Monday, February 23, 2009

We are at the Coalition Academy

Members of the SAFE coalition are attending the CADCA Coalition Academy this week in Des Moines.

The purpose of the Academy is to develop the ability to successfully implement the Strategic Prevention Framework. Which means; they will be gaining the information and tools to build a stronger coalition.

After this week the coalition members will be sharing the information they learned with all members of the coalition through upcoming meetings. The coalition members will then attend two additional weeks of training to build upon what they have learned and shared with the coalition.

This is an exciting opportunity for the coalition and we are looking forward to what is to come in the upcoming months of the Academy.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


The CADCA Forum was very informative for both Heidi and Tonja.
Tonja was able to get a lot of information about the STOP Act grant that she is working on. She got information on exactly what they are looking for out of those grants. She also was able to obtain information about Substance abuse and mental health prevention, intervention and treatment which should help in the line of work we are in.

Heidi was able to gather planning information for writing the year 6 competitive renewal for the DFC grant. This information will give her insights into what they are looking for from the applicants and how to write a good strong application for funding. Heidi will begin this process over the next few months so that all items are in line for the renewal next spring.

Both Heidi and Tonja were able to participate in the Capitol Hill day where they spoke with senators and congressmen about supporting the DFC program and the support 21 ACT. They met with a staffer from Loebsacks office, Senator Grassley, and congressman Boswell. They were not able to meet with Senator Harkin due to scheduling conflicts.

It was a very good conference and both coalition members came back overloaded with information they will be sharing with the entire coalition in the coming months! Stay Tuned!

Up Next- Coalition Academy- February 23-27th

Monday, February 9, 2009

We are in Washington DC

Heidi Bainbridge and Tonja Jirak are working this week in DC. They are attending the CADCA Forum. The intent of this forum is to enhance the skills of the coalition members. They will be bringing back a wealth of information to share with the community. The information should energize the coalition and help to make strides in the way of underage drinking as well as community partnerships.
Check back soon for more information on details of the conference and information you can use!

Monday, February 2, 2009

February SAFE Events

February is sure to be a busy month for the SAFE Coalition. Below is a list of all of the coalition activities and events:

February 3rd- DECAT/Nurturing Familys Meeting- Brighton- noon
February 6th- Human REsources Council Meeting- VB Hospital- 9am
February 9th- 13th- CADCA Forum- Washington DC
February 17th- SAFE Coalition Meeting- Roberts Memorial Center- 10am
February 17th- Educational Forum- Advocacy vs. Lobbying- Following regular meeting
February 23rd-27th- CADCA Coalition Academy- Des Moines

Updates on all of these events will be posted to our blog as they occur.

For more information on any of these events you may contact the SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or vial email at