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.
A Year of Meetings for Celebrating Healthy Communities
- Coalition Meeting and Workshop will be on Tuesday, November 28th from 10:30am - 1:00pm in Durango, CO. More information will be provided on location with follow up emails. Our workshop will focus will be structure change and cultural competence. The general coalition meeting will be prioritization of the work plan.
- Advisory Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm at La Plata Youth Services meeting room. Visitors welcome.
- Masterminds Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 16th from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Three Spring Sales office located at 175 Mercado St #109, Durango, CO 81301.
- Advisory Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 13th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm at La Plata Youth Services meeting room. Visitors welcome.
- Coalition Meeting and Workshop will be on Tuesday, March 20th from 10:30am - 1:00pm in Bayfield, CO.
- Advisory Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm at La Plata Youth Services meeting room. Visitors welcome.
- Masterminds Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 15th from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Three Spring Sales office located at 175 Mercado St #109, Durango, CO 81301.
- Advisory Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 12th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm at La Plata Youth Services meeting room. Visitors welcome.
- Coalition Meeting and Workshop will be on Tuesday, July 17th from 10:30am - 1:00pm in Ignacio, CO.
- Advisory Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, August 14th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm at La Plata Youth Services meeting room. Visitors welcome.
- Masterminds Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 18th from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Three Spring Sales office located at 175 Mercado St #109, Durango, CO 81301.
It's November and that means Mountainfilm on Tour is just a couple of weeks away! Durango Nature Studies is thrilled to host one of the premier film festivals in the country, bringing documentaries that are culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring directly to Durango on Saturday, November 18.
The Durango Arts Center will be our venue, and we will have three showings. We have posted the film lists for both the family-friendly matinee and the regular shows.
Time: Doors open at 1:30 PM; Show starts at 2:00 PM
Cost: $8 kids/$10 adults in advance: $10 kids/$13 adults at the door
Time: Doors open at 4:30 PM; Show starts at 5:00 PM
Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, $10 students
Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM; Show starts at 8:30 PM
Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, $10 students
The advance (discounted) tickets are available at Maria's Bookshop and Backcountry Experience.
In addition, we'll have some special guests, a silent auction providing opportunities for your own adventures and more! Silent auction offerings include adventures from Four Corners Riversports, Mountain Waters, Taos Ski Valley, Telluride Ski Resort, Wilderness Aware Rafting in Buena Vista, and Wolf Creek Ski Area.
- Underage substance use is preventable, and adolescents are subjected to influences that may increase their risk for substance use or protect them from it.1 Substance use prevention programs are designed to reduce the influence of risk factors and increase the influence of protective factors.
Read this article provided by Substance Abuse Mental Health services administration to learn more about trends to exposure of prevention messages: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_3380/ShortReport-3380.html
- Donald Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Listen to this interview with Ari Shapiro of NPR and Keith Humphries of Stanford University as they discuss the research on Anti-Drug campaigns of the 1980’s-90’s and what we’ve learned for future prevention measure.
- Researchers know that drugs of abuse, like opioids, alcohol, and marijuana, act on the brain’s ventral tegmental area (VTA), and it’s thought that the active ingredients in these drugs stimulate the release of dopamine in this area, thereby triggering the flood of pleasure that drugs (as well as friendship and sex) provide — and creating cravings for more.
Read this article to hear why researchers are finding that long-term marijuana use changes brain at the cellular level.
Have you met our new super volunteers, Emily Steen and Mikey Ryerson? Here they are at our two events this Halloween Season, the Family Fall Fest hosted by La Plata Family Centers Coalition and the Community Halloween Carnival hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Tribe in Ignacio.
We were also joined by coalition members Kate Jones of San Juan Basin Public Health and Judy Michalski of the Kiwanis Club.
So many thanks to those super stars who continue to show up for La Plata County Families!
Asset of the Month
Please join our community partners in promoting the Assets framework, by placing the following “Asset of the Month” in your newsletters, communications and interactions with youth and families.
For a full list of the 40 Assets go to: http://www.search-institute.org/what-we-study/developmental-assets
Developmental Asset of the Month:
Asset #5 Caring School Climate – School provides a caring, encouraging environment.
Local Data: 43% of La Plata County youth report having a caring school climate. (Assets Survey 2015)
Essential Question: Do I know if my child feels safe and nurtured at his or her school?
Tips for families:
- Visit your children’s school during the day. How does it feel to you as you walk through the halls between class periods or visit a classroom?
- Talk with your children—ask about their friends, about what it’s like to ride the bus, or walk through the halls and lunchroom of their school. Keep the conversations going, even if your child doesn’t initially respond to your questions about school climate.
- If you find out your child is bullying or being bullied, listen carefully and respectfully while your child explains their point of view; then work together to make a plan to solve the problem.
Source: Search Institute Discovering What Kids Need to Succeed
To schedule a Developmental Assets Workshop for youth and/or adults or a presentation of La Plata County Assets data,
contact Pat Senecal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating Healthy Communities Advisory Board
As always, we'd like to thank our board for their consistent work to grow and restructure Celebrating Healthy Communities and its positive effect in our communities. We’d like to especially welcome our newest Advisory Board Member, Dr. Laura Warner of San Juan Basin Public Health.
We couldn't do it without you all!
- Katy Pepinsky, Chair
La Plata Youth Services
- Open, Vice Chair
- Allee McKown, Treasurer
Animas High School
- Dr. Laura Warner
San Juan Basin Public Health
- Ryan Garcia
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
- Mariel Balbuena/Roseann McDermott
La Plata Family Centers Coalition
- Jennifer Thurston
- Sean Evans