Breakout Sessions for Minnesota’s 43rd Annual Prevention Program Sharing Conference

“Getting Unstuck”
Jenilee Telander, Regional Prevention Coordinator, East Central MN; Kelly Felton, Regional Prevention Coordinator, West Central MN

“Getting Unstuck” is the idea that getting stalled in either your professional or personal life is a positive signal, a nudge that encourages you to make something better. Are you idle in a routine? A procrastinator? A lone wolf trying to do it all? Feeling overwhelmed? Operating without a plan or lost your purpose? Whatever is nagging at you, think of it as an opportunity and this overview can provide you with tips, tools and resources to get unstuck!

Chris Turner, Media and Program Specialist, Association for Nonsmokers – MN 

Does working with media sound intimidating? Come learn from a veteran of 20-plus years in journalism and PR to help ease those anxieties. This interactive session will provide you the information you need on multiple types of media and important strategies for their use and implementation in your prevention efforts.

Advocate! Rules and Legislative Process for Nonprofits
Rinal Ray, Deputy Public Policy Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Minnesota and the world are a better place when nonprofits and communities connect with and educate policy makers in the legislative process. Nonprofits can and should engage in advocacy. Join this session to learn about advocacy basics and the legislative process. Specifically, learn how advocacy can further your organization’s mission, the rules that govern advocacy and lobbying, how a bill actually becomes a law in Minnesota, and how a nonprofit organization can participate in the law-making process.

Attendance Matters! The Collective Impact of Truancy Prevention
Kim Geislinger, Vice President, Ross Resources and Program Director of the Itasca County Truancy Prevention Program; Tanis Henderson, School Counselor, Deer River High School

The Itasca County Truancy Prevention Program (ICTPP) believes the solutions are in the community to address risk factors for youth. In collaboration with our substance use prevention partners, ICTPP quickly saw the overlap between truancy, absenteeism, and substance use. As a result, the Itasca County Truancy Prevention Program now applies prevention strategies, such as the positive community norms approach, to promote consistent school attendance. The ICTPP highlights a model of county-wide collaboration, links between truancy and substance use, and how community coalitions can align their work to positively impact multiple issues. Join us for this session to hear how substance use prevention strategies can shape other community systems!

NEW! Being Responsive to the Needs of LGBTQ Populations
Sadie Hosley, Clinical Director, Recovering Hope Treatment Center

This workshop will discuss strategies on how to better engage the LGBTQ population in community prevention efforts. We will review the connection between sexual orientation and gender identity in correlation with addiction and increased mental health challenges. This lecture will focus on prevention strategies to create health and wellness with LGBTQ individuals. We will discuss various ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ when working with this specific population, allowing for a 10 minute question & answer session at the end.

Conducting Student Surveys in MSS Off-Years
Kristin Dillon, Research Scientist, Wilder Research; Alicia Klepsa, Coalition Coordinator, Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition; Melissa Adolfson, Epidemiologist, EpiMachine, LLC

Some communities are required to report data to their funders more than every three years. Also, many communities use student surveys to collect data not captured by the Minnesota Student Survey. Kristin Dillon and second co-presenter Melissa Adolfson will discuss survey methodology, confidentiality, Institutional Review Boards, and the validity of self-report data. Alicia Klepsa will share lessons learned from administering their SUP Survey.

Developmental Relationships: A Protective Factor for Youth
Gene Roehlkepartain, Vice President, Research and Development, Search Institute

Research continually shows that relationships are critical to development of young people. Search Institute’s newest work focuses on helping young people be and become their best by strengthening the positive relationships in their lives, including relationships with parents, peers, teachers, mentors, youth workers, and others. These “developmental relationships” help young people develop identity, agency, and commitment to community in a complex, changing world. In this session, participants will learn the five key elements of relationships and tips that caring adults can use for strengthening them. The research behind this, and its implications for preventing youth substance use, will also be shared.

