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UMFK to host satellite broadcast entitled Faith Community Involvement in Substance Abuse Prevention

August 13, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will once again be hosting an interactive satellite program from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), on Thursday, August 28, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference center.

"Faith Community Involvement in Substance Abuse Prevention" will provide participants a thorough review of the Bush Administration's faith and community-based initiative and ongoing initiatives in faith based programming.

Research highlighting the effectiveness of faith-based programs will also be shared. Participations will be engaged in a dialogue to frame how community coalitions can effectively engage faith partners in their communities.

The broadcast is intended for community coalition leaders, prevention specialists, safe and drug-free school coordinators, educators, counselors, law enforcement officers, treatment providers, coalition volunteers, concerned parents, criminal justice professionals, youth coalition members, and members of the religious community.

Panelists for this session will include Dr. Eduardo Hernandez-Alarcon, deputy director for Training and Technical Assistance CADCA; Rev. Marcus Harvey, CEO, STRENGTH, Inc.; Henry Lozano, president and CEO, Californians for Drug-Free Youth, Inc.; Harry Prim, Faithworks coordinator, S.C. Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Doreen Turk White, executive director and CEO, Empowerment Zone Coalition, Inc.; and Beverley Watts-Davis, director, SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

CADCA is offering participation certificates with contact hours for this broadcast. For additional information, please contact Tanyanic Brown of CADCA at 703-706-0560, ext. 242 or email to tbrown@cadca.org.

This satellite program is sponsored by the National Guard Bureau Counter-Drug Office (NGB-CD), The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), and the Multijurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training (MCTFT) program at St. Petersburg Junior College and the Florida National Guard with the extended technical support of the Satellite Education Network in Fort Lee, Virginia.

The broadcast is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, contact Don Eno at 834-7835.