Tioga County Allies In Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Attends CADCA’S Virtual Mid-Year Training Institute to Increase Substance Use and Misuse Prevention Efforts

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From the Tioga ASAP Coalition:

OWEGO,NY – Representatives from Tioga ASAP Coalition joined nearly 3,000 substance use and misuse prevention specialists and advocates last week for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s) first-ever Virtual Mid-Year Training Institute.

“Our coalition was honored to be part of CADCA’s first-ever Virtual Mid-Year Training Institute,” says Christina Olevano, Project Director “Throughout the week, we worked on building our skills and strategies to address substance use and misuse issues throughout Tioga County, NY. Together with nearly 3,000 of our fellow prevention advocates, we worked toward our shared goal of creating and maintaining safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.”

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is typically held in a different city throughout the U.S. each summer. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was transitioned to an online training experience, encompassing more than 80 unique training sessions on a wide range of topics – everything from preventing prescription misuse, to addressing electronic cigarette use and developing policies to reduce underage drinking.

Three Tioga ASAP coalition members had the opportunity to hear from some of the nation’s top prevention leaders, who served as keynote speakers for the event. This year’s keynote speakers included Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Jim Carroll, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Our coalition has recently impacted the community by spreading awareness of substance use issues in Tioga through various media channels, partnering with all 6 schools districts, hosting a Community Change Forum, hosting a Youth Leadership Summit, and bringing national experts on substance use issues to Tioga County. We look forward to utilizing the skills we learned through CADCA’s Virtual Mid-Year Training Institute to further these initiatives and enhance our impact.

Mission: To engage our communities in efforts to understand, prevent, and reduce youth and community substance abuse through increased collaborations inspiring community level change.

Vision: Working together for a healthy Tioga County free from the effects of substance abuse.

https://tiogaasap.org/ or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TiogaASAP

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