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

September 2021

Coalition Spotlight on:

ASAP is a substance abuse prevention coalition serving Hancock County in north central Iowa
and is very rural, with only two school districts. ASAP was established in 2014, and emerged from the efforts of the Hancock County Wellness Coalition as they saw a need for substance abuse prevention. Our mission is to work together to prevent or reduce youth substance abuse in Hancock County.

A recent strategy that ASAP has been working on has been with the Chambers of Commerce to reach businesses in the county regarding drug free workplace policies. We had participating businesses complete a survey regarding what policies they have in place and what the coalition can do to help them with developing or modifying those policies to include marijuana.

We are currently working with local churches and youth serving organizations to encourage
them to adopt a policy that volunteer youth group workers attend a yearly training around
protective and risk factors, ACEs and signs of substance abuse.

ASAP conducts annual Youth Summits with our high school students, and this year we were
able to conduct a modified version with high school kids participating in listening sessions. These conversations help us learn more about what is happening with our youth and communities and to collect needed information for our grant.

This summer we worked with staff that planned local events and had some community
volunteers trained in TiPS, and worked together to implement some best practices to reduce youth alcohol access during the celebration.

A highlight for our coalition was participating in the AC4C virtual event "Drug Marketing Right Under Your Nose" where we had the opportunity to share how we worked with one community in our county to pass a marijuana zoning ordinance. We were able to further this message by being a guest on the show "Surviving Bad" with the Partnership for a Healthy Iowa.

ASAP continues advertising during live stream sports events, morning conversation radio
interviews with coalition members, and having our youth film movie theater ads about the risks of underage drinking, marijuana, vaping and how these substances affect the youth brain.

Sandy Rayhons is the Director of ASAP and has worked with the coalition for seven years and has been in prevention for 11 years. Kelly Hutcheson is the project manager and has been with the coalition for one year and has been in prevention for the last 16 years.

(Thanks to Sandy Rayhons and Kelly Hutcheson for telling us about ASAP! )


AC4C 3rd Annual Prevention Conference
Wed., November 3,
 In-person at MCTC

Making it Through: Overcoming Adversity with RESILIENCE!

Keynote Speaker- Laura Stack
 Johnny's Ambassadors

Many of us working on prevention of substance misuse are addressing issues where at times it seems things are going in the opposite direction of what we want. One of the objectives of this conference is to help build resilience in ourselves so we can continue encouraging others to do the same.  An overall goal for the conference is for participants to be inspired to keep making positive change in their communities! 

Check out the Agenda, Speakers, and Topics!

8-8:55 Registration- Resource Fair with light breakfast snacks
9-9:15 Welcome
9:15-10:15 Opening Address- Iowa Illegal Drug Trends- Bryant Strouse, Iowa Narcotics Enforcement
10:15-10:30 Early Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 Keynote- Laura Stack, "The Dangerous Truth about Marijuana: The Life and Death Story of Johnny Stack"
11:30-12:15 Lunch
12:15-1:15 Breakouts/Workshops 
A1. Prevention for Newbies - Denise Denton
A2. Tools for Prevention Leaders- Leslie Mussman
1:15- 1:30  Break

1:30-2:15  Iowa's Dangerous "Legal" Drugs - Panel- Jane Larkin, Jennifer Sleiter, and Dale Woolery  (Vaping Nicotine, Kratom, CBD/CBG, Delta 8, etc.)
2:15-2:30 Snack Break

2:30-3:15 What's New with Alcohol in Iowa- Panel- Dr. Paul Gilbert, Drs. Shawn and Cass Dorius   (Data and Strategies: Home delivery compliance tools and Volume Discount bans/restricting selling below cost, Minimum Unit Pricing and preliminary Alcohol Outlet Density Harms data)

3:15-3:45 Call to Action- Resilience- with Laura and John Stack  
3:45-4:00 Farewell, evaluations, certificates

Register HERE by October 27! 

At this time we are planning the prevention conference to be in-person.  Recordings of most of the workshops will be available after the event.  Masks are encouraged when not eating.  We will take other steps to make this event as safe as possible.  (5.0 CEUs have been approved by IBC, but as usual they are not available through recordings.) The conference is free to participants, with the exception of lunch.  Grumpy J's Food Truck will be available on site for attendees to purchase a meal for $10.  


Thanks for a great AC4C Quarterly Work Retreat in September!
The Center for Violence Prevention provided an excellent training for us!  Check out their website HERE


Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Retreats and Events: 
Make sure to see the registration link and all the details below about the
 November 3
 AC4C Prevention Conference! 

     New Confirmed Retreat Dates
  • December 1 & 2, 2021
  • March 22 & 23, 2022
  • June 28 & 29, 2022
  • Sept. 14 & 15, 2022

AC4C Day on the Hill 2022-February 24!

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) 


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 (usually) on Mondays. Login information here
Other Substances Action Team
Next meeting - October 4 @ 9:30 a.m. 
Marijuana Action Team
Next meeting- October 11 @ 9:30am 
Nicotine Action Team 
Next meeting- October 18 @ 9:30am 
Alcohol Action Team
Next meetings- September 27 and October 25 @ 9:30am 

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 
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.

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

OCTOBER 23, 10 a.m.

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) featured AC4C on their Podcast.  Check it out and their website for training opportunities and other resources to support prevention here in Iowa. 

Mental Health Awareness Week is October 3-9, 2021

"Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. That is why each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness, fight discrimination and provide support through Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)."

 Click HERE to learn more! 

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Alliance of Coalitions for Change
Lorelle Mueting, President
Jennifer Husmann, Project Director, 319-462-4327 x 661