2014 Conference


The Coalition for Healthy Youth coordinates its efforts to host the following:

  • Annual Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities Conference
  • Community Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking
  • Annual Legislative Breakfast: update on substance use/abuse issues.
  • Business Covenant Partnerships: to reduce underage access to alcohol, and tobacco; to reduce the negative consequences of underage and excessive drinking in our community; and to be committed to empower people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

The hallmark event for the Coalition for Healthy Youth is our annual conference formed especially with rural communities in mind. Registration is now open for the 2014 Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities: Bringing Hope to Communities in Despair which will be held August 6 – 8 at USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC. Click here for the conference’s keynote speakers and breakout sessions.

Conference highlights will include:

  • A Wednesday morning opening keynote presentation with LaTanisha Wright of Follow the Signs. Her presentation is Big Tobacco Retail Contracts & Practices in African American & Low Socioeconomic Status Communities.
  • A Thursday morning keynote address from Dr. Ernie Aguilar of Initiatives for Social Determinants of Health. His presentation will be Getting the Bigger Picture: A Model for Overcoming Bias and Improving Engagement.
  • A Friday lunch keynote address from David Jernigan of Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY). His presentation will be Alcohol Marketing and Youth: Latest Research and Community Action.
  • More than 26 breakout sessions featuring presenters from across the country.
  • Networking opportunities for participants, including the Small Town USA: The Simple Life fun-filled social on Thursday evening complete with homemade ice cream, popcorn, pie eating contest, photo booths, etc.

2014 Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities: Bringing Hope to Communities in Despair is a training conference that emphasizes the unique challenges of conducting youth prevention in rural communities. The conference was founded by one of the most successful prevention coalitions in the country, in hopes of raising awareness of the plight that many rural communities face with regards to the growth of youth substance abuse.

 Hosted by:

   USC Lancaster

This year’s conference is hosted by the University of South Carolina Lancaster in Lancaster, South Carolina.  Historic Lancaster is located 30 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina.

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