NEW! Engaging and Strengthening Families
Gene Roehlkepartain, Vice President of Research and Development, Search Institute
Families play a critical role in ATOD prevention, yet engaging them during the middle and high school years can be a major challenge. Why might this be? Too many family engagement efforts are about getting families to support what an institution does, such as a media campaign or youth program. While the intention is good, this overlooks the one thing which parents care deeply about: relationships in the home. This workshop will highlight seven critical shifts in the approach organizations and communities use to engage families as partners in nurturing youth character strengths and supporting their success in school and life.

Evaluation Alignment: Keeping the Value in Your Evaluation
William Geary, Ph.D., Global Evaluation Solutions; Andrea de la Flor, M.A., I.C.P.S., Global Evaluation Solutions

There is perhaps no other process in coalition work that brings more mystery, fear, and general discontent than evaluation. Concern over the evaluation process is often so unnerving to coalition leaders that it is the one portion of the work which is contracted out. Sound familiar? This workshop is for you. Aligning a coalition’s goals to its evaluation process is critical for measuring impact, tracking progress, and telling a coalition’s story of successes and challenges. This session is designed to help coalition staff, volunteers, and evaluators work more effectively at this alignment to ensure the evaluation process is meeting the needs of the coalition.

Hate Bad Meetings? Stop Holding Them! – Tips for Running Effective and Action-Oriented Meetings
Melissa Perreault, Regional Prevention Coordinator, NW MN; Sean Culhane Regional Prevention Coordinator, SW MN

Learn how to bring people to your meetings and keep them there! This session will provide tips and tools to facilitate action oriented meetings which will set you and your team up for success.

How Alcohol Came to the People
Cecil White Hat Ph.D., Principal Planner/Program Consultant, MN Department of Human Services

This presentation will began with the legalization of Alcohol Purchases for American Indians in 1953. It will give an overview of the results of that legislation as it impacted the American Indian Population. It will give theories on the addictive aspects of American Indian drinking, It will also look at the long history of the oppressive nature of Indian Policy and Law It will also look at oppression dynamics and its similarities to American Indian Policy and Law, and offer remedies to help heal the addicted American Indian.

NEW! Lessons Learned in Prevention in Higher Education 
Alli Fast, Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Moorhead; Kitra Nelson, Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Fergus Falls; Antonia Yenser, Minnesota State University, Mankato
This session will highlight lessons learned while working on underage alcohol and marijuana prevention in Higher Education. Recipients of the Partnership for Success grant will share their experiences on prevention strategies such as: the use of injunctive norms messaging for new student arrivals on campus; communications for campus, parents and the community; and policy dissemination for underage consumption and drug use. In addition, participants will hear about the nuances of working with a non-traditional student population at a non-4-year institution.

Marijuana and America: Health and Policy Implications
Ken Winters, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, U. of MN/Oregon Research Institute

As policy shifts gain favor toward the medicalization and legalization of marijuana, several complex health, social and legal issues become prominent. This presentation will seek to (1) challenge misconceptions and myths that create barriers to informed and balanced perspectives and derail rational approaches to prevention and treatment approaches, and (2) offer a balanced, science-informed view of the health impacts of marijuana use and potential benefits of medical marijuana.

NEW! Marijuana Prevention Strategies in Higher Education 
Andy Cone, St. Cloud technical and Community College; Patrick Gordon, Carleton College; Kate Hanson Winona State University; Stephanie Turban, Rainy River Community College
Wondering what prevention strategies might look like on a college campus? This session will provide a glimpse at the marijuana prevention strategies being implemented by Partnership For Success grantees on multiple MN college campuses. This workshop will feature strategies like use of Brief Motivational Interviewing, Marijuana 101, Marijuana-wise, eCHECKUP TO GO (eToke), CASICS (Cannabis Abuse Screening and Intervention for College Students) and Voyageur Strong (Outdoor Experiential Education).

Native American Cultural Orientations
George J. Goggleye Jr., Human Services Director, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe

This session will focus on the description of the traditional, bicultural and assimilated cultural orientations of Native Americans. Related behavioral traits will be discussed, as well as some of the challenges that individual Native Americans experience interacting with mainstream society. The presenter will also share personal experiences as part of the presentation.

