Big Changes Are Here - November Newsletter

Letter from the Coalition Coordinator

Happy November everyone! As most of you have probably heard by now, we have received our 6-11 year grant from Drug Free Communities, and we are now well into our first month of our work plan.  With this new grant we have been working on some big changes in the coalition that will align with the requests we received in the satisfaction surveys that you all filled out in late summer.

Some of the changes you will see include a new meeting schedule, collaboration with other running coalitions to best utilize everyone’s time, new communication styles, education corners in the newsletter where we share the data and research that we use here in the office, and a new website that will make information more accessible.

Our first meeting of the new grant cycle will be on November 28th to allow that for people who will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday. Please join us to discuss the new work plan and the way that we can all work together to promote addiction free lifestyles in La Plata County.

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Samantha Holiday - Fort Lewis College Intern

Hi there, my name is Samantha Holiday. I am a Public Health graduate from Fort Lewis College here in Durango. I am from Dennehotso, Arizona (small community in Apache County) and I moved to Durango to pursue my educational goals. For my senior year at FLC, I had the privilege to work as an intern for Celebrating Health Communities Coalition for a senior project. For the last five months, I have worked alongside two beautiful ladies, Pat Senecal and Breeah Kinsella, in raising awareness and bring forth prevention methods to help the youth and adults in the community about alcohol and substance use, including providing the resources that will help families live an addiction-free lifestyle.  

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April Master Minds

Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition

Masterminds Meeting Minutes

April 18, 2017 | Three Springs

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Unchain My heART


SNOWDOWN IS HERE

Join the fun with our Interplanetary Spectacular Obstacle Course for bionic youth 8-18 years old.

Featuring a minigalactic area for smaller androids!

Coffee, Hot Cocoa, Tea, Gifts for the 1st 50 registrants and prizes!!

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Not your ordinary internship!

My name is Trevor Leahy and I am a graduating Public Health Student at Fort Lewis College, this summer I had the pleasure of interning with Celebrating Healthy Communities under Pat Senecal, Cody Goss, and Breeah Kinsella. From the very beginning it was clear that I wasn’t going to any ordinary internship where I make copies all day or fetch someone’s coffee, but I would be working with a group of experienced individuals who have a real ability to improve a community that I care about -Durango.

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Interning at Celebrating Healthy Communities

Hi, my name is Gayle George and I am from Whiteriver, Arizona.  I am currently a senior at Fort Lewis College and I am studying public health.  I had the privilege to intern at a non-profit organization called Celebrating Healthy Communities and in the past few months, I have gained a depth of information that involves a lot of collaboration between different sectors in our local community.  Our organization mainly focuses on the youth and families who are in the La Plata Country areas.  I enjoyed all the outreach events that I had helped with, it was such an amazing experience that I will never forget. 

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July Asset of the Month - #29 Honesty

Have you heard about Developmental Assets?

74% value telling the truth

This framework, researched extensively by the Search Institute, outlines the skills, experiences, relationships and positive self attributes youth need to become thriving contributing adults.  

Anyone can build assets! Yes, you! Join the parents & non-parents, youth serving professionals, and neighbors across La Plata County working on the July Developmental Asset of the Month : Asset #29 Honesty - A young person tells the truth, even when it's not easy.

Essential Question: Am I the type of adult that allows youth to feel safe in telling the truth in tough situations?

 

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June Asset of the Month - #28 Integrity

Have you heard about Developmental Assets?

Local Developmental Asset Data

This framework, researched extensively by the Search Institute, outlines the skills, experiences, relationships and positive self attributes youth need to become thriving contributing adults.  

Anyone can build assets! Yes, you! Join the parents & non-parents, youth serving professionals, neighbors ... across La Plata County working on the June Developmental Asset of the Month : Asset #28 Integrity - Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.

Essential Question: In what ways do we model personal integrity for children to emulate?

 

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Smoke and Mirrors: The Electronic Cigarette Fallacy

 

I have this friend who smokes e-cigs, or vapes e-cigs. Actually, I do not even know the right terminology as most people do not. Let’s say he is an e-cig consumer.

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I asked him one day, “Why do you use those things?”

He replies, “I quit smoking and this is the healthy alternative and they taste better.”

I ask, “Why do they taste better, what is in them?”

“I’m not sure, but the flavor I currently have is gummy bears and it is a sweet way to get my nicotine.”

“So you are still a smoker because you are still using nicotine?”

“No, I quit cigarettes and now I only use this.”   

At this point I acknowledged it was not my place to tell him he is actually still using a substance as bad as or even possibly worse than cigarettes. It is really hard for me to have a conversation like this without turning it into a lecture opportunity. Of course, my friend who I greatly respect, does not need that from me nor will it impact his addiction. 

But then again, would it change his mind if I shared what I do know about electronic cigarettes? 

 

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