getting data about what is happening around alcohol sales and home delivery, third party delivery, curbside pickup, and to-go cocktails.

Here is the agenda for the retreat:
Tuesday, June 28, Hybrid at
ο»ΏCamp Dodge/MCTC
DAY 1: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
8:30-9:00 – Registration, coffee, and networking at MCTC or Zoom
9:00-9:30 – Orientation
9:30-10:00 – Introductions – Approval of minutes
10:00-10:45 – Yajaira/Paul – observational tool kick off
10:45-11:00 – Break – Networking
11:00-11:30 – Katya – SPF Coalition building- Adult Alcohol Misuse Reduction training needs assessment
11:30-12:00 – How to do Environmental Scans; plan to divide up and where to go
12:00-1:00 - Lunch Break (head out for environmental scans from there)
1:00-4:00 – Environmental scans in Des Moines area and at home for the hybrid attendees

Wednesday, June 29, Hybrid at
Camp Dodge/MCTC
DAY 2: 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
 8:00-8:30 – Registration, coffee, networking at MCTC or Zoom
 8:30-8:45 – Introductions for those who didn’t attend yesterday
 8:45-9:45 – Environmental scan results sharing
 9:45-10:30 – State Partner sharing
Β·      What are the current threats to the work that AC4C and our affiliated coalitions do?
Β·      What are the opportunities that you see for your agency to work with AC4C and support our efforts?
10:30-10:45 – Break
10:45-Noon – State Partner sharing cont.
Noon-1:30 – Lunch off campus
1:30-2:15 – Coalition members bring things to share they are doing and tell about them – what’s new in Your Coalition
2:15-3:00 – Action Team and Workgroup report out
3:00-3:15 – Highlights of the retreat, Upcoming Events

Please register HERE whether you are attending in person or virtually. If you need assistance with lodging the night before and between the two-day retreat, please contact Jennifer at jhusmann@asac.us.


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 (No July meeting. Enjoy the 4th and be safe!)

Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- July 11 @ 9:30
Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- July 18 @ 9:30

Alcohol Action Team
Next meetings- June 27 and July 25 @ 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

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

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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