Coalitions Rising Conference (Virtual Event)

Coalitions Rising will be held virtually from December 7th through December 9th, 2021.

Intersectionality: Why and How Coalitions Should Address Topics Other Than Substance Abuse

Join us for this year’s virtual Coalitions Rising Conference. The multi-day event will feature presentations from state and national prevention experts and will examine various behavioral health concerns, their intersectionality, and how coalitions across the state can build capacity to address them. Registration is free and open to anyone and will include continuing education units for prevention professionals approved by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.


Tuesday – December 7, 2021:

  • 10:00am – 11:30am:
    • What can a Coalition do? A Panel Discussion on Domestic Violence, Gambling, and Mental Well-Being
      • Derek Longmeier, Executive Director, Problem Gambling Network of Ohio
      • Shelley Marsh, MA, Deputy Director, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
      • Michelle Vargas, Suicide Prevention Coalition Director, Mental Health America of Ohio



  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm:
    • ACEs Impact on Multiple Issues
      • Amy Case, LISW-S
      • We know that there are a lot of overlapping protective factors between suicide, problem gambling, and domestic/intimate partner violence and we want our coalitions to know that! This presentation will focus on how ACEs also impact multiple issues like problem gambling, suicide, substance use, etc. In addition to highlighting how risk and protective factors overlap in these areas.


Wednesday – December 8, 2021:

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm:
    • December SPCA Member Meeting with Keynote Speaker: Building Capacity to Integrate Substance Use & Related Public Health Issues
      • Catherine Thatcher Brunson
      • This session will assist coalitions with understanding the commonality of risk factors and social determinants of health impact across substance use and related public health issues and explore the dual dynamics of substance use disorder, suicide, gambling and domestic violence. Participants will learn strategies for proactively and intentionally forming partnerships and identify action steps coalitions can implement to incorporate messaging and resources into your existing substance use prevention efforts to improve outcomes across these related public health issues.


Thursday – December 9, 2021:

  • 10:00am – 11:30am:
    • Intersectionality of Problem Gambling and Prevention
      • Kaitlin Brown, LPC, LADC, ICGC II, IGDC, BACC, Director of Prevention, Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling
      • This webinar will discuss how to identify risk and protective factors including warning signs for problems associated with gambling. Additionally, viewers will gain an understanding of the co-occuring nature between gambling, substance use, and mental health concerns. Lastly we will be describing a model for gambling integrations within mental health, substance use, and recovery-based organizations.



  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm:
    • Beyond Awareness: Preventing Domestic Violence
      • Rebecca Cline, MSW, ACSW, LISW-S, Prevention Programs Director, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
      • This interactive workshop will challenge participants to think outside of the typical box in terms of preventing domestic violence. This workshop will go beyond awareness raising to the intersections of social and racial justice that are at the core of violence prevention. Participants will be introduced to the public health model of prevention as distinct from SAMSHA’s strategic prevention framework, both valuable frameworks. In addition, participants will gain access to a variety of ODVN web based prevention resources.