Northwoods Coalition
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 Formed through a partnership between Marshfield Clinic and several community coalitions in 1995, Northwoods Coalition is the largest and oldest coalition dedicated to substance abuse prevention in Wisconsin. Representatives from coalitions in a 35-county region, including all 11 of Wisconsin Tribal Nations, serve on a non-governing advisory board to help shape policies, practices and programs which address public health issues arising from use of alcohol and other drugs. Since 2007, through a contract with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Marshfield Clinic has served as the Northwestern Regional Prevention Center for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth. The purpose of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth is to enhance and support the capacity of coalitions in substance abuse prevention and youth development.
August 2017
In This Issue
Hot Topics
Coalitions in Action: FAD Coalition Creates Safe and Sober Prom Campaign to Reduce Underage Drinking
Students attending prom in Floyd County, Georgia, who wanted to participate in the Safe and Sober Prom campaign, that addressed underage drinking and social hosting, were asked to submit three photographs before, during and after prom. The photos were then judged and prizes were given to the winners.

Grants Address Unmet Opioid Treatment Needs
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) awarded nearly $2.4 million dollars in grants to increase access to treatment services for opioid abuse. The grants were awarded to 16 counties and three tribal nations. 

Alcohol was given to pregnant mice at levels that resulted in peak blood alcohol concentrations similarly like those of people who drink socially or who have severe alcohol use disorder. The study found that prenatal exposure to low doses of alcohol could lead to severe deficits in the brain of a fetus.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that prescriptions for highly addictive painkillers have decreased 13.1 percent over a three-year period. However, prescriptions written today are still triple the amount written in 1999.
Tobacco Gets More Screen Time in Blockbuster Movies, Study Shows
A new CDC study finds tobacco is appearing in more blockbuster movies which is raising public health concerns.  According to the study, depictions or suggestions of tobacco use in top-grossing movies rose 72 percent from 2010 to 2016.
Wisconsin Takes New Steps to Fight Opioid Epidemic
Governor Scott Walker signed 11 bills into law regarding the opioid epidemic. Three of those bills were signed in Weston and are designed to train more professionals on using opioid antidotes such as naloxone.
Funding Opportunities

Wisconsin Department of Health Services is seeking one county or tribe to take the lead on coordinating and providing training and technical assistance for Coordinated Services Teams Initiatives (CST) sites across the state. The selected county or tribe will also manage contract expenditures related to the training and technical assistance needs of CST sites, monitor contract performance, and ensure completion of required reports.
-Anticipated Award Amount: $217,960 for a period of one year, October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018. Funding may be available for up to five years.
-Application due August 24, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Care Treatment Services has provided $1.4 million to Wisconsin Voices for Recovery housed at UW-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies to create a network of certified peer specialists and recovery coaches who will work with hospital emergency room staff and other health care professionals to help patients who overdosed on opioids find a path to treatment. Nonprofit organizations are urged to apply.
-Request for Proposals due August 18, 2017
Resources and more

This National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism resource, released in 2017, is a new issue of Alcohol Research: Current Reviews. The articles in this issue review the significant advances that have been made toward explaining how alcohol affects organ systems and contributes to organ-related pathology, as well as exploring current gaps in our knowledge.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched a new website in July 2017 that focuses on preventing college drug use.  You can find  information including data, news updates, drug scheduling and penalties, publications, research, national and statewide conferences and events, state and local prevention contacts, and resources available from DEA's federal partners. The website also includes a "Help a Friend" resource to educate and prepare those who plan to talk to their friends or loved ones about drug use concerns.
Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide
This DEA resource, released in 2017, provides a guide on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in America. Information including a drug's effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key factors can be found in the guide.

Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach (CCO) has released its 2016 Annual Report. You can find Northwoods Coalition highlights beginning on page 17. Request a hardcopy at

Job Posting: Therapists
The Human Development Center in Superior, Wisconsin, is searching for one adult therapist and one child therapist (LPC, LMFT or LCSWP) to join their team. The Human Development Center services include mental health, AODA, and Community Support Programming as well as Psychiatry. For applicants located out of the area, phone and video interviews will be conducted prior to applicants traveling to the area.
Northwoods Coalition Meetings

August 10, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Northwoods Coalition Northwest Region Meeting
- Rice Lake, WI
August 11, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Northwoods Coalition West Region Meeting
- Eau Claire, WI
August 17, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Northwoods Coalition North Region Meeting
- Lac du Flambeau, WI
August 21, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Northwoods Coalition Central Region Meeting 
- Stevens Point, WI
Northwoods Coalition Events/Trainings 
The titles in blue are linked to more information and registration.

For more information, visit our calendar.

Other Events/Trainings
The titles in blue are linked to more information and registration.

August 14, 2017  10:00am - 2:30pm
- Marshfield, WI
- Facilitated by: BJ Nichols, MSSW, LCSW, SUDS
- Target Audience: 
Clergy, Educators, Elected Officials, Health Professionals, Human Services, Law Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Public Health, Social Workers and Others

August 15, 2017 6:00pm
- Chequamegon, WI
- Facilitated by: Special Agent Jeremy Buss
- Target Audience: Emergency Medical Services, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

August 17, 2017 8:30am to 12:30pm
- Greenwood, WI
- Facilitated by: Christy Keele and Debi Traeder Marathon County
- Target Audience: Community Members

August 16, 2017  Dinner: 5:00pm Presentation: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth and Marshfield Clinic
- Marshfield, WI
- Facilitated by: Jim Hoese, MACY member; James Meyer, M.D., Marshfield Clinic Health System; Jason Parks, Detective, Marshfield Police Department; Deanna Rugzie, School Psychologist, Unified School District of Marshfield; Steve Van Wyhe, Principal, Columbus Catholic Middle & High School and Harold C. Wolfgram, J.D., Wolfgram, Gamoke & Hutchinson, S.C.
- Target Audience: 
Community Members, Extended Family Members and Parents/Guardians

August 24 & 25, 2017  Day 1: 8:00am - 4:45pm Day 2: 8:00am - 2:30pm
- Lac du Flambeau, WI
- Target Audience: 
Community Members, Tribal Leaders, First Responders/Emergency Medical Technicians, Law Enforcement, Prevention and Treatment Professionals and Providers
The deadline to apply for a scholarship has been extended until all spots are filled. Click here to apply.

August 29 - 31, 2017  Day 1: 8:00am - 5:30pm Day 2: 8:00am - 4:30pm     Day 3: 8:00am - 11:30am 
- Green Bay, WI
- Target Audience: Community Members, Tribal Leaders, First Responders/Emergency Medical Technicians, Human Services, Law Enforcement, Mental Health, Prevention and Treatment Professionals and Social Workers

September 5 - 6, 2017
More information coming soon!
- Whitewater, WI

September 12 - 14, 2017  Day 1: 8:00am - 4:00pm Day 2: 8:00am - 3:45pm Day 3: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Anaheim, CA
- Target Audience: Coalition Leaders, Federal Partners, Prevention Professionals, and Researchers

October 28, 2017  10:00am - 2:00pm
DEA/DOJ Prescription Drug Take Back Day

November 29 & 30, 2017  9:00am - 4:30pm         
Wraparound: Care Coordination  Fundamentals and the Collaborative Team Process
More information coming soon!
- Facilitated by White Pines Consulting 
- Arbor Vitae, WI
- Target Audience: Behavioral and Mental Health Professionals, Care Coordinators, Clinicians, Criminal Justice Professionals, Human Services, Law Enforcement and Social Workers