Monthly Roundtable
Items for the Roundtable are to be emailed to [email protected] by the 20th of each month. 

May 2021

Coalition Spotlight on Benton County's
 Above the Influence Wellness Coalition

The Above the Influence Wellness Coalition has been serving Benton County for over 15 years.  This fall we will be completing our 10th year of the Drug Free Community Grant which has allowed us to see significant decreases in alcohol and tobacco use among youth in our county.  Over the past couple of years our team has transitioned from being a substance prevention coalition to a wellness coalition.  While substance prevention remains a primary focus of our group this change has opened the ability to address other areas of wellness that are having negative impact on our communities.
Right now, we are working on marijuana prevention through education on legalization and changes that are happening with the marijuana industry and products.  Our main priority during this year is to educate community leaders on proactive steps they can take to protect their communities in preparation for possible legalization.  As part of our strategies, we are working with mental health professionals and organizations to educate on the connection between mental health and substance use.  Along with getting the word out to our communities on resources available to them and lessening the stigma that surrounds mental health, especially in smaller communities.
Adverse Childhood Experiences have also been an important focus within professional circles.  In the past years we have worked to bring trainings on ACEs to schools, law enforcements and others that work with youth.  This year we have been working to take the information of ACEs and present it in ways that connect with the whole community by addressing the impact of toxic stress.  Currently, we are preparing for a community event to address the impact social media is having on our youth which has been developed working with counselors in our school district. 
As a Coalition we believe that addressing wellness issues "upstream" will influence substance use within our county.  It has allowed our transition from being seen with the negative message of not doing drugs to a positive message of what is possible when we intentionally live out a life of wellness.  This is all summed up with our #1 Core Value as a Coalition...You Matter!

(Thanks, David Condry, for telling us about the great work your coalition is doing in Benton County!)


AC4C Quarterly Work Retreat June 29 and 30
 In-Person for the First Time since January of 2020! 
We are excited to be able to meet back in person at Camp Dodge in Johnston!  The Midwest Counterdrug Training Center will be hosting us again and they are offering FREE lodging!  When you register, just indicate if you need lodging on campus.  

It will be so good to see all of you who can join us!  We will be having a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person.  Also, please wear your mask and we will set up our chairs so we are social distanced.  If we can get outside for a bit of the meeting, we will do that too.  

One of the main focuses of the work retreat will be creating a strategic plan.  We'll have state partner sharing where we always learn so much.  Please see the agenda HERE.  And Register HERE today!  


 Member Coalitions and IDPH hosting trainings in June! 

Understanding the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program for Prevention Professionals
June 4, 1-2:30 p.m.

This on-line training is designed for substance misuse prevention and problem gambling prevention staff and supervisors, coalition leaders and members, and others interested in prevention in Iowa. 

Dr. Mitchell Barnett is presenting. He is the Associate Director of the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and Iowa Department of Public Health.

Register HERE

The Jackson County Prevention Coalition and
the National Marijuana Initiative (NMI) present
Understanding 21st Century Cannabis
June 10, Noon- 1 p.m.

Ben Cort will be presenting.  Contact Julie Furne at [email protected] if you are interested in attending this virtual lunch and learn.



Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Events:
  • Retreat dates for the upcoming FY:                           
  • June 29 & 30, 2021  (In-person at Camp Dodge/MCTC for the first time in 17 months! See agenda and registration information below.)     
  • Sept. 15 & 16, 2021
AC4C Prevention Conference- Nov. 3, 2021 at Camp Dodge/MCTC! Save the Date!  (More information to come soon!)

AC4C Day on the Hill 2022-February 24!

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Iowa Department of Public Health & Your Life Iowa


Partnership for A Healthy Iowa

(formerly PDFI) 


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 - June 7 @ 9:30am
Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- June 14 @ 9:30am 

Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- June 21 @ 9:30am 
Alcohol Action Team
Next meeting- May 24 and June 28 @ 9:30am (June 28 is tentative, may just meet at Retreat)

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 (The workgroup will not meet in June due to the Tall Cop training on June 21.)
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 (not meeting in June)
Click here for meeting minutes

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

2021 AC4C
 Executive Board 

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. 

Medication Disposal Resources

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

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