Call for Presentations



Has your coalition seen changes in community-level outcomes since the implementation of evidence-based environmental strategies? Has your Executive Committee uncovered the secret to effective coalition management and leadership? Did your coalition and its partner organizations conduct an education and advocacy campaign that led to a successful policy or systems change in your community?

If you answered yes to any of these questions – or even if you answered no, but can offer a success story of your own complete with lessons learned and tips for replication in other coalitions – CADCA needs you  at the 29th National Leadership Forum. This year's theme is Transforming Communities: The Power of Prevention and as community change agents, we embrace that philosophy in our work to improve the quality of life in our nation’s communities. High performing coalitions are those that have developed broad-based strategic alliances, implemented proven and promising strategies, and achieved population-level change.


Submission Deadline:

Noon EDT Friday, September 28th.

Session notifications e-mailed to submitters: Week of November 5, 2018




CADCA is requesting training session proposals addressing the latest research findings, cutting-edge program successes, lessons learned or problems solved. Please review the Call for Presentations information online before submitting your proposal: all training sessions will run 75 minutes in length. The Call for Presentations is open to all community anti-drug coalitions; community-based prevention organizations; government agencies with a focus on substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice, public health, public safety, and related disciplines; coalition sector member organizations; and other organizations with an interest in substance use prevention and advocacy.


CADCA is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for its National Leadership Forum. This four day training event aims to bring together close to 3,000 participants representing community coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educations, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

Topical areas should focus on:

  • Coalition Leadership
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration
  • Evaluation and Research
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Sustainability
  • What's Trending

Some of the most alarming trends in substance abuse are proving to be more than just a passing phase. Training sessions will feature the latest data available on the impact and implications of “medical” and commercialized marijuana. This topic area will also include snapshots of the changing landscapes of drug and alcohol prevalence across the nation. Best practices in tackling drugs on the rise and their associated consequences will also be shared.

Click here to view the form's questions before submitting. 

Training Session Presenter Registration Benefits

It is important in which order your presenters are listed. 

  • The lead presenter for each accepted Call for Presentations will receive a complimentary registration to Forum. 
  • The second presenter for each accepted Call for Presentations will receive a discounted speaker registration rate of $400. 
  • Any additional presenters must pay the full applicable registration rate. 

If you have any questions about submitting a proposal for a presentation, please contact Brittany Huffman at or 1-800-54-CADCA, ext. 247. 



Submission Deadline:

Noon EDT Friday, October 26th.

Ideas Fair notifications e-mailed to submitters: November 19, 2018




The Coalition Ideas Fair is a poster presentation session at CADCA’s 29th Annual National Leadership Forum in which emerging prevention research and cutting-edge strategies and implementation in coalition work are displayed. CADCA is actively seeking submissions from coalitions, students, and researchers that feature innovative approaches to coalition work, recent successful outcomes in addressing substance abuse issues, up-to-date interventions and strategies, particularly environmentallevel strategies, and recent original substance abuse research. Submissions on community assessments and community-based participatory research will also be considered. This year’s theme is Transforming Communities: The Power of Prevention.

Ideas Fair Poster Displays will be located in the Exhibit Hall at the Gaylord National Harbor.  The Maryland Ballroom will be the location for the Opening Reception on Sunday night, the continental breakfasts on Tuesday and Thursday and all networking refreshment breaks. The displays will be left up during the entirety of Forum.


The lead presenter for each accepted Coalitions Idea Fair Display will receive a reduced registration rate of $400. Any other presenters for an Ideas Fair Display must register at the full applicable rate. 

If you have any questions about the Ideas Fair or submitting a proposal for an Ideas Fair Display, please contact Karolina Deuth at or 1-800-54-CADCA, ext. 263.