To view the list of workshops accepted for presentation, please check here. Please note, the list will be updated periodically as additional workshops are finalized. Dates and times for each will be finalized next month.
A principal goal of CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is to provide educational, skills-building workshops that showcase the successes of anti-drug coalitions as they work to implement a comprehensive, community-wide approach to reduce substance abuse and its related problems. Effective coalitions employ practices that are evidence-based and results-driven. At the forefront of this movement, CADCA and its coalitions are making positive systematic progress; learning from theory about what works, implementing those practices in a comprehensive manner, and resolving to local substance abuse problems. CADCA coalitions demonstrate an understanding of science, implement effective strategies, and are moving forward with real solutions.
CADCA has identified six priority areas of emphasis for workshop content and the Ideas Fair poster presentations which are the following:
• Advocacy: cultivating relationships with policy makers; making effective pitches to policy and other decision makers; understanding your local government and policy making processes; pushing through a local policy; using media to advance policy and systems change campaigns; effective enforcement strategies to support policy change advocacy efforts; advocacy and lobbying rules; traditional and non-traditional sector involvement to advance an advocacy campaign.
• Coalition Expansion: business development strategies to support coalitions; traditional sector development; “how to” success stories; non-traditional sector development; organizational management; motivating and engaging members to carry out the work of the coalition; cross-sector planning and implementation; emerging issues for coalitions.
• Communications: principles of message development; effective messaging campaign to support strategies; effective message campaigns to support awareness about coalition’s mission; partnership development with media sector; gaining access to and keeping the attention of media outlets; packaging yourself as a subject matter expert so the media contact you first about substance abuse-related issues; image development and branding; public affairs and media relations.
• Community Mobilization: developing and implementing community change campaigns that were primarily resident, youth, or parent driven; coalitions as change agents; coalition leaders as community organizers; generating community buy-in to create a collective voice on substance use issues; implementing specific components of a community mobilization campaign such as one-on-ones, knock and talks, door-to-door mobilization, holding neighborhood/living room meetings to discuss community change strategies, etc.
• Impact: demonstrative evidence of population-level impact; communities’ stories where they have measured success; reporting of findings to exhibit impact and lessons learned; using data to tell their coalition’s story to convey results; using data findings to justify strategy implementation; developing and utilizing outcomes-focused logic models.
• Integrated Prevention: multi-disciplinary comprehensive community initiatives; scaling for collective impact; intersection of substance use and co-occurring disorders; addressing syndemic issues such as academic achievement, domestic violence, child abuse, teen pregnancy, bullying, economic development, crime, and other public health and safety issues; adding mental health, substance abuse treatment and recovery initiatives to coalitions.
• Sustainability: strategies to diversify coalitions’ funding portfolios through endowments, foundations, corporate giving, etc; social entrepreneurship; strategies’ return on investment; cost-benefit analysis of a coalition; institutionalization of the work into the community’s mission; fundraising campaign ideas; non-profit incorporation as a sustainability strategy; innovative public financing strategies through taxes, fees, levies, government budget line items, etc.