CADCA’s 20thAnnual Mid-Year Training Institute is a world-class training event that brings together substance use and misuse prevention leaders and advocates interested in making a positive impact in their community. This year, Mid-Year will be held virtually from July 9-15, 2021, and will offer 100+ sophisticated training sessions and workshops related to substance misuse prevention, dynamic keynote speakers, networking opportunities and wellness activities.

GHEA has worked closely with experts in the field to curate workshops that are relevant for tobacco-prevention and control professionals. Check out our sessions below, as well as other sessions that are focused on coalition building, youth engagement and promoting health equity.

If you are interested in participating in this professional development opportunity, you still have time to register for Mid-Year. View the training session grid for details on each session. All Mid-Year training sessions will be recorded, and attendees will have access to on-demand content 24/7 during the event.

Building Coalitions for Racial Equity and Community Change
Tuesday, July 13, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Presenters: Katie Warner, KSW Collective, LLC and Kaleia Martin, DisruptTransform, LLC

Building coalitions that focus on racial equity and community change requires the need to examine systemic racism and white dominant culture. We will look at the ways in which racial inequities and white dominant culture have shaped the way in which we think, operate and organize for policy change. We will challenge participants to rethink the ways in which society operates and discuss new ways to create more equitable and just policies impacting substance use and misuse.

How to Reduce Youth E-cigarette and Tobacco Use in Your Communities: A Guide to Action
Wednesday, July 14, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Presenters: Andrew Romero, CADCA and Dylan Ellerbee, CADCA Trainer

In this session, we will explore the most effective ways to reduce e-cigarette and tobacco use in your communities. We’ll start with the evidence, and go over proven strategies for how communities across the US have been successful at reducing tobacco use. We will then help you think through how to build a multi-racial and multi-sectorial coalition focus on equitable policy change (environmental strategies).

Other Sessions We Recommend:

Empowering Youth to Drive Tobacco Control Policy Change
Monday, July 12, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
In 2015, Guam, a U.S. territory in the Western Pacific, had one of the highest youth smoking prevalence rates and vaping rate in the country. The Vice-Speaker of the 33rd Legislature introduced a bill raising the legal age of tobacco consumption from 18 to 21 years old, and expanding tobacco control policy to include electronic cigarettes. However, the bill was met with resistance stemming from disinformation and misperceptions by various lawmakers. To spur change, data was collected from the Guam State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, the Prevention and Training Branch of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and partnered with Youth for Youth Live (YFY Live)! YFY Live is a youth-led non-profit organization that is equips youth to lead a multi-component information and advocacy campaign to counter the disinformation propagated by tobacco industry affiliated stakeholders. This session delineates the process and key lessons learned in empowering youth to be effective change agents for tobacco control policy.

Coalition Branding 101
Tuesday, July 13, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Branding your organization is essential to sustainability. It assists in increasing activity impact, as well as donor dollars. How do we do it and do it well? Join this innovative and fun session to learn the fundamentals of coalition branding, as well as how to move your branding to the next level to cultivate community and donor relationships. We will discuss organizational values, goal alignment with partners and how to make sure every move is a branded one.

Conducting Focus Groups: Sharpening the Community Picture
Tuesday, July 13, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Focus groups and listening sessions are an excellent way to gather non-scripted information from community members and engage with partners in a meaningful way. They can be a beneficial strategy for understanding the “why” behind common norms, attitudes and perceptions. This session will walk participants through the focus group process, from design through follow-up. Learn how you can generate a more focused image of your data. There are a variety of ways that coalitions can engage individual community members in the process of gathering information. Quantitative data is often the first stop for coalition partners because it is readily available, and everyone usually agrees eagerly on its validity. But quantitative data, the numbers, surveys and checklists give us an incomplete picture. It doesn’t tell us what we’re looking at or why we see it expressed the way it is.

Resiliency Through Cultural Voices. Prevention Matters!
Tuesday, July 13, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
During this panel, Indigenous community leaders will share how their cultures serve as a protective factor for prevention. The Indigenous ways, through culture, language, and traditions are vital to building and sustaining healthy, resilient, and strong communities. You will learn how history, Indigenous hierarchy, and traditional problem solving are woven together to address prevention in a holistic manner and how you can incorporate culture into your work with your community.

More than Grants: Sustainability Planning the Works
Wednesday, July 14, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Are you chasing funding year after year? Have you wondered what are we going to do after this grant ends? If the answer is yes, then it is time to find a sustainability plan that works for your organization. In this session we will focus on how to develop an actionable sustainability plan that focuses on more than just grant funding. Join this session to learn and begin to work through diversifying funding, funder outreach, and plan development.

Taking the Lead to Address Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Prevention Work
Wednesday, July 14, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Health disparities refers to the difference in adverse health conditions that exist in certain populations. Researchers have found health inequities exist and persist throughout the continuum of care. This session is about ACTION! Participants and facilitators will discuss various concepts regarding community health and discrimination. Attendees will be tasked to identify health disparities in their community and how they will plan to use their leadership skills to address such issues.

Authentic Youth Engagement: Beyond Adultism and Tokenism
Thursday, July 15, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
It has never been more critical to engage young people in civic engagement, public health, and leadership efforts in our communities. Youth have a unique, ground-level view of the challenges and conditions that affect them, and they can offer effective and practical approaches to tackling these problems. If we let them. In this dynamic and interactive workshop, we will begin to explore the misconceptions, biases, and barriers that young people often encounter from adults. We will examine the phenomenon of adultism, which holds young people back from achieving their fullest potential in creating healthier communities. We will discuss the history of youth involvement and youth engagement in community leadership. And we will explore the many ways the authentic youth engagement can improve our society when we bravely break out of our own adult comfort zones and respect and honor our young people fully.


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