Kelly Felton, coalition coordinator with the Working Together Coalition (WTC), was awarded a scholarship from the Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and invited to speak at the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Prevention Day on Feb. 4 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
Felton will present at two sessions, focusing on WTC activities and efforts in the Pine River-Backus, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Northland communities during last year’s first National Prevention Week.
Felton will highlight the planning process, positive outcomes, increased community awareness of behavioral health issues and new partnerships formed during that week that have yielded additional collaboration.
This one-day event provides a forum for prevention practitioners, community leaders, researchers, scientists, consumers and advocates in the behavioral health field to learn about effective programs and the latest developments in the areas of substance abuse prevention and treatment and mental health.
Participants are able to network with other SAMHSA grantees and partners and will have the opportunity to take part in workshops to enhance their strategic organizational skills and to share experiences and information.
The ninth annual Prevention Day is held in conjunction with CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest meeting for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers.
The theme this year is “Coalitions: Science, Strategies, and Solutions,” which emphasizes the importance of developing broad-based strategic alliances, implementing proven and promising strategies, and achieving population-level change.