RAPAD Coalition Meeting Minutes
October 23rd, 2018
12:00 to 1:30pm, Renville County Govt Bldg, Olivia, MN
Present: Annie Tepfer/RAPAD Coalition Coordinator, Dave Torgelson/County Attorney, Virginia Sullivan/Secretary, Lamont Jacobson/Chair, Janette Oehlers/Guia Coach/Pact For Families, Dave Drager/Pastor Buffalo Lake Hector, Janine Kramer/Olivia House of Hope, Ned Wohlman/RC Jail, Chuck Blum/KOLV, Joe Maffet/Pact For Families, Tom Krus/Bold, Shereen Frank/RCW, Jill Bruns/RC Public Health, Sean Culhane/Regional Prevention Coordinator, Bill Schmitz/Hometown Bank, Andrew Pelz/RC Restorative Justice
Old Business: Coalition members were asked to fill out match forms and turn them in. Introductions were made, Approval of the September minutes; Lamont made a motion, seconded by Chuck, motion carried. Approval of the agenda; Lamont made a motion, Chuck seconded the motion, motion carried. Annie informed coalition members that elections of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary; will be made at the December meeting.
Community partners: Tom/BOLD schools shared that Bold is planning parent nights with a drug and alcohol prevention theme. He asked for RAPAD to help with this activity. Lamont suggested $500. Chuck made a motion to provide the assistance for the event; Bil seconded the motion, motion carried to assist BOLD with their parent night youth prevention activity. Shereen Frank/RCW shared that Youth Frontiers will be presenting to 7 & 8th graders; Rich Smith to 9-12th grades. They will be having an inservice for parents & staff and a promotion for bullying prevention. A letter was sent to parents to inform them about vaping. TADA students are working on new t-shirts. Cedar MN: Annie gave vaping presentation to 6th, 7th & 8th graders as part of their health class. Lamont shared that CBS Sunday morning had a program about vaping. Dave stated that the newspaper had full page ads of the JUUL product along with warnings.
Media: Chuck passed out Christmas program packages for advertising. “An American Christmas” program will feature ads on Big Country, Q102fm, KWLM (54 30 second ads) that will run 10 am to 12 am, December 12th through 28th. Dave made a motion to run RAPAD ads with the “An American Christmas” ad campaign on Big Country, Q102fm, & KWLM; 54 ads 18 per station $545. Jill seconded the motion. Motion carried. Jill stated she attended a conference discussing Disease & Despair. Many interesting facts were presented such as the white suicide rate = the bkack homicide rate. Other presentation attended addressed farmer suicide and rural poverty. The farmer suicide in Minnesota is higher than Veteran suicide. Jeff Linkenbach has presentations about “Building Resiliency” that have been accessed by coalition members.
ACES Presentation: Annie, Janette and Ned presented on ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) in Minnesota. Adversity early in life increases physical, mental and behavioral problems later in life. The Kaiser insurance company was the catalyst to bring attention to this when they surveyed employees of companies they insured. Brain development is hampered by ACES & stress. Questions about ACES are now included in the Minnesota Student Survey for grades 8th, 9th and 11th to help with ongoing data on how ACES are affecting students today. Youth data on ACES and drug & alcohol use show connections. 38 to 41% of Renville County students report at least one Adverse Childhood Experience. Ned shared graphs of inmates that showed multiple health & social problems. Renville County Jail average ACE score is 4.7; some inmates had 8 on the male survey. Females in RC jail had 6.7 for a score. All children of these inmates already have one ACE. Ned noted that the question to ask is no longer “What is wrong with you”? but “What happened to you”? to help with the process of healing. ACES cannot be prevented but adults and childred affected can have better outcomes when protective systems are in place. Respecting culture and traditions and including them in the community; helping with school relationships; attachment and belonging to improve their strength and capabilities. Shared learning can motivate everyone to come together as a community and encourage leadership so that results oriented decisions can be made for a positive outcome for those with ACES and the community as a whole.
Other Business: DEA’s Prescription Take BAck Day is Saturday Oct 27th. Also TALL COP SAYS STOP training will be November 6th. This workshop is for law enforcement, probation officers, school administration, treatment providers, and counselors. It will cover alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, alcopops, alcohol and drug concealment methods and containers, drug paraphernalia, drug related music and groups, logos, stickers, new technology, youth party tendencies, party games, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, social networking sites, synthetic drugs, OTC drugs, inhalants, concentrates, e-cigarettes, and popular party drugs. A workshop for parents will include: This presentation is for local community members, parents, and guardians. Topics to be covered are alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, alcohol and drug concealment, drug paraphernalia, drug related music, new technology, youth party tendencies, party games, social networking sites, OTC drugs, inhalants, electronic cigarettes, popular party drugs, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, and much more! Training will be held in Sleepy Eye, MN. Annie invited coalition members to attend the Pact For Families Full Collaborative meeting on November 14th to listen to Kate Erickson from Minnesota Department of Health 12 to 12:30pm at the Renville County Government Building in Olivia. There will be a panel of Human services, a pharmacist, Representative Dave Baker, Dr. Alquist from RC Hospital & clinics & more.
Upcoming Trainings/meetings: CADCA Converence February 4th to 7th, 2019 Washington, DC, 5/25 Committee Meeting November 14th 10am, Pact For Full Collaborative November 14th, 11:30pm
Next meeting Tuesday November 27th, Noon, Room 115, RC Government Building, Olivia
Respectfully submitted: Virginia Sullivan/Coalition Secretary