Outdoor Experiential Education: A Stress Reduction Approach to Prevention 
Stephanie Turban, SPF Partnerships for Success Grant Coordinator; Nora Johnson, Research Associate, Wilder Research

Learn how to create and evaluate your own Outdoor Experiential Education Program! Rainy River Community College developed the ‘Voyageur Strong Outdoor Adventure Program’ as a marijuana prevention strategy to teach students alternative stress reduction strategies. The program has not only reduced stress in our students, but also has helped to create stronger connections among staff and students. If you are looking for a prevention strategy to engage students and create a welcoming and caring environment for youth or young adults, this session is for you!

Rooted in Resilience: Trauma, Strength and Overcoming
Linsey McMurrin, Social-Emotional Learning Specialist, Peacemaker Resources

A key to community transformation in all of our communities is a firm understanding of how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the underlying historical and intergenerational traumas are at the root of much of the substance abuse and mental health issues our communities face. Through a powerful shift in perspective, better understand the inherent strength that lies within your communities and discover ways to advocate for capacity-building using strengths-based, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive framework to support community-driven change. Learn more about how this approach is being used in tribal communities across the state with an overview of Minnesota Communities Caring for Children’s Tribal NEAR Science and Community Wisdom Project. We will then discuss and brainstorm ways these concepts can be applied to your work to best serve the cultures you are serving in your own community.

Social Host Ordinances: Implementation Experiences
Amber Smith, Coordinator, Partnership for Change, Linda Bosma, Evaluator, Bosma Consulting

Home parties are a significant source of alcohol for underage persons. Social Host Ordinances (SHO) have been implemented by many communities in an attempt to hold parents accountable for hosting such parties with the goal of discouraging these gatherings as a source of alcohol for young people. Partnership For Change (PFC) serves nine cities in northwestern Hennepin County, seven of which have passed SHOs. PFC sought external evaluation to assess SHO implementation to identify successes and challenges, and to inform sustainability planning on if SHO should continue to be a strategy.

NEW! Supporting College Students & Cultivating Collaboration – from AOD Prevention to Recovery Services
Jen Sell Matzke, Assistant Dean of Students, SCSU; Jen Johnson, Coordinator for Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention; Thaddeus Rybka, Recovery Community Coordinator
College life present numerous challenges for students, including decisions about substance use. Building collaborations and a supportive environment across the entire college campus can help for students to have a positive experience and improve retention. We will share and discuss evidence-based strategies that can reduce the likelihood of harmful use as well as options for those in recovery and navigating life on a college campus.

The One Stop Shop for Opioid Data: Exploring the Opioid Dashboard
Nate Wright, Epidemiologist, MN Department of Health; Kate Erickson, State Program Admin Principal, MN Department of Health

The Minnesota Department of Health hosts the opioid dashboard, which includes data analysis and resources related to opioid overdose death, nonfatal overdose, prescribing practices, opioid use and misuse, substance use disorder, supply, diversion, harm reduction, co-occurring conditions, and social determinants of health. Each indicator includes narrative, analysis, source description, resources, and prevention.

The Power of Prevention: A Community’s Response To The Opioid Epidemic
Sheila Watercott, Drug Free Communities Grant Project Coordinator; Ann March, Communication and Development Coordinator, CHI St. Gabriel’s Health

Since 2014, the Stand Up 4 U Community Coalition and CHI St. Garbiel’s Health of Little Falls have collaborated across all community sectors to address and find solutions to the Opioid epidemic. Working comprehensively across the Behavioral Health Continuum of Care (Promotion, Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery), the Morrison County Rx Drug Abuse Prevention project has developed real solutions for Rx Drug abuse and effective strategies for sustaining Rx Drug abuse prevention.

