Hunterdon Coalition May – June 2016 Outcomes
Alcohol: South Hunterdon teens submitted #BeATrueFriend video of them dancing the Cotton-Eyed Joe. #BeATrueFriend participants challenge friends to post themselves having fun without substances, i.e., dancing or playing the guitar. Poster contest about the dangers of underage drinking, in honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, held at South Hunterdon; winners were 7th and 8th graders. Showed In A Split Second to South Hunterdon students and discussed 9-1-1 Lifeline Legislation. Created video with C-Teens (Chabad of Hunterdon County), United Way and Youth Coalition.
Marijuana: PSAs created by Students of the Month at Hunterdon Central on marijuana and THC oils. RVCC focus group held to gather data for local conditions on logic model. Results from group showed that college students do not think that driving under the influence of marijuana is a big deal. Presented Marijuana Myths to Hunterdon County Nurses Association and Grace Cathedral Church; provided information to increase the perception of harm of marijuana, specifically to the developing brain.
Tobacco: Focus group held to learn how residents feel about Tobacco-Free Parks. Brochure created for Tobacco-Free Parks.
Prescription Drugs/Heroin: Held two Heroin presentations in partnership with Prosecutor's Office at North Hunterdon and Hunterdon Central High Schools to educate on the dangers of Rx drug use leading to heroin. Nurse educator at North requested the PowerPoint to be used with all nurses that she teaches. A parent who attended the event at Central, who happens to be a teacher at Central, asked for a copy of From Pills to Heroin to be showed in Health class. Rx cards will now be distributed at Wright Funeral Home in Flemington. Rx Appreciation Luncheon held for pharmacists and law enforcement in recognition of hard work disseminating Rx box information throughout county.
Youth Coalition (YC): Held Year-End Celebration and awarded scholarships based on Photo Voice entries. Kids were asked to take pictures of what Hunterdon has that helps keep our kids safe and what can be worked on. One YC member raised money for Recovery Center making and selling ribbons and hair ties. Partnered with youth group from Chabad to paint boxes for United Way's Tools for Schools program and create video on underage drinking.
Youth Leadership Training: Presented by CADCA for high school youth from Hunterdon and Somerset counties. 49 Hunterdon youth attended 2-day training. The purpose of this training was to engage youth, using the SPF model, and have them assess their community/school to identify local drugs/alcohol and where/when/how they are being abused. This event also helped to build capacity of the YC and to give youth a voice.
Marketing and Public Relations: Rack cards printed, to be used in lieu of Coalition brochures. 1 press release submitted about the Rx Appreciation Luncheon, with 3 press mentions as a result. There were an additional 13 press mentions from other articles where Coalition was mentioned: Community Day participation; Take-Back Day; C-Teen/United Way partnership; Community Conversation events; START packets; and Youth Leadership training. 336 Likes on Facebook (increased by 16 since April). Instagram page created for Youth Coalition; already has 400 Likes.
Overall: Through involvement of a Youth Coalition member, Coalition was a recipient of proceeds from annual Hunterdon Polo Classic. Participated in Hunterdon County Community Day with Coalition table.
Rx Boxes: 267 lbs. of medications was collected from the various Rx boxes, as follows: Hunterdon County Justice Center - 172; Lambertville - 17; Readington - 64; and Tewksbury - 14. St. Anne's Church held a take-back event and collected 45 lbs. State Police in Kingwood installed an Rx box.
One Voice: Summit will be held on September 29, with Carlton Hall of CADCA as Keynote Speaker. Topic of Summit is "Emptiness leads to path of addiction," with main focus on heroin. Faith leaders attended Police Chaplains Conference, sponsored by NJ Attorney General's Office. Met with Warren County's faith group, One Table, who will be changing their name to One Voice. They will collaborate with us on September Summit.
Partners/Collaborators: BlueForce Promotions, Courier News, Crime Stoppers, Family Success Center, Hunterdon County Chiefs of Police Association, Hunterdon County Health and Human Services, Hunterdon County Middle and High Schools, Hunterdon County Municipal Alliances, Hunterdon County Police Departments, Hunterdon County Polytech, Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office, Hunterdon County Sheriff's Office, Hunterdon Hospice, Hunterdon Medical Center and Pharmacy, Hunterdon/Mercer County Regional Chronic Disease Coalition, Hunterdon Prevention Resources, Hunterdon/Somerset Association of Realtors, One Voice Faith Steering Committee, Raritan Valley Community College, Regional Operations Intelligence Center, ShopRite (Flemington, Clinton and Phillipsburg) and Stop n' Shop Pharmacies, Silver Oak Learning Center, Weichert Realtors-Clinton, Youth Coalition, Wright Funeral Home