Encouraging healthy behavior and decreasing substance abuse in our community.


Board Minutes

Advisory Board Meeting Minutes – January 5, 2015     5:30 p.m.

Present: ­ Ginny Burley, Lisa Champagne, Mary Rose Dougherty, Ann Gilbert, Jim Sheridan

Action Steps:

  • Ann will contact Eva regarding youth board position and invite her to February meeting
  • Ann and Ginny will attend “Guiding Good Choices” training and contact schools and parent groups to see who would like to schedule a 5-week series for parents of students in grades 4-8
  • Ann will create a one-page handout for parents and events
  • Deb will have a financial report to share for next meeting

Updates:

Ginny reported on recent discussions at CVNDC regarding the rethinking about hiring a new person for the Youth Outreach/Tobacco Educator position formerly held by Marcus. Since we have current staff with more availability, expertise, and familiarity, we have decided to divide up tasks among Ann, Ginny, Deb Wolf, and Bill Merrylees for the time being and hold off on bringing in someone new. We will give this a try and see how it goes.

Ginny shared the information we have received about the Vermont Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training in March 2015 for those interested in providing cessation services and especially as an onsite resource on a tobacco free college campus. We questioned whether or not this would be a useful tool for a coalition member to have in order to support our community in smoke free initiatives.

Lisa was helpful in describing the current status of cessation workshops, participants, and trained specialists in this area and how the program works now with a starter package that has a 2-week supply of nicotine replacement. Lisa says there are very few specialists in the area, yet the current need is being met. In response to smoke free housing, it seems that more tenants are choosing to go smoke somewhere outside of the building as opposed to making an effort to quit with a cessation group.

We reviewed the letter of application from Eva Bodin from Montpelier High School for youth board member/internship position and we were all in agreement that she sounds strong and passionate and we look forward to meeting her at the February meeting. In addition, we have heard that a senior at U-32’s Pilot program has been working on opiate treatment services and we would like to invite her to participate on our board as well.

We shared the December 15, 2014 article published in the Times Argus as the first of our monthly “Current prEvents” contributions. We are close to completion on our January article on Marijuana. We will add info that articles will be archived at cvndc.org.

Lisa reported that there are two WRAP leaders available to do a presentation at Norwich University when we need it.

Upcoming Events:

  • January 9, 2015: SAM-VT day at statehouse (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)
  • January 15, 2015: Presentation at MSMS Parent group meeting 6:30pm
  • January 19, Times Argus article on Marijuana
  • January 28, Prevention Day at Statehouse
  • February 2, next meeting 5:30 (food starts at 5:15)

Next meetings: Mondays, Feb.2, Mar.2, Apr.6, May 4, June 1, 2015         Submitted by Ann Gilbert


Advisory Board Meeting Minutes – December 1, 2014     5:30 p.m.

Present: ­ Mary Rose Dougherty, Ann Gilbert, Pat Jones, Jim Sheridan, Ginny Burley, Wanda Baril

Action Steps:

  • Ann, Ginny, and Deb will make a decision about where to advertise our job opening (Marcus’ position) and will post the job opening at sites including CCV
  • Ann will post the Youth Board member announcement/recruitment ad on FPF, CCV, Norwich, High schools, the World, the Bridge
  • Ann will send the December 11 Parent Ed talk with Debby Haskins info to board members
  • Ann will share the SAM VT (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) Agenda:  www.sam-vt.org
  • Ann will contact Montpelier Alive and Montpelier Business Association about smoking and share old downtown merchant survey information.
  • Board will consider next best use for Letter to the Editor that Pat has drafted
  • Ann to talk to Diadel Ortiz about what level is best for her regarding involvement with the board and to talk about  contact with youth group at church

Updates:

November 3, 2014 Minutes were approved.

Staff changes, job description, and possible posting areas were discussed

Pat shared “Health in All” and how Dr. Harry Chen is promoting that all policies should support public health. We can include this philosophy and message in our Marijuana and other upcoming articles with the Times Argus.

Discussed recent activities related to: smoke free parks discussion at city council meeting; marijuana legalization hearing and Rand report

Upcoming Events:

  • Date TBD– Times Argus article to be published
  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 6:30 pm–U-32 Community Education presentation
  • Monday, Jan. 5, 2015– next meeting
  • Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015–presentation at MSMS Parent group meeting

Next meetings: Mondays, Jan.5,  Feb.2,  Mar.2,  Apr.6,  May4,  June 1, 2015
Submitted by Ann Gilbert


UPDATES November 2014

Central Vermont New Directions Coalition is presently working on our three main grants, PFS II, CCPG, and AOE Tobacco, and are connected to a number of other groups and organizations throughout the state to maintain a presence in the community both as a resource and as partners working in the field of Prevention.

