Webinar: 10 Steps to Adopting Local Policies for Substance Abuse Prevention. Session#1

september 2018

28sep1:00 pm2:00 pmWebinar: 10 Steps to Adopting Local Policies for Substance Abuse Prevention. Session#11:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Event Details

Community coalitions are the ideal vehicle to propose, develop and seek adoption of alcohol, tobacco and other drug policies. Whether your coalition is in the midst of a policy initiative, has never tried, or is somewhere in between, you may have questions. Join SparksInitiatives for this two-part webinar series to find answers and learn the process to implement a successful community level policy. Both webinars will use the example of adopting a local social host ordinance to illustrate the process, though it is applicable to any prevention policy initiative.

This series will feature the policy campaign process documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Session#1, Tuesday September 25, 2018. 1:00-2:00

Formative campaign stage. This involves assessment, clarifying policy goals, framing your issue, and raising awareness.
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Session#2, Friday September 28, 2018. 1:00-2:00

Covers the steps for building community support for the policy and ensuring policy implementation.
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Training Objectives

By engaging in the two webinars participants will:

  • Understand the key steps coalitions can implement to successfully adopt local ATOD polices;
  • Be able to assess the areas in which their coalition members require additional policy campaign support;
  • Be better able to guide their coalition in moving a community ATOD policy forward; and
  • Know which Minnesota technical assistance providers to access for additional support.


SparksInitiatives is led by President, Michael Sparks. Michael’s primary interest is working with communities to use policy to reduce alcohol-related problems. He currently serves as a consultant and trainer to communities across the country and is a trainer for Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America. He has expertise in the alcohol policy field as well as in the areas of community building, using local control strategies to manage problematic alcohol and drug environments, the legislative process, and neighborhood revitalization.


(Friday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm