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EPLS: Elements of Effective Coalitions

11:30am - January 9, 2020 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Northwest PTTC
Registration Deadline: January 9, 2020
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About the EPLS:

This 7-week series offers a unique interactive experience that provides participants an opportunity to learn more about the key organizational elements that assist coalitions of all types to operate efficiently and effectively. This series will have a special focus on coalitions that promote healthy youth development to reduce substance misuse and other related problem behaviors.

Participants will explore a variety of organizational principles that will assist them in the overall development of their coalition by learning more about how to engage and sustain the involvement of key stakeholders and members over time, how to utilize dynamic group-development strategies, and how their efforts can connect with other coalition efforts in their area.

The learning series is structured to provide online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, group and self-study activities, reading assignments, and discussion on topics essential to an effective community coalition structure when focusing on primary prevention.

Participants will have the opportunity during the course to discuss specific “next steps” questions.


Phyllis Law is a Senior Systems Change Specialist at the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) at Penn State University.  She was one of the first to receive Communities That Care (CTC) Plus Coaching Certification through the University of Washington. In addition to providing direct technical assistance to CTC sites, she also provides direction and assistance to all types of coalition-related efforts, provides direction to the Drug & Alcohol Prevention Programs (DDAP) Needs Assessment project, serves on the PA Youth Survey Advisory Group (PAYSAG), assists with facilitation of the state-level Cross-Systems Prevention Workgroup (CSPW) and assists with overall center development with a special focus on strategic planning and partnership development. Phyllis has been working in the field of prevention for almost 30 years where she has worked at all levels from state government to grassroots organizations by providing program oversight, coalition development, event planning, training, and technical assistance in many areas of prevention.

Dates & Times

Alaska: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 
Pacific: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mountain: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  

Session 1 – January 9, 2019
Session 2 – January 16, 2019
Session 3 – January 23, 2019
Session 4 – January 20, 2019
Session 5 – February 6, 2019
Session 6 – February 13, 2019
Session 7 – February 20, 2019