DSW Candidate – Melissa Slone, MSW, CSW, 3:00 – 3:50 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars Event!

Bolstering Leadership Engagement to Community Coalition Work in Rural Appalachia

Melissa Slone, MSW, CSW

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

3:00 – 3:50 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.5



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Bolstering Leadership Engagement to Community Coalition Work in Rural Appalachia

Rural Appalachian agency leaders face many challenges in their work. Agencies often are trying to meet client needs while dealing with workforce shortages and funding challenges. Compounding their challenges is that their client populations are of lower educational attainment, live in poverty, and have decreased access to health care.

These issues prevent many agencies from meeting their client’s immediate needs and never allow them to get to the barriers causing health and well-being concerns. This causes communities to struggle as health outcome barriers are not being addressed. Collaboration must occur as these community problems are too substantial for a single agency. To do this, agency leaders must engage in community coalition efforts. To bolster their engagement, they must have a way to explore the potential costs and benefits of investing in a coalition and understand the value their agency brings to the efforts. To assist them in this exploration, a community coalition assessment impact tool has been created to guide them through the various benefits and costs and provide them with an objective way to justify committing resources to community coalitions.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the benefits of community coalitions in rural areas.
  2. Describe the agency leader’s hesitancy in participating in community coalitions.
  3. Explain how utilizing the community coalition impact assessment tool can benefit agency leaders in determining coalition participation.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.5

This course is designed for Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapist, Counselors, and other helping professionals at basic, intermediate, advanced, and clinical levels.

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, ACE Approval #1377, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The UK College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 9/29/2019 – 9/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

This workshop is also approved for 1.5 continuing education hours by the Kentucky Board of Social Work; the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology; the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors; the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board; and the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Additional Course Information: Completion of a course evaluation is required. Certificates will become automatically available for download after all of the course requirements have been met. To report a grievance, contact Ashley Cruickshank at Ashley.Carr@uky.edu or call (859) 257-5860.

For questions concerning continuing education credits and certificates for this event, please contact CSWCE@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.