Union City group to attend forum

Union City group to attend forum

Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 6:20 pm

Health advocates from Union City are headed to Washington, D.C., Monday through Feb. 9 to join nearly 3,000 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 22nd annual National Leadership Forum.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is the nation’s largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers. Local DARE officer Stephanie Marshall and Regina Hendon, the coordinator of the Obion County Prevention Coalition, will be representing the local coalition and taking part in graduation ceremonies for the CADCA Academy while there.
Besides the opportunity to learn the latest strategies to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, the coalition will also hear from such conference headliners as Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and James Fowler  Ph.D., author of “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives,” and a professor in the School of Medicine and Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.
The coalition will also have the opportunity to meet and brief senators and members of Congress from their state during CADCA’s Capitol Hill Day.
“We are so excited to be able to spend a week in our nation’s Capitol, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” says Ms. Hendon. “We hope to come back re-energized with new strategies under our belt to tackle our drug use in Union City.”
The coalition has recently promoted the “Red Ribbon Week” and the Blake McMeans “Promise Tour” in the city and county school systems and the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for the city, and they will be sponsoring a “KICK BUTT’S” day to encourage students not to smoke in March. A Town Hall meeting will be held in April to make the community more aware of the presence and dangers of under-age and binge drinking.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum features more than 100 training courses to help community and state leaders prevent and reduce substance abuse and its related problems. CADCA is the national membership organization representing more than 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences, and special events. Learn more at: www.cadca.org.
For more information about CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, visit http://forum.cadca.org/. 
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The Mission of the Obion County Prevention Coalition is to develop a partnership with government, religious organizations, businesses, schools, medical resources, families and community resources in addressing the problems associated with safety and health issues in our communities and attending to the needs of our young people in order to promote their development of healthy and drug free lives.
Published in The Messenger 2.1.12

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