Monthly Roundtable
Items for the Roundtable are to be emailed to by the 20th of each month. 
May 2020

June 23-24 AC4C Work Retreat (Virtual)

We would love to have you join us for our first full virtual retreat! 

General Agenda: (more details to come)

DAY 1: 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
  9:00-10:00- Introductions and Orientation
10:00-10:15- Break
10:15-11:15- Presentation- Cassie Greisen, NABCA (a different presentation than June 5)
11:15-12:45- Lunch break
12:45-1:45 - AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential) Presentation
  1:45-2:45 - Capacity/Marketing Work Group
DAY 2: 9 a.m.-Noon
 9:00- 9:45 - Intro. Day One Recap/Report Out
 9:45-11:00- State and Midwest Partners 
11:00-Noon- Prevention Conference Planning


Alcohol and COVID-19

There has been a significant increase in alcohol sales since the beginning of COVID-19. With this increase and the media attention on alcohol, there is an additional need for accurate information about the health impacts of alcohol use.  Here are 4 things to know about alcohol and the immune system:

  • Alcohol consumption contributes to a wide range of health problems and can weaken the body's immune system.
  • High-risk alcohol use reduces the body's ability to fight off illnesses.
  • Chronic high-risk alcohol use can weaken lung immune responses and increases the risk of developing respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
  • Alcohol use does not stimulate the immune system or increase resistance to illness.
This information is from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. To see the entire info-graphic and much more information click Here


Please check out our brand new video on alcohol issues in Iowa addressing increasing middle school student use, adult alcohol-involved deaths, and the numbers of hard liquor sales outlets, sales and profits. The video highlights the need for effective prevention, especially Community Coalitions working together on alcohol, drugs, and other behavioral and mental health prevention efforts as well as treatment for these issues. 


Iowa Youth Survey postponed for one year.

Governor Reynolds' COVID-19 related proclamation on 5/20/20 included postponing the IYS until 2021. This will cause many of us to adjust our evaluation plans and assessment work.

For a link to the full proclamation click  Here



The 2nd Annual AC4C Prevention Conference is the week of November 16.

More details to come, but it will be a
 Virtual Prevention Conference Week!
 Youth will be included.


Check out the new  AC4C Youth Instagram !

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming AC4C Retreats:
  • June 23-24 (agenda & registration to left)         
  • September 29 & 30
Upcoming Training
IDPH: Emerging Trends in Alcohol Consumption, Innovation and Regulation
June 5, 1-2:30pm, register here

Resources to Share and Links to check out... 

Check out the Updated AC4C Website!!

Members keep up with the latest in the news

Looking for a training

IDPH A Matter of Substance Newsletter



Iowa State Patrol


Iowa Department of Public Health & Your Life Iowa


Partnership for A Healthy Iowa

(formerly PDFI) 


   AC4C Board Members
Front - L to R: Jen Stolka, Katya Boltavana, Sandy Rayhons  Back L to R: Kris Rankin, Stacie Schroeder, Sue Greene. Not pictured: Lynne Coleman. Also not pictured: welcome to our newest Board Members Julie Furne and Kristin Frank. 

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 (except holidays). Login information here 
Other Substances Action Team
Next meeting -June 1 @ 9:30am

Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- June 8 @ 9:30am  
Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- June 15 @ 9:30am  
Alcohol Action Team
Next meeting- June 22 @ 9:30am

Policy Work Group
4th Wednesday at 2:00 pm
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 (this month meeting during Retreat)

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 (this month meeting during Retreat)
Click here for meeting minutes

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

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