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Healthy Directions, Winter 2015

From the Director's Desk

By: Beth Thomas, HC3 Program Director

2016 Health Assessment

As part of a public government agency, we are very conscious of spending taxpayer’s money in the most effective and efficient way while providing needed solutions to public health issues.  Healthy Choices Caring Communities works hard to ensure that our strategies, events and activities are cemented in evidence-based practices with solid, accurate data and supporting evidence gathered from stakeholders and community members as the foundation for their development.

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Addiction and Shame

By: Scott A Haselman, Fulton County Prosecuting Attorney
   I am a firm believer in the old adage that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. As such, my prior articles have generally focused on the importance of drug prevention programs. However, when it comes to the issue of “drugs”, every now and then we need the proverbial “pound of cure”.  
Statistics indicate that almost 10% of all Americans over the age of 12 (approximately 23.5 million people) suffer from some form of drug addiction or dependency. However, those same statistics indicate that only 11% of those who are addicted or dependent (approximately 2.6 million people) obtain the necessary treatment. I believe that one of the things that causes this lack of treatment is a pervasive sense of shame...
Scott A. Haselman
Fulton County
Prosecuting Attorney

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What's Trending Now?

 Opiates in the news...
> Drug Collection Boxes

 E-Cigs in the news...


YAC Update:

By: Karen Pennington, YAC Advisor

Congrats Seniors


Making a Difference!

Deb Bowman, HC3 Coalition Secretary, Opiate Taskforce Chair.

What motivated you to get involved?

I started out on the committee to replace the previous ED manager as a representative for the healthcare sector on the coalition. Since then I have learned more about HC3 and the work they are doing in Fulton County to promote healthy choices for our young people. This has motivated me to stay involved and to become more actively engaged by participating as the chair of the Opiate Task Force. Working in an emergency department allows me to witness the damage that substance abuse can do to both the patient and their family. If we as a coalition can provide education and help prevent youth from going down this path then I feel we have made an impact in our community. A strong community is important to keeping Fulton County a wonderful place to live and HC3 has been working hard over the past decade and continues to do so by providing education and opportunities for the youth of Fulton County.

A Closer Look
Toni Schindler, HC3 Coalition Member,  Publicity Taskforce Chair.

What motivated you to get involved?

In the past, I have spent many years building relationships across all service sectors to provide mental health and addiction education, resources and treatment avenues for their patients, clients and/or employees. Although no longer in the treatment field, I am still able to provide resources and connections through new and existing relationships because of my experiences.

A Closer Look
Annemarie, Youth Advisory Committee Chair, 3 year member

What have you learned from your time in the group?
From my experiences in YAC have taught me that the majority of youth are not using/doing drugs. I have learned how to be a leader and work with people who I normally I would not have ever even met.

How do you hope to use this in the future?
I hope to use the things I have learned to help educate people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. I also the organization, planning and leadership skills I have learned to better myself and help myself succeed in whatever career I choose.

A Closer Look
Payton Lovins, YAC Leadership Board, 3 year member

What have you learned from your time in the group?
Not only did YAC allow me to be able to do that, but it also gave me great leadership and people skills. During my time in YAC I have learned that not everyone agrees all the time. People hold their own opinions and you have to be patient and give them your attention. YAC has also taught me that I am not standing alone. I have peers that agree with me, and wish to stay drug and alcohol free.

How do you hope to use this in the future?
I am so blessed to have met so many new friends that I can connect to. I hope to apply this to my further career. Being a teacher requires patience, kindness, listening skills, and motivation. All of which are valuable skills that I have learned from being in YAC.

A Closer Look

Upcoming Events

HC3 Coalition Meeting

FAYETTE EAGLES - Let's Talk...

Healthy Choices Caring Communities Coalition Meeting

Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3 Partnership) is a Fulton County community coalition that is working together to reduce underage substance use. They meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 12:00pm at the Fulton County Administration Building in the 2nd floor conference room.  We encourage any interested member of the community to attend the meetings and learn more about what we do, and how you can help!

#ContinueTheConversation - Online Parenting Forum

KNOW:  YOU Make a Difference
We want to encourage parents to start the conversation with their kids, continue the conversation with their kids and network with other parents and community members to share and learn ideas about raising healthy and happy tweens and teens.
HC3 would like to partner with the community to create an online parenting forum called, #ContinueTheConversation.

These new discussion blog posts will begin in late May and continue through the rest of the year.  We would like to invite you to follow our blog and join this online parenting forum where you can learn and share ideas about raising healthy and happy kids.
NEW - Follow our Blog

I would like to talk to my child about drug use, but I don't know how.
It is very important to talk to you children early and often about the dangers of drug use, and it is never too late to start.  Please follow this link for more information and help with talking to your kids.

I have discovered that my loved one has a drug issue... now what?
There are many resources available to help you take the next step.  Please follow this link for more information on local organizations that can help.

For additional information on substance abuse, and prevention please check out our

Our Contact Information is:
Healthy Choices Caring Communities
606 S. Shoop Ave
Wauseon, OH 43567

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