Tobacco 21: Success in Edina
Kristen Werner, Community Outreach Coordinator, Association for Nonsmokers-MN; Dr. Caleb Schultz, Hennepin County Medical Center

In an effort to reduce youth tobacco use, communities are considering a number of point of sale tobacco policies such as restricting flavors, setting a minimum price for cigars and raising the tobacco sales age to 21. In the past year there has been growing momentum in communities around Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. This session will discuss the rationale behind Tobacco 21 policies, the positive impact this policy has on youth smoking rates in other cities and states, and the frequently asked questions about implementing this policy. This presentation will give a high level overview of the policy as well as a case study around the policy process in Edina, which was the first city in Minnesota to implement a Tobacco 21 ordinance.

NEW! Unpacking our Ideas about “Youth” – Social Perceptions that Affect How we Work with Young People 
Deborah Moore, Youth Work Learning Lab Director, University of Minnesota – School of Social Work
When most of us see a baby in a public space, we coo and smile and make funny faces. We engage. But how often do we smile or engage with teens that we do not know? Most of us have a host of ideas about “youth” that shape how we perceive, approach and work with them in communities. Spend time with colleagues as we explore the ideas in our heads about young people, and how we can fight against a culture which is hesitant of adolescents. Take some practical leaps about how you can shift the way you see and work with young people.

Upstander Behavior – Being More Than A Bystander
Heather Schjenken, S.T.E.P Coalition Coordinator, Nick Adams, GRIP Coalition Coordinator; Laura Bennett, Regional Prevention Coordinator, NE MN

Have you ever been in a situation where you thought “Should I say something? Should I do something?” This session will dive into what Upstander Behavior is and how this concept was shared with youth leaders in two NE Minnesota communities. Learn how this was taught and ways you can bring this back to your own community to help prevent substance abuse through Upstander Behavior.

NEW! Using Compliance Checks and Tobacco Retailer Education to Keep MN’s Retailer Violation Rate Low
Esha Seth, Training and Technical Assistance Program Coordinator, Association for Nonsmokers – MN; Vicki Berg, Team Lead and Back Up FDA Program Coordinator, Department of Human Services
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has several programs designed to keep tobacco products out of the hands of minors. Come hear about the programs and learn how to use them as partnership building opportunities in your community! Through the tobacco merchant education & compliance check program, Congratulate and Educate, local law enforcement or public health departments can receive $40 per check for implementing. The Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota (ANSR) also recently developed an online tobacco vendor training called Stop Sales to Minors ( This training covers state and federal laws about the sale of tobacco and it is the first of its kind in Minnesota. The training is available in English, Somali and Spanish. It provides an alternative to the tobacco industry “We Card” program, which is proven ineffective at reducing illegal tobacco sales. This training is intended for tobacco retailers but is freely available to anyone.

NEW! Using Zoning to Encourage Healthy Retailing
Mike Frieberg, Senior Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at the Public Health Law Center
Using experiences from the tobacco context, this presentation will examine how zoning laws can be used to encourage more healthy retailing practices.  These practices include restricting license location by density, proximity to schools, and zoning district.  While the presentation will focus on tobacco licensing and tobacco retailers, the lessons will be applicable in the context of food, alcohol, and marijuana as well.

Your data show that LGBTQ students are at higher risk. Now what?
Jacquelyn Freund, MS, Assistant Epidemiologist, EpiCog, LLC; Holly Magdanz, Hopkins One Voice Coalition Coordinator

A panel of presenters will share Minnesota Student Survey and College Student Health Survey data on substance use, mental health, and risk and protective factors for students identifying as LGBTQ. The panel will also share prevention strategies that can be used in schools, and a list of statewide resources.

Youth Nicotine Exposure and Electronic Cigarette Use – The Next Gen of Tobacco Use
Christina Thill, State Policy Planner, Tobacco Prevention and Control, MN Department of Health

Did you know that youth electronic cigarette use is now double the rate of conventional cigarettes in Minnesota? With the youth tobacco use landscape changing quickly, this session will provide a high level overview of electronic cigarettes products, marketing efforts aimed at youth and youth electronic cigarette use trends in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health will highlight findings from the 2017 Nicotine Health Advisory and describe the impact and harms of nicotine on the adolescent brain. The panel will also cover policy change options to limit youth access to these products.

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