Members of the Coalition attended CADCA’s 30th Annual National Leadership Forum in the beginning of February. The forum is the largest event for community-based substance use and misuse prevention, providing training, connections, resources and information.
Members in attendance were: The Coalition Program Director, Kaitlin Carafa; Coalition Program Coordinator, Cassandra Schend; Coalition Chairperson and Director Vernon Youth Service Bureau, Michelle Hill; Coalition Youth Advocate, Holly Hansen; Vernon Police Lieutenant Bill Meier; and Certified Addiction Counselor & Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist at HVCC, Steven Jackson. Three youth members; Amani, Angie, and Emily, were also in attendance!
We attended Capitol Hill Day, providing the opportunity to discuss the importance of substance use prevention efforts with policymakers, as well as attended a rally outside of The United States Capitol.
The coalition was selected to be a part of a group of 25 coalitions to present a poster demonstrating the success our Real Talk Campaign has had throughout Vernon in reducing youth alcohol use.
We attended SAMSHA’s 16th Annual Prevention Day, where we were able to learn about the prevention priorities for the coming year. We listened to expert speakers discuss evidence-based preventive interventions and findings from the latest developments in the areas of substance abuse prevention, treatment, recovery, and mental illness.
Some of the educational workshops we attended were:
|Gen-Z Marketing: Engaging the Next Generation||Youth Vaping Epidemic in the U.S.|
|Keep them Safe, Keep them Healthy: Engaging Schools in Prevention||Exploring the Intersection of Opioids, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Suicide|
|Warning: This Presentation Contains Graphic Content||Youth Recruitment- Beyond the Basics|
In addition to the immense learning and growth the Coalition was able to experience we still had time to squeeze in a little fun!
Our Peer Advocate, Emily, vlogged the experience. Be sure to be on the lookout for it!!
Read more about the trip HERE