October 22-23, 2020 · St. Cloud, MN

Call for Abstracts

Our fall conference brings together prevention champions from across Minnesota. Do you have prevention work to share—research, tactics, or a successful project that could inform other prevention professionals and community coalitions? Session topics may include, but are not limited to: new research or technologies in prevention and substance abuse, building relationship with marginalized communities, communications planning, capacity-building, assessment, implementation, and evaluation. 

We welcome proposals for workshops which offer participants a range of information, strategies, skills, and/or tools to support their substance abuse prevention efforts. Areas of focus may include but are not limited to:

· Data, trends, and/or topic-specific information
· Community organizing, coalition building, and/or community partner engagement
· Systems and environmental prevention strategies (implementation, outcomes, and sustainability)
· Innovative prevention strategies (implementation, outcomes, and sustainability)
· Needs assessment and evaluation
· Culturally-specific and responsive practices
· Leadership development
· Youth engagement
· Interpersonal and mass communications

You may submit more than one proposal. Accepted presenters receive 1 complimentary conference registration.
Presenter applications due Sunday, April 19, 11:59pm CST
Accepted presenters will be notified in May

Presenter Application

Join us for our 46th annual event!
The conference supports people and organizations from across Minnesota to engage in addressing the root causes of substance abuse.

Who goes?
Hundreds of people from across the state interested in preventing substance abuse in their communities.

Community Coalition Leaders • Prevention Specialists • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Professionals • Parents & Youth • Student Affairs Professionals • Educators • Public Health Professionals • Law Enforcement • Researchers • Faith Leaders

Because the conference is jam packed with many great breakout sessions, we highly recommend you bring as many people from your team as you can. This will enable you to split up and attend more sessions to share with one another as well as take back to your community. Tickets for groups of three or more are discounted 20%.

Why go?
· Explore the prevention field and be inspired by the passionate people doing impactful work throughout our state
· Discover action steps, skills and learning strategies to provide the building blocks you need to be successful
· Utilize the latest data and research to inform your team and community
· Experience the only Minnesota conference of its kind with your colleagues
· Access highly relevant tools and resources to move your prevention initiatives forward
· Connect and reconnect with others doing prevention work to learn, partner, and form collaborationsbe part of something big!

Sessions & Schedule (TBA)

Registration (Opening TBA)

Limited scholarships are available to cover registration, based on need and qualifications. 
Contact Esha Seth, 651-646-3005 ext.328.

Venue, Directions & Parking

River's Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

$5 Parking for River's Edge Convention Center is available in the parking ramp located underneath the building (River's Edge East Parking Ramp); see the parking map (PDF) for details. There are also metered parking stalls in the Mississippi Parking Lot located south of the Convention Center. Parking is also available in the Grand Central Parking Ramp located at 400 Street Germain Street West, as well as at River's Edge West Parking Ramp located at 25 5th Avenue North. For more information on parking in downtown St. Cloud, please refer to the St. Cloud Parking website. 

Lodging (TBA)

Exhibitor Information

The conference supports people and organizations from across Minnesota to engage in addressing the root causes of substance abuse. Get in front of the people doing this work on the ground, gain exposure and educate them about your organization! Cost to exhibit is $200 and registration opens June 2020.

Minnesota substance abuse prevention coalitions get free registration to share their regional work and successes with the conference attendees. The free coalition registration covers attendance for one coalition member and provides a space to share your work and resources.

Continuing Education

This conference is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) to receive up to 8 total Category I continuing education contact hours. There are no maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available for this training.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need to bring a physical ticket to the event.

What is the refund policy?
There will be a $10 administrative fee charged for all refunds. No refunds will be issued within one week of the conference. To request a refund, go to Tickets in your Evenbrite account (go here if you've never logged in before), find your order, then select "Request a Refund." We will try our best to respond within 1 week and when issued, refunds can take up to 5 business days to show on up on your account.


Esha Seth, Event Manager
651-646-3005 ext.328