Organizational Elements of Effective Coalitions


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 the 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.

Session Dates:

Session 1 – July 18, 2019
Session 2 – July 25, 2019
Session 3 – August 1, 2019
Session 4 – August 8, 2019
Session 5 – August 15, 2019
Session 6 – August 22, 2019
Session 7 – September 5, 2019


11:00 am – 12:30 pm Alaska
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Mountain 


Phyllis Law is a Senior Systems Change Specialist at the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) at Penn State University.  She was one of the first to receive Communities That Care (CTC) Plus Coaching Certification through the University of Washington. In addition to providing direct technical assistance to 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. Phyllis has been working in the field of prevention for almost 30 years where she has worked at all levels from state government to grassroots organizations by providing program oversight, coalition development, event planning, training, and technical assistance in many areas of prevention.

Meghan 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.


  1. Explore diverse community sectors and ways to engage them in your prevention efforts
  2. Showcase effective strategies to key leader engagement and sustaining their continued support
  3. Discuss the importance of member engagement and ways to strengthen the relationship over time
  4. Demonstrate the importance and key elements of group goal directedness
  5. Describe the elements of efficient meetings and group development
  6. Explore the importance of understanding the prevention landscape and determining how to make connections


  • Community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and community coalition coordinators located in the Northwest located in the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
  • Prevention practitioners who would like to become a Certified Prevention Specialist or need to continuing hours of education to meet re-certification requirements.
  • Please note, this training is reserved for prevention practitioners working in HHS Region 10.
  • Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn what opportunities for similar courses are available to them.

Participation Commitments and Expectations:

  • View a 20-minute video tutorial prior to the first session on Thursday, July 18 on how to use and maximize the video conferencing platform
  • Attend a live one-hour Orientation to Technology Session on Thursday, July 18, to demonstrate mastery of the basic technology skills required to participate
  • Participate in 6 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times and complete ONE hour of weekly learning activities.
  • Complete up to an hour of independent learning activities between each session.
  • Use a web-camera and have the appropriate technology to join the online video conferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90 % of the time during each session, since this is not a webinar series and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.

PLEASE NOTE: Registrants enrolled in this series are required to attend the first sessions on July 18, 2019.  If you cannot attend this session, you will forfeit your attendance. Participants need to use a web camera and have the appropriate technology on the July 18, 2019 session.

Continuing Education Hours:

In order to receive 15 continuing education hours, participants are expected to view the 20-minute video tutorial; attend the live technology training; be prepared for and join each session; and actively engage in group discussions.  Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participation requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.

If you have questions, regarding technology requirements or registration details contact Clarissa Lam Yuen (

The Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center is a collaboration led by Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington in partnership with Washington State University, and CASAT at the University of Nevada.

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