Monthly Roundtable
Items for the Roundtable are to be emailed to by the 20th of each month. 
March 2021

 *Virtual Press Conference* Disturbing Trends--
 Alcohol in Iowa
 Tuesday, March 23, Noon

AC4C is hosting a press conference about the concerning trends of increased alcohol-involved deaths, increased sales and consumption of alcohol, increased middle school-aged youth alcohol use and the changes in alcohol policies resulting in increased access to alcohol for all. 

There have been tremendous decreases in underage drinking over the past 15 years, but adult excessive drinking has grown during this time.  Iowa is at risk of losing all the hard work and progress made on reducing underage drinking and needs to utilize evidence-based prevention policies and practices to impact alcohol misuse for adults, children and families.  COVID-19 has only exacerbated the issues around alcohol in our state. 

Join us and hear Dr. Paul Gilbert, University of Iowa College of Public Health Professor and Alcohol Expert, as well as a high school student, legislator, and a prevention specialist.  The Partnership for a Healthy Iowa Director, Peter Komendowski will emcee this news conference on how we can improve the health and save the lives of many in Iowa, especially protecting our youth. 
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week - March 22-28

Promote the facts!  Find resources to Shatter the Myths HERE

 Youth Substance Use Prevention
"Day on the Hill"
in the books! 
Thanks to Lorelle and Maggie for recording the Day on the Hill youth training ahead for our youth to use.  Below is the SODA group from Monticello High School who utilized the training.  Their sponsor, Todd Hospodarsky, said this about the day, "Everyone agreed that the press conference part was better in the sense that you could hear better (than in the Rotunda). It's hard to have as much fun with a virtual thing. Meeting with their legislator was about the same as in person. We had a good day.  For COVID, I thought it was a positive experience overall." 

Thanks to MCTC, Peter Komendowski, and all the speakers, Auri, Courtney, Amaris, and Maggie. We had over 60 attend our press conference!

  February 24, 2022
 at the Capitol!  


Thank You to AC4C Executive Board Members finishing their terms! 

Katya Boltanova has served on the board since 2012 and has been President of the board since 2015.

Sandy Rayhons was elected to the board in 2014 and served as Vice President for several years.

Jen Stolka was elected to the board in 2017 and served as Secretary since 2019. 

Lynne Coleman has served as an At-Large member on the board since 2019. 

Thank you to Katya, Sandy, Jen and Lynne!
We are thankful that all of these amazing women are going to continue to stay involved with AC4C as much as possible. 

We recently made a change in our by-laws to a limit of six consecutive years (3 two-year terms) of serving on the board in order to provide more opportunities for members to serve in leadership roles. 


Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Events:
  • Retreat dates for the upcoming FY:                           
  • June 29 & 30, 2021       
  • Sept. 15 & 16, 2021

Resources to Share and Links to check out... 
Members keep up with the latest in the news

Looking for a training



Iowa State Patrol


Iowa Department of Public Health & Your Life Iowa


Partnership for A Healthy Iowa

(formerly PDFI) 


New 2021 AC4C Executive Board! 
We'll highlight our new board members and new officers more next month! 
Top row - L to R: Lorelle Mueting- President, Kristin Frank- VP, Dana Allen- Secretary, Kris Rankin- Treasurer, and  Sue Greene- At Large member; Bottom row- L to R: (all At Large members) Julie Furne, Jackie Preston, Stacie Schroeder, and David Condry. 

Connected Communities.
Effective Coalitions. 
Healthy Iowans. 

Unifying Iowans to reduce youth substance misuse
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 - April 5 @ 9:30am
Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- April 12 @ 9:30am - tentative with Drug Endangered Children Conference

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- April 19 @ 9:30am 
Alcohol Action Team
Next meeting- March 22 and April 26 @ 9:30am

Policy Work Group
4th Wednesday at 2:00 pm usually 
Meeting information can be found here
Click here for meeting minutes

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)
Chair: Sue Greene
normally 3rd Monday at 2:00 pm 
To build skills and provide resources to members of AC4C 

Capacity Work Group (currently meeting with Marketing & Communications Group)

normally 3rd Monday at 2:00 pm 
Click here for meeting minutes

Create a network of professionals that have a diverse knowledge, experience and interest.
Medication Disposal Resources

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

The Drug Endangered Conference on April 12 is full! They are working on trying to offer a recorded replay a second day- Date TBD. 

More resources...

Mid-America Prevention Training Transfer Center (PTTC) recently featured AC4C on their Podcast.  Check it out and their website for training opportunities and other resources to support prevention here in Iowa. 
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Alliance of Coalitions for Change
Katya Boltanova, Chair
Jennifer Husmann, Project Director, 319-462-4327 x 202