August Newsletter
Leadership in Prevention
Upcoming PTTC Training
Core DEC Awareness - Identifying Drug Endangered Children: A Collaborative Approach
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia, MO
Duration: 3.5 hours
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia, MO
Duration: 3.5 hours
Creating Change: Empowering the Leader Within
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Kansas City, MO
Duration: 7 hours
Advanced Prevention Ethics
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kansas City, MO
Duration: 7 hours
Prevention Ethics Training of Trainers
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kansas City, MO
Duration: 7 hours
Mid-America PTTC
The Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America PTTC) is designed to serve as a prevention catalyst, empowering individuals and fostering partnerships to promote safe, healthy, and drug-free communities across Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Our services are evidence-based, culturally competent, and locally focused. We provide intensive technical assistance to support organizations' and systems' efforts to implement evidence-based prevention strategies. The Mid-America PTTC also forms partnerships with local and regional stakeholders to ensure that the training needs of the region are identified and met.

The Mid-America PTTC goals are:
  • Accelerate the adoption and implementation of evidence-based and promising substance misuse prevention strategies.
  • Heighten the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the workforce that addresses substance misuse prevention.
  • Foster regional and national alliances among culturally diverse practitioners, researchers, policymakers, funders, and the local communities.
To learn more about our services:
It's Time to LEAD: Mastery Means Moving Beyond the Frameworks

Spotlight: Carlton Hall
Over the last 25 years, I have endeavored to apply the latest, most effective research tools, practices and resources to communities working to create positive change. I have looked closely at (and worked with) a seemingly inexhaustible list of organizational and community change models and frameworks. In recent decades our country has made significant investments in creating the capability for community leaders and stakeholders to think and work scientifically. Systems Theory, critical thinking, learning organizations, solution-focused practice, skills of inquiry, the Strategic Prevention Framework, Communities that Care, the Social Development Strategy, the Social Ecological Model, Collective Impact, SBIRT, place-based organizing and prevention, Diffusion of Innovation, Health in All Policies, Determinants of Health, But Why? And But Why Here? Just to name a few…

Unfortunately, during our current time of volatile transition, evolving challenges, and devastating national epidemics, models and frameworks are not enough to achieve desired population outcomes. There are effective communities, coalitions and change agents. Yet despite having access to all the tools, knowledge and innovative models, far too many communities and leaders are feeling frustrated, inadequate, underappreciated and under-resourced.

I have focused on these questions:

  1. When exposed to the same tools, training and support, why is there such disparity between high-performing leaders, organizations and coalitions, and low performers?
  2. What are the unseen routines and thinking patterns that lie behind the most effective and successful leaders and coalitions?
  3. How can other coalitions and leaders develop similar routines, thinking and capacity?

In other words, how can coalitions move beyond merely learning frameworks toward mastery of their craft?
At Carlton Hall Consulting LLC (CHC) our leadership training approach (L.E.A.D.) emphasizes four key phases:

  • Learn – Leaders clearly and specifically define what does the leader, organization, and coalition need to know, be able to do, and produce in order to effect the desired change in thinking, behavior and results.
  • Educate – According to the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science learners retain 90 percent of what they learn when they both teach and use it immediately. In this phase, leaders and coalitions engage and empower their broader constituency in the crucial learning required for the desired changes.
  • Activate – Leaders identify leverage points of action that will lead to demonstrable changes in the shortest time frame.
  • Deliberate – Leaders engage internal and external experts to facilitate their coalitions and organizations through skill building improvement toward mastery.

Learn more about the L.E.A.D. approach at the upcoming face to face workshop: Creating Change: Empowering the Leader Within - September 26 in Kansas City. Register Here:
Carlton Hall is the President and CEO of Carlton Hall Consulting LLC, a multi-faceted, full-service consulting firm designed to provide customized solutions and enable measurable change for communities, organizations, families and individuals. Carlton spent twelve years with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) serving in several leadership positions and including most recently, Acting Vice President, Training Operations, and Acting Director for CADCA's National Coalition Institute. In this role, Carlton provided critical leadership supporting the successful design, and delivery of the community outreach component of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s DEA 360 Strategy in priority cities across the country. Carlton is one of the primary architects of CADCA's National Coalition Academy. The Academy, a year-long coalition development program, is designed to increase the effectiveness of communities in drug demand reduction producing population level outcomes. Learn more about Carlton at
Additional Resources on Leadership
Roles of Collaborative "Leadership"

This blog post by Curtis Ogden of the Interaction Institute for Social Change describes the multiple roles that Leaders can fill in facilitating the collaborative networked project.

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Cal Newport

In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite.

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More Helpful Links

Managing change and leading through transitions: A guide for community and public health practitioners
This guide was developed with a focus on community and public health practitioners in leadership positions as the primary audience (e.g., directors, program managers, subject matter or task leads, and key partners); however, the information is relevant and valuable for practitioners in any position. Whether you are leading change or being impacted by the change, the information in this guide will help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to deal with change from various perspectives and roles. At the end, there is an assessment of your capacity to manage change and transition.

The Mind of the Leader Phone App (free)
This app is the result of research of over 35,000 leaders. It includes exercises that cover the three levels of leadership: self-awareness and leadership, people awareness and leadership, and organizational awareness and leadership and shows progress on training and helps you track your work. Available for android and apple devices.
Question to the Field
Each month a question to the field will be posted to generate feedback that will be shared in the following month’s newsletter. The purpose of this section is to share ideas and the work in your tribe, state, or community that would be helpful to others. Please send responses to the question to . These responses will be shared in next month’s newsletter.

How do you develop the skills of community level leaders in your tribe, community, or state prevention efforts?
Epi Corner

Beverly Triana-Tremain, PhD
Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center

Providing Meaningful Responsibilities and Opportunities for Epidemiological
Workgroup Members

One of the key tasks for Epidemiological Workgroup (EW) leaders is to engage workgroup members in a way that leads to workgroup sustainability. One important strategy is to identify meaningful areas for participation by EW members; as member responsibility increases and members are invited to participate more fully in decision-making, the work of the group overall becomes more sustainable. Two key areas that can benefit from member engagement are data product development and diffusion of data products to the prevention field. The questions below can help you identify meaningful responsibilities and opportunities for both current and prospective members in both areas.
Data Product Development

  • Which data indicators do different members find most useful?
  • What types of analyses are members interested in conducting besides the ones that the workgroup is currently engaged in?
  • What role can members play in helping to produce workgroup products (e.g., epidemiological profile, reports, briefs)?
  • What other data products are members interested in producing outside those already planned?
  • How can the workgroup more effectively tap members’ knowledge/ experience to strengthen the profile?
  • What types of feedback can members provide on data-related products?

Data Product Diffusion

  • What key partnerships or networking can members help facilitate?
  • How might members benefit from having access to one another’s data?
  • How can members use the data and knowledge generated by the group to inform their individual agencies’ work?
  • How might members share workgroup data with other agencies, organizations, or people to increase stakeholder knowledge and/or buy-in of prevention efforts?
  • What role can members play in helping to “market” workgroup findings and products?