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Local Leaders Present Workshop At National Prevention Conference

Newport — Representatives of two Sullivan County organizations recently presented a workshop at the National Leadership Forum in Oxon Hill, Md.

Liz Hennig, director of Communities United Regional Network for Sullivan County; and Kathy Moaratty, of SAU 43; joined with William Harris, a motivational speaker based in Middlebury, Vt., to present “Understanding Capacity and Opportunities: Coalitions and Educators Working Together to Create Lasting Partnerships and Systems Change.” The workshop focused on how education and prevention professionals can make lasting partnerships and create positive change within schools.

“As our work focuses on keeping young people healthy, our relationships with schools have always been a focal point,” Hennig said in a recent news release.

“We were honored to be able to share our successes with people from across the country and give them tools to help make their own communities safer and healthier.”

The four-day conference, held by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, focused on strategies for fighting substance abuse. While there, Hennig and Taylor attended meetings at the offices of Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to discuss prevention issues at a national and state level.

Shannon Carney a VetCorps volunteer based in Claremont, also attended the conference.

The Newport-based Communities United is an umbrella organization comprising businesses, community organizations, government and law enforcement agencies, and nonprofits.

With a focus on drug prevention, its goal is to make the Sullivan County and New London communities stronger and healthier.

— Staff report