September General Meeting

Coalition Meeting Agenda with Notes
September 20, 2016
La Plata County Fairgrounds


In Attendance:
Pam Willhoite, Pine River Shares,  Parent
Morgann Box,  FLC Public Health Intern, Schools
Greg Felsen, 4-H, Youth Serving Organization
Juliana Hill, Health Advocate Mercy Medical, Health
Mia Carrasco-Singer, The Garden Project, Youth-serving organization
Samantha Gibson, La Plata Youth Services, Youth-serving organization
Corinna Manion, Teen Coordinator Durango Library, Civic
Kelsey Bonar, Boys and Girls Club of LPC, Youth-serving organization
Ryan Garcia, Planned Parenthood, Health
Brandi Lucero, Planned Parenthood, Health
Ann Botsford, Probaction, Government
Lindsay Box, Program Director, Boys and Girls Club of SUIT, Youth-serving organization
Cass Sanchez, Programs, Boys and girls Club of SUIT, Youth-serving organization
Pat Senecal, Director, Celebrating Healthy Communities, Youth-serving organization, Parents
Lauren Patterson, Planning and Evaluation, Business


10:30  Workshop: Pam Willhoite, Popular Education model for community “in”gagement!

The Popular Education process is to be used if you have a Social Change Agenda. Popular (of the people) education is a participatory process that combines people's experiences to develop collected analysis and strategies for action to create positive social change. Paulo Friere is the originator of the approach - The “Tyranny of the Moment” explains the dynamic of people who are too busy to advocate, so this method creates needed change to challenge the status quo. Social justice organizing, people who are directly impacted are most perfectly suited to identify and work on solutions. In Bayfield and Ignacio, access to food security as a priority issue.


The Process is face to face dialog:
1. Start with experience
2. Look for patterns
3. Add new information and ideas
4. Practice skills, strategize, plan for action
5. Take action

PR Shares is a leadership project for the Pine River Valley.
Role of staff is to energize and resource people at the table. She asked Pine River community members “What should we be doing to support healthy, thriving families?” People gathered and they provided meals, childcare and a space where people feel listened to. She keeps asking questions and captures everyone's thoughts in their own words. No paraphrasing or combining ideas to simplify. Another set of questions is “What are our assets and what are our challenges and what would you like to do about it?” This is how the projects emerge and only when a leader steps up is a project done.

Look at “Spheres of Influence” from individual to networks to community to institutions.
People change their deeply held beliefs when someone close to them poses new information without "blaming" them for not knowing.  Embrace the concept of "in-reach". Energize social networks within families and neighbors. Leadership work is using our experience and looking for patterns around the table. The process repeats year after year and project after project. Best time for meetings - ask people what works for them. In Bayfield, 10am-12pm is best for meetings that involve parents with children and with food.  The engagement model is building relationships and having dialogue agreements by consensus.

The “Economic Pyramid” describes what is happening in the world regarding people's ability to survive financially. 75% of CO income is for housing and people cannot afford to live here. 80% of people are sharing 6% of the available financial resources in the U.S.. 1% of the population controls 43% of the net financial wealth of the US.  You have to get to know your communities. Politics means: How are resources distributed? Pine River Share appreciates and uses CHC data so that people who are the data, see the data.

The social safety net was removed in the 1980s and the nonprofit world expanded exponentially to address all those falling through the cracks. Apply the right strategy at the right time so track the political agendas that are taking place externally. When you organize from the bottom up, when the funding goes away, you still have the leaders to keep moving initiatives forward despite lack of funding. An example is DFC so that once the funding is over, the community continues the work because they feel it is important. Need to further dialogue on how communities sustain long term effort

At the November or January meeting we will continue the conversation by talking about the sustainability of our community efforts. Pam will help craft an essential question for the meeting.

11:40  Welcome and Introductions - Breeah
11: 50  Advisory Board Ballot – Pat

Ami Nathwani is stepping down as chair of advisory board but will remain on board. Katy Pepinski asked to be on Advisory Board and agreed to take the position as Vice Chair. We need a new chair to help set the agenda, create essential questions for Master Minds and advise Staff. Nominations for the chair from the group are: Katy Pepinsky, Ryan Garcia and Kelsie Borland.12:00    Hero Recognition- Jennifer Thurston – Pat

The CHC Hero award went to Jennifer Thurston, Weaselskin for all her efforts in the community and the coalition. She is mentor, coach, trainer, a host home for homeless youth, works with 9R on the 8th grade transition conference “Keys to High School Success”, offers many healthy activities for La Plata Youth Services clients.

12:10    Policy Roundtable – Pat and Breeah

Policy Round Table
When we are good stewards of our funds and organizations collaborate, no kids get left behind and increased funding can be obtained. The issue: Advertising for recreational marijuana is out of control. In looking through the two free newspapers in Durango in one week, there were 16 recreational marijuana and alcohol ads equaling $6,860. How can CHC counterbalance this advertising? State law says 30% of readership must not be under 21 years of age. This week there were 16 advertisements in one publication.  We need to balance the norms. What can CHC do to address the data from Healthy Kids Colorado Survey of higher youth use of marijuana and alcohol use. Policy is one of the most effective ways to address the highest number of people. What policy could be pursued to address this new phenomenon of marijuana advertising?

