Coalitions Rising

Thank you for joining us for Coalitions Rising! On this page, you’ll find descriptions for each of our sessions and links to PDFs of the presentations. You can bookmark and return to this page after the conference.

Don’t forget about the coalition technical assistance office hours!

Have a question about coalition function, evidence-based prevention strategies, logic models, risk/protective factor identification or more? Stop by one of the two office hours times to consult with experts and each other to have focused time to think through your questions and glean some answers. Technical assistance will be provided from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Admiral C.

Cultural Competency: The Core of Prevention Work

By Alfredo Cerrato

Cultural competence is a lifelong process that is at the core of prevention work. This session will bring participants on a journey that will enable them to self-reflect and examine the dynamics of culture and worldview for personal and coalition work benefits. It will inspire, via newfound strategies and perspectives, a way to engage in relationships through a lens of cultural humility. It will also elevate your engagement and consensus effectiveness within diverse coalition constituencies to a new level.

Shoestring Media: Tools and Tricks that Cost Less Than Your Morning Coffee

By Dan Farkas

Strategic communication is a necessity for any non-profit to survive. It also tends to fall on the back burner when a problem pops up or the calendar gets full. It doesn’t have to be this way. Dan Farkas has earned national recognition working with groups that have budgets of $0.00. Shoestring Media will help attendees learn how to use existing resources to help with event creation, media relations, social media management with little to no budget. Shoestring Media will also review ways to create efficiency so the plan won’t fall behind the next time a diversion arises.

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Developing Prevention in the Faith Community

By Jodi Salvo and Amanda Conn Starner

People rely on their faith community for help and growth. The structure of most faith organizations lends itself to a powerful base of prevention and a protective factor for youth. Yet, many places of worship do not recognize their already powerful role in reducing substance misuse rates for not only youth but the family unit as well.

This workshop will be two-fold in its approach. First, it will discuss how the religious community is a significant sector represented in one coalition in Ohio. Second, it will show you how to use a “Building Prevention With Faith” toolkit to teach members of a congregation to carry out prevention on their own.

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The Big Bowl Vote & How Alcohol Advertising Impacts Young People

By Evi Roberts and Steven Schroeck

Studies show that alcohol advertising increases the likelihood and amount of underage drinking. That’s why alcohol companies spend tens of millions of dollars each year advertising their products on sports programming, especially college sports. The Big Bowl Vote challenges this influence by collecting data on the appeal of alcohol advertising to youth. It uses those data to educate adults about the relationship between alcohol advertising and underage drinking and to empower them to counteract this impact by helping their young people build media literacy skills. If you work with young people, attend this session to learn more about the Big Bowl Vote and how to use the results to reduce underage drinking in their communities.

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Pause, Reflect, and Connect: 3 Steps to Care for Ourselves So That We Can Care for Others

By Brandi Lust

When we don’t pause to replenish our own resources, we are less resilient and less effective in our care of others. So how can we sustain ourselves in order to do the work that matters to us? Creating pause in the midst of movement, making time to reflect, and purposefully connecting with others are three steps we can incorporate into our lives. Learn how to implement these tools and leave with a personal plan to create more resilience in your life.

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Worldview Dynamics: The Intersection of Culture, Faith, History, and Mental Health

By Alfredo Cerrato

When we look at integrated systems of learned behavior, the philosophical maps of how we view reality, and the history that brought us to this moment, we then may be able recognize why we are the way we are and what shaped us. Alfredo Cerrato will take us on a journey that will better explain the dynamics and intersections of culture, faith, history, and mental health. Together, we will consider our worldview, the worldview of others, and how they were shaped.

Communicating across cultures requires an interdisciplinary approach. That approach involves literacy in fields such as anthropology, cultural studies, history, psychology, religion, and communications, among others. With a better understanding of these global dynamics, we can develop practical strategies. These strategies will help us attract and serve a more diversified and growing population within our community and organizations.

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An Introduction to Environmental Strategies as Part of a Comprehensive Plan

By Chuck Klevgaard

This workshop will introduce the range of evidence-based environmental strategies designed to reduce alcohol-related problems in the community. The session will highlight how to use environmental strategies as part of comprehensive substance use and misuse prevention plans to influence community standards, institutions, structures, attitudes that shape individuals’ behavior.

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Sustainable Funding for Coalitions

By Bevin Van Wassenhove

As prevention specialists, we all have the passion and motivation to promote healthy choices among the youth we work with; but the question always comes down to, HOW will we fund these programs and how can we sustain them when the grant funding runs out? Dearborn County Community Advocates has been included as a line item in the City of Lawrenceburg’s annual operating budget since 2011. County and city leaders are committed to this coalition’s mission of promoting substance use prevention and healthy choices with the youth in our county. This session will share the process this coalition took to get the support from their city officials and how they continue their work to maintain this support.

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Partnerships in Prevention: Stories from the Field

Partnerships are essential to behavioral health prevention. From schools to law enforcement to parents, and everyone in between, we strive to make our messages heard throughout our communities. Coalitions have been utilizing unique partnerships throughout the state. This session will highlight how non-traditional partnerships have created healthier communities throughout Ohio.

>>> Access John Cummings’s Slides

>>> Access Suzanne Snyder’s Slides

>>> Access Robin Oats’s Slides

>>> Access Robin Oats’s Press Release