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

 Spotlight on Pathways Drive-Up Rx Drug
 Disposal  Event

What do you do when COVID causes the cancellation of the April DEA sponsored Drug Take Back event AND there is a huge reduction of use of the permanent boxes in your community as reported by Law Enforcement and pharmacies? Learn from others, build on past success, and tailor your message and marketing.
Jackie Preston from Pathways Behavioral Services, and a coalition of community agencies recently held a very successful Drive Up Rx Drug Disposal event. Jackie shared that the collaboration through AC4C's Action Team, particularly with Jackson County Prevention Coalition, helped them plan this activity.

Jackie writes, "With the success and sharing from Julie Furne (JCPC Coordinator) regarding their drive-thru drug disposal, we built on about 10 years of our own previously successful events. We changed how we marketed it, including using a demonstration video and new contacts and platforms. We then used this event to share information and educational snippets about an evidence-based program, Generation RX. 

Participation in AC4C allowed me to attend the CADCA Mid-Year Virtual Conference where I learned new media ideas that helped with the promotion of this event. By focusing on the no-contact, DRIVE-THRU format, we helped people feel safe while getting rid of potentially dangerous substances that could lead to diversion, misuse, or overdose.  We had a total of 278 people dispose of 261 pounds of unwanted/unused drugs. Additionally, we were able to identify unexpired, unopened medication to donate to the state repository valued at $1665." 

Miss America addresses Prescription Drug Issues and Opioid Use Disorders 
During our AC4C retreat last month, Anthony Pudlo from the Iowa Pharmacy Association shared that Miss America, Camille Schrier's platform is of much interest to our group. Check out her website and social media platforms to see her important message! 

"More than 130 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Medication errors occur in over 7 million patients a year with an associated cost of nearly $21 billion dollars across all care settings.
A doctor of pharmacy student and certified naloxone trainer, Camille's year of service is dedicated to reducing opioid abuse, medication errors, and the associated mortality of both by educating across communities and demographics, from pediatrics to geriatrics." Learn more about Camille's work HERE


AC4C Prevention Conference
~Nov. 16-19

Join us for an exciting 2nd Annual (Virtual) Prevention Conference where you will receive education from leading experts in drug trends, approaches and policies. 
Register HERE
Full flyer is HERE
Day 1, Nov. 16: Linda Kalin, IA Poison Control:
 "Pills & Thrills: What's Trending?"
Day 2, Nov. 17:  Julie Hibben, IDPH:
 "Bringing Alcohol Out of the Shadows"
 And Retired Special Agent Nancy McGee, MO Dept. of Public Safety-
Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control, and PIRE: 
"Lions & Tigers & Beers, Oh My! Working in the Land of Alcohol Regulation and Enforcement"

Day 3, Nov. 18: Mike McKelvey, IA Peace Officer Assoc. & IA Med. CBD Board Chair And Dr. Ed Gogek, Addiction Psychiatrist "Marijuana Decriminalization: Both Sides of the Story" 

Day 4, Nov. 19: Youth Day (adults too)! AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential) 
and ISTEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) 
 AMP youth share about addiction, how it affected their families, and what they have learned from it. 
ISTEP youth share their current efforts and events along with how to get involved in an ISTEP Chapter.
 Awards for youth and Call to Action by    Ruth Buckels!

State-wide Marijuana Prevention Media Campaign Coming Soon!

Last month we featured the new youth radio ad and the youth are making a shorter version that is going to play on Spotify in the coming months. 

The Marketing Committee and Marijuana Action Team have been hard at work on a related campaign targeted towards parents and adults who care about youth. They have written a radio script and created a poster/printable/visual image that corresponds with the radio PSA about marijuana's harms to the developing brain.  This campaign will be customizable for your coalitions. We are researching ways to get this campaign out across Iowa to as many people as possible. Be on the lookout for the release of these new resources as they will be finalized soon! 

In the meantime, here is another informative resource on Marijuana from one of our member coalitions, Prevention Means Progress. This report was created by their evaluator and published on the website of University of Nebraska in Omaha. See the report about Iowa and Nebraska HERE.

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Events:
  • AC4C Virtual Prevention Conference  Nov. 16-19,  1 p.m. daily (See registration below!)  
  • Retreat dates for the upcoming FY:                
  • Dec. 2 & 3, 2020           
  • Mar. 10 & 11, 2021       
  • June 29 & 30, 2021       
  • Sept. 15 & 16, 2021
  • AC4C Day on the Hill- Feb. 25, 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) 


AC4C Board Members
Front - L to R: Jen Stolka, Katya Boltanova, Sandy Rayhons  Back L to R: Kris Rankin, Stacie Schroeder, Sue Greene. Not pictured: Lynne Coleman, Julie Furne, Kristin Frank and newest member, Lorelle Mueting. (Soon hopefully we can get together to get a new group picture.)

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 - Nov. 2 @ 9:30am
Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- Nov. 9 @ 9:30am 

(Since this newsletter is coming out mid-month, see October's meetings here and November dates above.)
Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- Oct. 19 @ 9:30am 
Alcohol Action Team
Next meeting- Oct. 26 @ 9:30am

Policy Work Group
Co-Chair: Maggie Ballard
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 
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

Saturday Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is National Drug Take Back Day! 
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

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

October 29 at 1 p.m.

The Quad Cities Substance Abuse Coalition presents...

Red Ribbon Week Virtual Town Hall with Tim Ryan and Jennifer Gimenez as featured speakers. 

Tim and Jennifer inspire change while speaking to real solutions in the opioid epidemic. Register 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