Policy ideas generated by group, could be formal or informal:
1. Encourage/Control the placement of newspapers, as editions are accessed by the youth at the Durango Recreation Center, Starbucks etc.
2. Take existing policy re advertising and enforce the existing rules.
3. Encourage/Control hours radio stations can advertise marijuana on air. The goal would be to not air during drive time to school in the morning.
4. Encourage/Control marijuana advertising at events and festivals.
5. Policy could address cap on licenses in city or county. The County only has grow operations and currently does not have any dispensaries. Current regulations do not cap the number of dispensaries in Durango or the county. Use NM example and new dispensary would have to buy someone's license who is going out of business.

6. Policy could ask for local fees from dispensaries to address marijuana education for youth.
7. Establish a law that hold dispensaries accountable to give parent education with their sales.
8. Set laws about advertising images, especially images appealing to youth. Use the Australian "Plain" advertising concept.
9. Policy to limit percent of ads in publications.
10. Add a “Surgeon General’s” warning to counter the data showing that perception of harm is down.
11. Price of marijuana but may result in illegal purchasing.
12. Policy that dispensaries spend some money on advertising educational information re: marijuana.

Other comments:

1. Keystone and Torch Clubs have not yet selected their topic for this year at Boys & Girls Club.
2. Ask both papers for their data on who their readership is. 16. Pressure on newspapers to show their demographics.
3. Incentivize students to talk to you about what they read. Take these numbers to the magazines.
4. What is Native American perspective on marijuana? (sacred tobacco concept).

5. Question: is there a marijuana association in town?

6. Sante and Animas Herbal took "They are Listening" parent bookmarks to give their clients.

12:30    Funding Discussion – Pat and Breeah


Sept 30th ends the 4th year of 5 years of funding from DFC. Diversifying funding streams is one of the goals within the CHC sustainability plan. We need partner organizations to include line items in their own grants for CHC funding sources. SUCAP asked for media campaign guidance and gave 20K. Snacks have been coming from SJBH since CHC can't buy food with DFC grant.

Current initiatives:

We hired Susan Landers to advise and edit a funding request packet for banks. These packets have been sent to Alpine Bank and First National Bank with the objective to have 1K a week to provide educational advertising around youth marijuana use and impacts and to use 4K to hire an experienced grant writer to write the DFC grant for years 6-10.

Where is the money?
We have to scramble to find money to fill gaps that is not covered by DFC and  have difficulty finding appropriate grant opportunities that don’t put us in direct competition with other agencies or which conflict with current grants SUCAP writes.
There is a disconnect between organizations in how funding is sought. With collaboration we could make a bigger overall pot of money.

Three ways to raise money: Fees, Active (like events, donors), Passive (like signup and get a portion of receipts from a company)

Ideas from the group:
1. Charge a Fee for services CHC renders, like charging for trainings or media expertise.
2. Put on an event, i.e. “Dryathon”-a month without drinking, then celebrate those participants at our Snowdown event.
3. Passive fundraising like City Market card sign up to benefit CHC.
4. Private donations, but we would have to let those people know about CHC
5. Sponsorship allows sharing of logo on materials, but is not tax deductible by the company sponsoring.
6. Bequest or Trust (the government can't tax a trust)
7. Paycheck deductions
8. Annual Membership or organizational fee
9. Amazon Smiles or Crowd source

12:50 Networking

1. LPYS – They are transitioning into the school year, working on a statewide Collaborative Management initiative which includes the SMART Collaborative focused on truancy, continuing Radical Possibilities mentorships with 10 students and 8 mentors, which was very effective last year.
2. BGCLP – The average daily attendance has been low for 4th grade and up. Very few teens are coming in. They will begin Wild Fridays in October on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. They are looking for 16 and up to serve as junior staff, starting at minimum wage one day a week.
3. Gerry – He is looking for living space for people who are in recovery. 5K River Run for Orphans (Durango and beyond) is Saturday the 24th at FLC, registration at 8:30 am at the clock tower, prizes, diverse participants from BBBS, Probationers, Denier.
4. SUBGC – They are hiring part time staff as they had to cap registration due to a low number of staff. They will put on a Halloween Carnival, Oct 31st at the Casino from 6-9pm for families. Any non-profit can sign up for a free booth and keep any proceeds from the Carnival. Teen night is Oct 19th.
5. The Garden Project will hold a seed saving and soil health workshop this week. There are Dirt clubs at local schools. Manna teen intern program, with help from CHC, helped with the Manna Market on Wed nights, 4-6pm, where anyone could come to get fresh produce and anyone can bring produce from your own garden to share.
6. Kelsey would like her BGS students involved with the strategic planning so Lauren will make arrangements to get input from them for the first goal on increasing assets for youth.

Next Meetings 2016 – Please put them in your calendar!!

Masterminds – October 18th, 11:30am – 1:00pm Three Springs Sales Office

Strategic Planning – October 25th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm at 835 E 2nd Ave #200

General Meeting – November 15th, 10:30am – 1:00pm in Ignacio

Masterminds – December 20th, 11:30am – 1:00pm Three Springs Sales Office

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