Coalition Institute

New coalitions and new coalition leaders often find themselves trying to run a nonprofit organization in addition to implementing sound prevention science within their community. Not only do you have to have a broad understanding of prevention theory, but you also need to be able to run effective meetings that ensure smooth coalition operations, create strategic plans that drive organizational and community change, and set goals that move your coalition forward. Effective coalitions are vitally important to having effective prevention, which is why we’re announcing Coalition Institute.

Coalition Institute is a new initiative from Prevention Action Alliance. Coalition Institute provides coalition leaders with the knowledge and skills they need. Newly formed coalitions, new leaders of previously formed coalitions, and coalitions looking to enhance their skills are invited to read the Request for Information and Statement of Intention and to apply via SurveyMonkey. This is a cohort-based learning opportunity that highlights the fundamentals of community-based processes. Cohorts will meet six times every other month beginning in August 2019 and ending in June 2020. Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at our office at 6171 Huntley Road, Suite G, Columbus, OH 43229.

Coalition Institute is made possible with funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. It is contingent upon funding. 

>>> Read the Request for Information and Statement of Intention

>>> Apply via SurveyMonkey

Session Dates and Topics

August 29, 2019—Coalition Foundations, Sectors, and Successful Coalition Breakdown

October 31, 2019—Prevention Foundations and Resources

December 19, 2019—Creating and Using Visions, Missions, and Goals for Success

February 20, 2020—Coalition Logistics: Agendas, By-laws, and Strategic Planning in Action

April 16, 2020—Creating a Path: Creating Short- and Long-Term Goals

June 18, 2020—Intentional Engagement: Moving Coalitions Forward

Key Dates

July 11, 2019—Announcement Released

August 2, 2019—Request for Information and Statement of Intention due via SurveyMonkey

August 9, 2019—Coalitions will be notified of whether they’ve been accepted or placed on a waiting list

August 16, 2019—Confirmation of participation due to Prevention Action Alliance

August 19, 2019—Coalitions from waitlist notified of status and any next steps

Frequently Asked Questions

Please email questions to by Friday, July 26, 2019. You may also contact Rachael Kenter, Director of Community Engagement Programs at or 614.540.9985, ext. 18.

Answers to questions will be posted here.