Thursday, July 14, 2011

SAFE Coalition is attending CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is the only intensive, coalition-specific training opportunity of its kind, providing in-depth courses specifically designed to address a community leader’s biggest concerns and obstacles. It is being held this year in Anaheim, California on July 24-28, 2011. Participants take part in courses on everything from how to run a community anti-drug coalition to how to implement environmental strategies. The format of the training allows for small group work, real practice and knowledge application.

CADCA expects more than 1,200 attendees for a one-of-a-kind intensive, coalition-specific training opportunity. This year’s Mid-Year Training Institute provides an opportunity for coalition members to attend a variety of lecture and “lab” sessions to expand their knowledge in prevention science and improve skills in implementing evidence-based strategies. These in-depth courses are relevant for all coalitions. The following are the eight subject areas that will be addressed during the conference.

• Coalition Fundamentals: From Fluid to a Solid Foundation
• Partners: Bonding Your Coalition’s Building Blocks
• Environmental Strategies: High-Risk Settings That Shape Behaviors
• Advocacy: Reaching Critical Mass at the National, State, and Local Levels
• Social Media: Mixing Mediums to Share Your Message
• Evaluation: Developing Formal Proofs to Support Coalition Value
• Sustainability: The Phases of Diversified Funding
• Coalition Innovations: Experimenting with Emerging Trends

During this conference the SAFE Coalitions Coordinator, Heidi Bainbridge will be a trainer for one of the courses offered. She will be presenting on Coalition Considerations in Rural Settings. This course includes information on Coalitions operating in rural settings facing unique challenges and opportunities. It is offered for members of rural coalitions and provides opportunities for education and discussion about these issues. Building on participants’ experiences in implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework, the course includes a discussion of lessons learned, successes and challenges, and resources relevant to each SPF element including assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, capacity building, cultural competence and sustainability.

For more information on the CADCA Mid-Year Institute please contact the SAFE Coalition at or 319-293-6412. You can check out what the coalition is about and is doing on our website -; on our blog -; or on Facebook - Van Buren County SAFE Coalition.

1 comment:

LaDonna Coy said...

Hi Heidi -- great post and so happy to know you'll be at #MYTI2011 (our hashtag this year). Rural coalitions do share some unique challenges -- excited you'll be training.

Looking forward to seeing you - I'll be in the Media track but will be on the watch for you.