ADVISORY BOARD: After Spring meetings every other month, the Teen Game Night at the Mountaineers in July, the summer off, we met recently on November 3rd and decided to meet on the first Monday of each month. We usually have about 6 members attending meetings and the other members are kept updated via minutes and emails.

STAFF CHANGES: Marcus Hass has left his position as Tobacco Educator/Communications on October 31, to relocate for personal and family reasons. Ginny will finish up at Community Connections this month and will continue her part time prevention work with CVNDC. Discussions are underway as to how to move forward, divide work, and possibly hire a young adult.

Here is an update on our grants:

PFS: (VT Dept of Health, Washington County Partnership for Success Grant II) CVNDC is the sub grantee (specifically covering Montpelier and U-32 towns) with the Washington County Youth Service Bureau as the Lead agency (focusing on Barre, Northfield, and the Valley) while always keeping the whole of Washington County in mind.

Our goals are to

-Reduce underage and binge drinking among ages 12-20, and

-Reduce Prescription drug misuse among ages 12-25.

-We submitted the required full report for Apr. 1-Sept. 30 on October 17, 2014.

-We met to revise the budget for next year.

-We have met with Select Boards of Middlesex, East Montpelier and Berlin and we are on the Agendas for Calais and Worcester this month. We are educating on policy approaches and providing information for towns to make decisions about restrictions on alcohol in public places and/or at community events, ie: ensuring a safe environment for youth and families at Fourth of July celebrations, in parks, and on beaches. We let them know where they have power, should they choose to use it. Our “Education for Cities and Towns” document has been a useful tool.

-We support local Law Enforcement by providing DUI informational cards to hand out during their holiday Saturation patrols/traffic stops, and we promote the DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Days in April and September. During the checkpoint held during the Labor Day campaign, 864 vehicles were stopped and 111 tickets were issued, some DUI related, and one involving heroin possession.

-Our ongoing relationship with VT Dept of Liquor Control helps community stores and servers. We promote the required training seminars that every employee and caterer needs to have completed before serving or selling alcohol or tobacco products. Recognition of stores and bars that have passed their stings and Compliance checks, by not selling to minors, have been done in the spring and we will do this again in early 2015.

-As Norwich University cut a crucial position in Prevention, we are working with the Dean of Students and the Wellness coordinator to pilot the e-check-up to go, the confidential online education and assessment tool for students to look at their own drinking behavior and personal risk levels and how they compare to others. We are discussing this with U-32 and Montpelier High School as well.

-With Prescription drugs an ongoing problem, we are connecting with pharmacists to provide education to customers on Rx drug misuse, safe storage, and proper disposal. We will work with prescribers as well.

– We are currently having our CVNDC website redesigned by Tom Waters at Creative Waters who also did the Live More Drink Less VT site. This is paid for out of our PFS budget. The new site will be easier to update and will contain our Prescription Drug information and resources, modeled after work done in Windham county. We will promote this through a new Rx brochure, articles, and social media in conjunction with campaign materials supplied by the Health Department.

-Vermont’s total from the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held Saturday, September 27, 2014 was 3348.8 pounds with Washington County collecting 320.8 pounds. The Take Back total from April 26, 2014 was 3340.9 pounds. The drop box we supplied to Sheriff gets a lot of use each week.

-Community mobilization continues as we are involved with Prevention Works VT, schools, parent groups, childhood trauma education work group, Health team at CVMC, and Montpelier Alive.

-Media advocacy is important and we have facebook messages scheduled now through August 2015. We have two articles being reviewed by Steven Pappas at the Times Argus for our upcoming monthly column, “Current prEVENTS.”

-We attended the College Symposium on High Risk Drinking, held at Middlebury College this year, and gathered more information about various strategies being used to curb binge drinking and to suggest that their campus survey include questions about combining alcohol and prescription drugs. We will have a spring event to present info to parents and graduating seniors about alcohol and Rx risks.

