NEW! To review the partial list of accepted training sessions, please click here.
Please check back on a regular basis as we continue to update the list (dates/times will be assigned in late-December). Training session program times can be found on the Schedule page of the Forum website.
COALITION IDEAS FAIR POSTER PRESENTATIONS
NEW! To review the list of accepted poster presentations, please click here.
The poster presentations will take place on Monday evening as part of the Opening Reception from 5 pm - 6:30 pm. The presenters will then present again on either Tuesday or Wednesday morning during the continental breakfast time.
AREAS OF EMPHASIS
CADCA has identified six priority areas of emphasis for training session content and the Ideas Fair poster presentations which are the following:
Achieving Impact: Evidence Collection
The coalition movement has achieved success by applying prevention research to practice through translation, adaptation and fieldwork. Training sessions will feature coalitions and practitioners who have demonstrative evidence of population-level impact and communities’ stories where they have measured success. This track also will focus on using data to tell your story and convey results; using data findings to justify strategy implementation; developing and utilizing outcome-based logic models; utilization of qualitative data techniques for collecting assessment and outcome data; using the research behind coalition effectiveness to extract lessons learned; and proven approaches for replication of strategies in other communities.
Coalition Operations: Success Protocol
Every Agent of Change needs a base operation that is agile and mobile. Training sessions will feature business development strategies to improve coalition operations; traditional and non-traditional sector development; “how to” success stories; motivating and engaging members to carry out the work of the coalition. Emerging issues for coalitions; expanding the coalition’s footprint for place-based strategic advancement; diversifying funding portfolios; and articulating cost-benefit analysis of community coalitions as success protocols will be highlighted.
Communications: Freeze! Capture Your Brand
Effective messaging, media presence and a reputable public image can magnify your coalition’s prevention expertise. Training sessions will feature principles of message development; messaging campaigns to support strategies; image development and branding; partnership development with media sector; public affairs and media relations; strategies for a dynamic social media presence; and metrics and measures of media and communications strategies. This track also will teach how to become the media’s source and subject matter expert about drug-related issues.
Cross-Sector Prevention: All Agents Report Here!
Coalitions are capable of coordinating sophisticated cross-system collaborations to bring about community-level change. Training sessions will feature implementing multi-disciplinary comprehensive community initiatives and addressing nexus issues that impact public health and safety. Scaling for collective impact and cross-sector planning and implementation will be covered.
Education, Advocacy, and Mobilization: The Ultimate Mission
Coalitions have power because of their large network of drug prevention champions who stand up and speak out. Training sessions will feature engaging policy makers; creating and implementing education and advocacy messages; using media to advance policy and systems change; incorporating enforcement strategies to support policy change advocacy efforts; involving the general public to advance our education and advocacy agenda; and community mobilization tactics.
What’s Trending?: Adjust Your Antenna
Some of the most alarming trends in substance abuse are proving to be more than just a passing phase. Training sessions will feature the latest data available on the impact of medical and retail marijuana. This track also will include snapshots of the changing landscapes of drug prevalence across the nation and best practices in tackling drugs on the rise such as heroin, hookah, synthetics and palcohol and their associated consequences will be shared.