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Highlights of Accomplishments due to having a DFC grant

    • Medication return box installed at Sparta Police Department in 2013 and Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center and Monroe County Sheriff Department in 2017.  Larger box installed at the Sparta Police Department in 2017


    • Coordinated two Drug Take Back Days annually since 2011 (over 7000 lbs. sent for incineration)


    • Provided education which resulted in passing a Social Host Ordinance in both Sparta and Tomah


    • Convened four Criminal Justice Roundtables to open communication between departments/agencies to help reduce drug issues in Monroe County as well as producing a Logic Model that will be used by the County


    • Reduced youth access to alcohol and tobacco through compliance checks within Monroe County – established structure for how compliance checks would be run in one police department and made them sustainable by having them included in the department’s budget


    • Educated parents about other tobacco products (OTP) at school conferences and the public about OTP at flu clinics


    • Participated in National Night Out annually since 2014 to educate people about Tobacco, Prescription Drugs, Marijuana and Alcohol  – over 700 people at each event


    • Purchased a flat screen TV to show prevention DVD’s in the waiting room area of the Food Panty at Couleecap


    • Conducted a Community Perceptions Survey to determine the level of community support for environmental/policy changes and compiled results in 2013, 2015 and 2017


    • Continued to educate parents and other adults on the dangers of underage drinking and importance of limiting youth access to alcohol through utilization of consistent alcohol-related messages & the Parents Who Host Lose The Most campaign (yard signs, window clings, printed popcorn bags for sporting events, street banners, billboards)


    • The Department of Justice implemented a statewide heroin campaign called “The Fly Effect”.  The Monroe County Safe Community Coalition is helped to implement this campaign in Monroe County.  We had a news interview with Channel 19 and articles in both the Tomah and Sparta papers


    • Coordinated and held 7 Drug Awareness forums within Monroe County – one was translated into Spanish via an interpreter


    • Hosted two Synthetic Drug and other Emerging Drug Trends presentations in Monroe County -  One was for professionals that we held at Mayo Clinic in Sparta (67 people attended) and the other was a community presentation that was held at Tomah High School in the library (25 people attended)

    • Had speakers participate in Cashton and Brookwood schools on their “Wellness Days” delivering a tobacco and marijuana prevention message


    • Met with Senator Julie Lassa on one day and Representative Amy Sue Vruwink another day to talk with them about Tobacco issues in Monroe County, specifically Other Tobacco Products (OTP)

    • Two youth from MCSCC and an advisor were chosen to participate in Tobacco Prevention efforts in Washington D.C.  (Legacy)


    • Changes made to Sparta Area School District’s Tobacco Policy


    • Assisted to get regulation for Class A License’s for Alcohol in Tomah and an alcohol ordinance change for Tomah’s Recreation Park where we also provided signage for the new ordinance


    • Co-hosted a Candidate Forum and Town Hall meeting at the same event and were successful in not only being able to allow the community to hear about the candidates stances on things related to items that are “Impacting Our Health & Safety”, we were also able to educate them about alcohol and tobacco - had Amy Sue Vruwink, Nancy VanderMeer, Lee Neirson and Peter Flesch in attendance


    • Provided educational materials on MCSCC and alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs to Hispanic families in Spanish as well as hosted a “Drug Awareness Forum” for the Hispanic Community with an interpreter

    • Hundreds of hours at trainings were attended by various members and staff on the MCSCC

    • Facebook page, website and monthly constant contact newsletter created


    • Conducted the YRBS in all 4 school districts in the county at the same time for the first time in 2011, then again in 2013, 2015 and 2017


    • Visited with Congressman, Senators, Legislators and/or their staff during Capitol Hill Day at the CADCA National Leadership conference all 6 years of our grant

    • Created strategic plan and sustainability plan for the MCSCC


    • Established and updated logic models for alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescription drug and operations workgroups


    • Youth coalition members (now  8 graders) trained to be “Agents 4 Change” to be able to conduct presentations for 4 and 5 graders, community groups and legislators on tobacco and/or alcohol prevention.  7 graders were trained for tobacco prevention in 2016 to do presentations.


    • Had all our drug educational materials we distribute translated into Spanish and printed to be utilized with our Hispanic Community in the county


    • Helped to affect an alcohol ordinance change in Tomah by providing education that helped the Alcohol Ad Hoc committee established a demerit system for establishments with alcohol licenses as well as updating other aspects of their alcohol ordinances       


    • Advocated for marijuana city ordinance in Tomah to not be changed from how it currently reads.  Attended city council meetings, marijuana ad hoc committee meetings, held educational forums, and provided resources.  Result was that no changes were made by the city council


    • Held forum to educate about meth and marijuana – what they are and what it looks like in Monroe County for professionals


    • Sat on regional meth committee and attended meth forums to look at and learn more about meth issues in the Northwest region of Wisconsin


    • Hosted the “Wake Up Call” event in Monroe County in Sparta and at Ft. McCoy with over 700 people attending these events.  The “Wake Up Call” is a life-size exhibit of a teen’s bedroom with more than 60 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use


    • Hosted Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals for educators and community professionals to learn about how to tell if people are impaired and about the current drug trends


    • Hosted an educational event for Foster Parents and Respite Families to learn about current drug trends and what they might see when a child comes into their home who has been exposed to drugs or been around drug addiction

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