-We renewed our membership with Montpelier Alive and had a long meeting with new Director, Ashley Witzenberger, and shared our mission and resources and filled her in on plans for upcoming events. They will prove to be a great partner in getting smoke free area signs up for events, and we provided her with policy information and server requirements from the DLC in case some galleries wanted to serve wine during the Art Walk and Arts Fest. We will have a followup conversation about planning a Mocktail event to promote alcohol free entertainment.

-We have been invited back to the Parents Group at Main Street Middle School and will present on Prevention at their meeting in January.

CPG: (Combined Community Prevention Grant): Currently working on Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana, e-check up for Community members, Physical Activity, and Nutrition are Ann, Ginny, and Bill Merrylees.

-Presently, we are conducting audits in stores in Washington county for statewide mapping purposes to show outlet density, proximity to schools of alcohol and tobacco outlets, advertising, promotions, and availability of healthy options at stores and whether or not they accept WIC and SNAP benefits. We are into our required 40 stores and have assigned another 55 to be done by Health department staff to be completed by end of December.

-We provided information about Act 135, the VT law prohibiting smoking in a vehicle with kids, and no smoking around schools or in daycares, and 802 Quits information. Flyers were posted, info was sent to school newsletters, and an email blast was sent to all providers listed with the Specialized Childcare Resource Development Specialist at the Family Center of Washington County.

-We are working with Tobacco Free College Campus Initiatives, and we recently presented information to the Human Services course students at Montpelier CCV to educate them about second hand smoke, third hand smoke, new Vermont laws as of July 1st, and cessation opportunities. CCV as a whole is not yet ready to commit, but the conversations are starting with some of the other sites. UVM has delayed their start date from Jan 2015 to Fall 2015 to be ready.

-Marcus worked with Teen Leadership middle school students at U-32 for Red Ribbon Week, to promote healthy activities and not falling victim to tobacco advertising.

-Ann attended the Smoke Free Housing Summit, held at Lyndon State College this year, and heard many agencies and landlords share their stories of going smoke free. We connected with Montpelier and Barre directors who need our services to provide literature and cessation information for their tenants.

-We met with the Montpelier City Council in May and have requested to attend an upcoming meeting to continue discussions around smoke free parks in Montpelier. Since the vote just passed for a smoke free Church Street Marketplace, our hope is that this will nudge Montpelier to take action they have contemplated.

– Marcus has presented to students and their parents of drivers education classes with Central Vermont Driving School in Moretown. These evenings are a mandatory part of the class curriculum and Marcus was there as a guest speaker to provide information on alcohol, DUI, second hand smoke in cars, drug impaired driving, Driving contracts with parents, and coalition missions.

AOE: (Agency of Education Tobacco Grants) CVNDC has funding to provide Tobacco education at U-32 and Montpelier schools.

At MHS, our objective is to increase awareness among students about the dangers of second hand smoke and of experimenting with any form of tobacco or nicotine delivery system. This rationale is based on the 2013 YRBS data that students reported a disconnect between the harm of cigarette use compared to other forms like cigars or cigarillos, and a disconnect between cigarette use and second hand smoke exposure .

At U-32, we are working on increased communications to students and the WCSU community to raise awareness around the harms of all forms of tobacco, nicotine, and second hand smoke. According to the 2013 YRBS data, WCSU high school students reported below state average exposure to advertisements about the dangers of smoking within the past 30 days. Also, only 60% felt they agreed that teachers really cared about them and give them lots of encouragement. We look forward to setting up a meeting with editor and staff of The Chronicle to pitch ideas and topics to publish in the school newspaper.


Advisory Board Meeting Minutes – November 3, 2014     5:30 p.m.
Present: ­ Mary Rose Dougherty, Ann Gilbert, Pat Jones, Jim Sheridan, Lisa Champagne, Deb Wolf, Ginny Burley

We missed: Becky Bowen, Wanda Baril, Marianne Signorino

Keep in the loop: Cindy Murphy, Wendy Freundlich, Diadel Ortiz, Kim Martin, Sarah Munro,

Action Steps:

  • Ann to talk to Diadel Ortiz about what level is best for her regarding involvement with the board and to talk about  contact with youth group at church.
  • Ann will share the Burlington Free Press article on binge drinking and Grad Letters from last spring
  • Ann will contact Montpelier City Council to get on Agenda to return and follow up about smoke free parks
  • Pat will re-send her Letter to the Editor to Ann to consider for future use
  • Pat will find Focus Questions to review at next meeting
  • Mary Rose will draft a job description/announcement for 2 youth to join board for a limited term and to participate in coalition activities.

