This 90-minute webinar will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of how and why we use coalitions in substance misuse prevention efforts. We will focus on research-based best practices for coalition functioning, structure, membership, and leadership. Participants will engage in discussion on their experiences, successes, and challenges in community coalition work in their area.
- Define coalitions
- Describe why coalitions are essential to prevention
- List research-based best practices for coalitions
- Understand the importance of a diverse coalition that reflects the community population
Erin Ficker serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes PTTC. For more than 16 years, Erin has worked in substance abuse prevention supporting communities to use evidence-based strategies and data-driven processes in substance abuse prevention planning and implementation. She works with community level prevention practitioners and schools in the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of prevention interventions.
Michelle Majeres is a senior prevention specialist with over 18 years in the field and lives in South Dakota. She is an experienced trainer in substance misuse prevention, suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Michelle is trained to deliver several evidence-based prevention programs. She brings extensive experience as a trainer and technical assistance (T/TA) provider. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Social Work and Human Resources from South Dakota State University. She is also a Certified Prevention Specialist.