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EPLS: Organizational Elements of Effective Coalitions

3:00pm - January 20, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest PTTC
Registration Deadline: January 19, 2021
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Enhanced Prevention Learning Series (EPLS): Organizational Elements of Effective Coalitions


Series Description:

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 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.



Community-level prevention practitioners, tribes, and allied partners working to prevent substance misuse in the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center HHS Region 9: American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.  Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of Region 9 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn what opportunities for similar courses are available to them.


Dates and Times:

States & American Samoa:
January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3

03:00 PM – 04:30 PM Pacific
04:00 PM – 05:30 PM Mountain
01:00 PM – 02:30 PM Hawaii
12:00 PM – 01:30 PM American Samoa

January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 4

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Republic of the Marshal Islands
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Pohnpei and Kosrae
09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
08:00 AM – 09:30 AM Republic of Palau



Meghan BlevinsMeghan Blevins is a Systems Change Specialist at Penn State's EPISCenter and certified Communities That Care (CTC) Plus coach. In this role, she helps guide communities through the CTC process. Her focus areas are youth involvement, communications, and curriculum. She has presented at the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance conference, the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development conference, and CADCA’s 28th National Leadership Forum. 






Phyllis LawPhyllis Law is a Senior Systems Change Specialist at the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) at Penn State University. In addition to providing direct technical assistance to Communities that Care (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. 






Continuing Education:

In order to receive a Certificate of Attendance for up to 15 hours, participants are expected to view the 20-minute video tutorial; be prepared for and join each session; complete individual readings and learning activities as assigned; and actively engage in discussions. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

*Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.


Register Here:

EPLS: Organizational Elements of Effective Coalitions Registration Page

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Space is limited to 20 participants



Cost is Free!




Contact Matthew Minten ( for any questions related to registration. For all other questions, please contact Janet Porter (