Updates:

Staff changes were discussed—Marcus has left his position as Tobacco Educator on October 31, to relocate for personal and family reasons. Ginny will finish up at Community Connections this month and continue to work with CVNDC. Ann, Ginny, and Deb will map out a plan for hours, responsibilities, potential new hire of young adult.

May 12, 2014 Minutes were approved. Pat moves, Jim seconds.

Ann’s contract for 2014-15 was discussed and approved by all. Pat moves, Mary Rose seconds, Jim signs.

Revised brochure was reviewed and edits/comments recorded.

Board discussion included keeping Marianne on the board with the understanding that she may be excused from Monday meetings due to scheduling conflicts. All expressed need to have some youth presence so Mary Rose agreed to draft a “recruitment” message.

Discussed recent activities related to: CPG (Community Prevention Grant), AOE (Agency of Education Tobacco Grant), and PFS (Partnership for Success II Grant)

Times Argus “Current prEVENTS” articles to appear in 2014-15 and Great American Smokeout as an upcoming public presence that might “kick it off”.

We decided to meet on the 1st Mondays of the month for now and hope this can work for most members.

Next meetings: Mondays, Dec. 1,  Jan. 5,  Feb. 2,  Mar. 2,  Apr. 6,  May 4,  June 1, 2014 Submitted by Ann Gilbert


Advisory Board Meeting Minutes – May 12, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Present: ­ Mary Rose Dougherty, Ann Gilbert, Pat Jones, Jim Sheridan, Wanda Baril,

Action Steps:

  • Ann to call the Times Argus to put events on the Community Page, ie: Carriage House
  • Ann will share the Burlington Free Press on binge drinking and Grad Letters
  • Someone (TBD) will email Megan Smith , information seeking, re: Jay Peak award.
  • Pat will revisit a Letter to the Editor
  • Pat will find/create Focus Questions
  • We will revisit the idea of having youth member on board and make an ad to post for students for 2014-15 school year
  • Ann will outline the elements to go on the revised brochure
  • Ann and Marcus will look into getting baseballs for giveaways at the Teen Game Night, with slogan: “Breathe easy” or Smoke Free Zone, or Save Your Breath

Updates:

Discussed CPG and PFS grants

Times Argus articles to appear in 2014-15

Teen Game Night at the Mountaineers is on July 11, 2014

We decided to skip another meeting because we will have the July event and then summer off.

Resume meetings in the fall when school is back in session. Next meeting TBA.

Submitted by Ann Gilbert


Advisory Board Meeting Minutes – March 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Present: ­ Becky Bowen, Mary Rose Dougherty, Ann Gilbert, Marcus Hass, Pat Jones, Jim Sheridan, Marianne Signorino

Action Steps:

  • Ann and Mary Rose will meet to discuss updating the CVNDC brochure so we have current, informative, promotional material about the coalition
  • Pat will resurrect her draft of the focus questions so we can consider the content of a focus group involving youth
  • Ann will contact Pam Arnold about her MSMS Ambassadors who are serving in a leadership role and presenting the Montpelier YRBS data to the parents’ group and inquire about them presenting to us (or should we go their presentation?)
  • Ann and Marianne will talk to Ivy Zeller about “pre-teaching” the Hungry Heart film and how to provide enough framework and processing for high school kids.
  • Pat will be present at a table of materials at The Hungry Heart evening showing at MHS on Feb. 4 while Ann is away at CADCA conference in DC.

Updates:

  • January 21, 2014 meeting minutes were approved.
  • The Hungry Heart documentary film was shown on for KHLibrary
  • Jay Peak ad controversy
  • PFS (Partnership for Success Grant II w/Youth Service Bureau
  • CPG (Community Prevention Grant) proposal submitted Feb. 28 We applied for the maximum amount of $155,000.
  • Smoke free Housing Summit not this year, shoot for 2015
  • YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) 2013 data released and presented
  • Focus Questions
  • Youth on board
  • Brochure

