During this hour-long CADCA-TV broadcast called The Parent Factor: Partners in Prevention, see how coalitions are trying to reach parents in non-traditional ways. Hear from three seasoned coalition leaders about what is working in their communities.

We’ll visit two coalitions and see how they are creatively reaching parents. One group is going where the parents already are and the other is taking an old idea and making it new again.

Key Concepts:

  • Hear what obstacles coalitions face when trying to reach parents
  • Find out how stigma keeps parents from asking for help
  • Learn creative ways some coalitions are reaching parents
  • Discover what messages are resonating with parents
  • See how to use technology to better connect with busy parents and youth
  • Learn why to consider creative partnerships; from working with family courts to connecting with parents in recovery

Originally Aired: June 24, 2010

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Host & Panelists

Mary Elizabeth Elliott

(Host) Vice President of Communications, Membership, and Information Technology, CADCA

Amanda Edgar

Maine Community Health Promotion Specialist, Portland, ME

Amanda Edgar has worked with Portland Public Health/Healthy Portland and its school and community-based programs for several years. Through the use of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Blogger, Edgar has taken the coalition’s programs to new levels and has garnered national acclaim.

Edgar co-facilitates substance abuse prevention/educational support groups and conducts outreach to adults and youth in correctional facilities in the Greater Portland, Maine area.

Edgar has a Bachelor’s degree in criminology from The University of Southern Maine. Prior to her work in substance abuse prevention, she worked with victims of domestic violence.

Carol Reeves

Director and CEO of Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville, SC

Carol Reeves is a founding Board Member of the Greenville Family Partnership, a community-based parent organization established in 1984. She served two terms as President of National Family Partnership and served as Chairman of the National Red Ribbon Campaign for eight years.

In addition to her work with Greenville Family Partnership and National Family Partnership, Reeves serves on the South Carolina Governor’s Council for Prevention. She has also served on the board of directors for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

Reeves is the recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor awarded to a civilian in the state of South Carolina as well as several other prestigious awards.

Cynthia Schaider

Executive Director, Casa Grande Alliance Drug Prevention Coalition, Pinal County, AZ

Since 1980, Cynthia Schaider has been working with rural and non-profit organizations in Pinal County, Arizona in the areas of behavioral health, community coalition building, strategic planning, team building, drug prevention, communication, and the training of law enforcement officers and community members.

Schaider was appointed by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors as the County’s representative to the Arizona Meth Project Advisory Board, and sits on the Arizona Governor’s Underage Drinking Prevention Committee.

Schaider holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona, and is an Arizona Police Officer Standards and Training Board certified instructor.