RAPAD Coalition Meeting Minutes
Renville County Gvt Bldg Rm #116
Present: Lamont Jacobson/Volunteer, Annie Tepfer/RAPAD Coalition, Dave Torgelson/County Attorney, Virginia Sullivan/Volunteer, Chuck Blum/KOLV, Leah Schueler/SHIP, Bill Schmitz/Hometown Bank, Heidi Sticna/RC Hospital, Janine Kramer/Olivia House of Hope, Sean Culhane/Regional CoOrdinator, Shereen Frank/RCW Schools, Michelle Mehlberg/BLS School, Janette Oehlers/Guia Coach/PactForFamilies
Old Business: Coalition members were given match forms to fill out & turn in. Meeting minutes and Agenda were approved. Coalition members discussed Elections of Chair, Vice Chair & Secretary. Annie opened the discussion with nominations. After discussion, Lamont Jacobson accepted the Chair position, Chuck Blum accepted the Vice Chair position and Virginia Sullivan accepted the Secretary position (with agreement that in her absence due to her health another coalition member will take the meeting minutes). Annie stated that nominations would be approved by the steering committee. Lamont, Annie, Susan & Virginia are members of the steering committee. Elections were approved. The coalition meeting date was changed from December 26th to December 19th due to the Christmas Holiday.
New Business: Chuck Blum reported to the coalition that he is putting together two radio ads for Christmas Eve & Christmas to be recorded by December 10th. Annie played the ad recorded by Jill Bruns & herself & asked coalition members for new voices for the ads. Shereen and Janette agreed to help with the ads. Shereen will contact students who are available. Chuck informed the coalition that there is one Community spotlight ad per month available from a grant through Big Country & West Central Sanitation. Annie requested a Community spotlight ad also. Opioid Litigation: Dave Torgelson shared with the coalition that there will be litigation with many counties against a drug manufacturer for damages caused by the opioid epidemic. He is going to check to see if there are any people or entities that could make a claim for Renville County. Annie shared a story of John Schlegel who was taking opioids for an injury. He died November 4th, 2017 and his family made a public statement about their experience. Annie would like to see more conversations about drug abuse & collaborate with students & youth & community members.
Youth Leadership Conference: Chad Harlander from the REACH Program spoke at the conference. He spoke to the students about setting goals. There were activities for the youth with distracted driving, drunk goggles, and then a circle discussion. Bobby Jones/former user of alcohol & drugs spoke to the youth. Annie shared that the students want more information at these conferences about mental health, leadership how to’s and substance abuse.
In Kind Match: Brittany/accountant from Renville County Public Health reported to the coalition about the in kind match information from all activities on the match forms. The coalition surpassed the guideline. Annie will follow up about reporting her office in the county building and meeting room use to use as in kind matches. Shereen wanted to know which student activities could be used towards the in kind match. Annie stated it would be student presentation work, mileage, media, trainings, SHARE surveys& compliance checks. Lamont asked what would happen if the guideline was not met. Annie stated that if that happened, the coalition would have to make more of an effort in a shorter amount of time to try to meet it. There is $156,500 for 2018, $130,000 for grant year 8 and $187,000 for grant year 9.
Ripple Effect Training Eval: Sean spoke to the coalition about the Dept of Health & Human Services training which helps to understand the effects on a community of the work of the coalitions; intended & unintended effects on individuals, groups sectors & communities. Annie & Sean would like to work on this with coalition members to interview them & share what is effective in the community as a result of coalition work. Virginia suggested business owners, as the B & D market was willing to put RAPAD pamphlets in grocery bags for customers and Lamont suggested utilizing TADA graduate students to learn how their group affected them after they graduated high school.
Youth Groups: Leah reported for SHIP presented to 8th & 9th grade students about tobacco use & E cigs/nicotine. She stated SHIP wants to help with a pilot program with local dentists about participating in the Quit program to share with their patients. RCW: Shereen stated the SHARE survey was finished & results are available. TADA members talked with students about alcohol & drugs, & invited them to join TADA by giving them bracelets. They also handed out red suckers to students. Central Community: Brian Skogan did suicide prevention with students. BLS: Michelle reported that students helped out at the local food shelf with packaging & dividing donations. Students were surprised at how many people utilize the food shelf. Cedar Mountain: Students had red ribbon week & now have a group called TARS: Thinking About Responsible Solutions.
Olivia House of Hope: Janine reported that Grace Church is helping with remodeling the basement to use for two new rooms for future residents. She stated that there is a problem with residents being able to receive prescription drugs in the mail & that there needs to be monitoring which is difficult. She would like to see training about prescription abuse.
Guia Program/Pact For Families: Janette is the new Guia coach and reported that her position is for Kandiyohi & Renville Counties, RCW, BOLD, New London & Willmar High Schools. They are presently taking referrals. The Guia program helps at risk Latino youth with goals to help them with alcohol & drug prevention and abuse.
RC Hospital: Heidi reported that the hospital will host an event for families to decorate cookies together. Annie would like to see about presenting SHARE survey results to the hospital board. Lamont stated that a presentation to hospital staff may be beneficial. Chuck asked about opiate prescriptions. Coalition members would like more discussion on opiate prescribing.
Responsible Beverage Server Training: The training held at the Main Street Bar & Grill was November 6th in Renville. 15 attended. A Tobacco retailer training will be held December 4th from 4:30 to 5:30pm at the Renville County Health & Human Services Bldg. Pact For Families Collaborative will meet in Hutchinson at the fairgrounds on December 13th. Towards Zero Deaths training is December 14th at 1:30pm Room 121B in the Renville County Bldg/regional meeting. TADA Christmas party will be December 21st 1:30pm at RCW
Next Meeting: December 19th, 2017 at Max’s Bar & Grill in Olivia 12:00 to 1:30pm
Respectfully submitted: Virginia Sullivan/Coalition Secretary