Upcoming Events-15 min

  • Mountaineers Teen Game Night with The World, Tuesday, June 17
  • Meetings with Select Boards, School boards, City Council meeting·
  • MSMS Parents’ Group meeting has been postponed (twice) and will finally occur on March 20. Ivy will facilitate and show a short film about marijuana “Does Legal Mean Safe?” followed by a discussion. CVNDC will assist.
  • U-32 Parent group meeting is scheduled for March 6.  Ann has been invited to share a powerpoint of YRBS data followed by discussion with parents, Principal, and both Assistant Principals.
  • CPG (Community Prevention Grant) opportunity is coming up and Ann will receive more information this week and next. CVNDC will work with Community Connections to submit a proposal, probably for the maximum amount of $155,000. Theresa offered to send info regarding the Community Health Needs Assessment that was conducted.
  • We are working on the list provided by the DLC (VT Dept of Liquor Control) of the businesses in our area who have passed their alcohol and tobacco compliance tests. We will acknowledge these stores, restaurants, and bars with certificates, ads in the paper, and a visit with balloons.
  • CVNDC has been invited to host the Smoke Free Housing Summit in May 2014 so efforts are underway to plan this event for 100 people.
  • We discussed the history of having Teens on our advisory board and the general consensus that it would be helpful to make this happen again. We will reach out to SAPs at U-32 and MHS and the Ambassador group at MSMS and Marcus.

NOTE:  After the meeting, some members requested moving the meeting to Monday, March 17 instead of Tuesday, March 18

Please Respond and let me know if Monday works for you!

Submitted by Ann Gilbert

Next meeting TBA (either Monday, March 17 or Tuesday, March 18)

Maybe on St. Patrick’s Day


Advisory Board Meeting Minutes – January 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Present: ­Mary Rose Dougherty, Marianne Signorino, Ann Gilbert, Pat Jones, Jim Sheridan,

Lisa Willette, Theresa Lever

Action Steps:

  • Ann and Mary Rose will meet to discuss updating the CVNDC brochure so we have current, informative, promotional material about the coalition
  • Pat will resurrect her draft of the focus questions so we can consider the content of a focus group involving youth
  • Ann will contact Pam Arnold about her MSMS Ambassadors who are serving in a leadership role and presenting the Montpelier YRBS data to the parents’ group and inquire about them presenting to us (or should we go their presentation?)
  • Ann and Marianne will talk to Ivy Zeller about “pre-teaching” the Hungry Heart film and how to provide enough framework and processing for high school kids.
  • Pat will be present at a table of materials at The Hungry Heart evening showing at MHS on Feb. 4 while Ann is away at CADCA conference in DC.
  • Theresa Lever will forward the Community Health Needs Assessment data to Ann.
  • Ann will meet with Marcus to discuss ways to get youth involved on our board.

Updates:

  • November 19, 2013 meeting minutes were approved.
  • MSMS Parents’ Group meeting on February 13 will be a short film about marijuana “Does Legal Mean Safe?” followed by a discussion. CVNDC will assist.
  • Ann has been invited to share powerpoint of YRBS data at U-32 Parent group meeting on March 6
  • Ann reported that work has begun on the PFS (Partnership for Success) Grant and we will be funded $56,000 for our initiatives in the Montpelier and U-32 district areas by the Youth Service Bureau who is the lead agency.
  • YRBS(Youth Risk Behavior Survey) data re: Prescription meds was shared briefly and we discussed having the Ambassadors group from MSMS present their data to CVNDC.
  • We discussed including Diversion clients in our focus groups as community service.
  • The Hungry Heart film was shown at MSMS and will be at the Pavilion auditorium for Legislators tonight. We want to include prevention messages and schedule a community forum
  • CPG (Community Prevention Grant) opportunity is coming up and Ann will receive more information this week and next. CVNDC will work with Community Connections to submit a proposal, probably for the maximum amount of $155,000. Theresa offered to send info regarding the Community Health Needs Assessment that was conducted.
  • We are working on the list provided by the DLC (VT Dept of Liquor Control) of the businesses in our area who have passed their alcohol and tobacco compliance tests. We will acknowledge these stores, restaurants, and bars with certificates, ads in the paper, and a visit with balloons.
  • CVNDC has been invited to host the Smoke Free Housing Summit in May 2014 so efforts are underway to plan this event for 100 people.
  • We discussed the history of having Teens on our advisory board and the general consensus that it would be helpful to make this happen again. We will reach out to SAPs at U-32 and MHS and the Ambassador group at MSMS and Marcus.

NOTE:  After the meeting, some members requested moving the meeting to Monday, March 17 instead of Tuesday, March 18

Please Respond and let me know if Monday works for you!

Submitted by Ann Gilbert

Next meeting TBA (either Monday, March 17 or Tuesday, March 18)

 Maybe on St. Patrick’s Day


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