April Meeting Minutes

  • Jessica Bigirindavyi, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (Law Enforcement)
  • Tara Helm, North Memorial/ PFC (Healthcare)
  • LeeAnn Mortensen, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundations (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Eric Nelson, Brooklyn Park Police Department (Law Enforcement)
  • Sheila Nesbitt, North Memorial Health (Healthcare)
  • Lauren Prnjat, Hennepin County Regional Poison Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • MJ Ryan, Minnesota State University, Mankato (Student)
  • Paula Van Avery, Joint Community Police Partnership, Brooklyn Park (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Mai Vang, Metropolitan State University (Student)
Steering Committee Members Not in Attendance
  • Krista Brenno, Osseo High School (Schools)
  • Renee Gust, Hennepin Co. Services & Public Health Dept. (State/Local Gov’t)
  • Camryn Krause Ferris, Joint Community Police Partnership, Crystal (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Teresa Lunt (Parent)
  • Marie Maslowski, Maple Grove Hospital (Healthcare)
  • Shane Mikkelson, Osseo Police Dept. (Law Enforcement)
  • Alyssa Nyberg, Fairview Behavioral Services (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Randi Ordner, Prairie Care (Youth Serving Organization)
Welcome & Introductions

LeeAnn Mortensen, the PFC chair, started the meeting. For the icebreaker activity, attendees shared with the group the best Netflix or movie that they have seen lately. The March minutes were approved with a correction to note that the date of the April car seat clinic will be held on April 23.

Robbinsdale T21

The city of Robbinsdale, one of the cities PFC serves, adopted the city ordinance to raise the legal minimum age for sale of all tobacco and nicotine products to age 21 last month in March. The ordinance goes into effect in July, which means any individual must be 21 years old to buy any form of tobacco and any e-cigarette and liquids must be sold in age-restricted stores. The Robbinsdale City Council considered moving mint, menthol and wintergreen flavored tobacco products to be sold in tobacco shops only, but that measure did not pass. Although, PFC does not focus on tobacco as one of our target substances, this is a great time to commend the Robbinsdale City Council for their leadership in protecting youth in our community. [ACTION] We will be sending a letter to Robbinsdale City Council, on behalf of the coalition, to thank them for their efforts. A letter was passed around during the meeting for any interested members to sign.

Billboard Opportunity 

If you have driven on 394 recently near the Ridgedale Shopping Center, you may have seen the Partners in Prevention (PIP) billboard about vaping. Blue Ox Media Group owns a digital billboard on 694, one half mile east of highway 252, and had contacted PIP after seeing their billboard. Kjirsten Anderson, the metro regional prevention coordinator, referred PIP members & Blue Ox Media to our coalition to see if we would be interested in pursuing this offer since it is closer to our service area. Blue Ox Media is offering our coalition ad rotation space on their digital billboard on both the east and west facing sides for 4 weeks for $1000, normally a $3000 value. If we are interested in pursuing this offer, Blue Ox Media would like us to have our image for the billboard posted by mid-to-late April. In exchange, Blue Ox Media would like an in-kind donation, such as posting about their group on our website and/or posting on our social media pages. PIP is willing to share their creatives for their billboard with us, or we can focus on one of our coalition’s strategies/target substances.

Our coalition is focused on population-level environmental strategies by implementing policy level changes or altering the built environment. We want our community members to be able to easily access information and this billboard opportunity would be a great way to reach our community to increase their knowledge on one of our strategies. Several years ago, our coalition had a billboard that focused on the social host ordinance, which we could do something similar to again, or we could remind community members to prevent medicine abuse. The other option would be to use some materials from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) from their “Talk, they hear you” Campaign. We discussed among members and we concluded that: 1. We would like to pursue this opportunity, and 2. We should focus on one of our coalition’s core strategies, preventing medicine abuse. [ACTION] Tara will work with our graphic designer to create an image for the billboard.

Prescription Drug Take-back Day 

As mentioned at the March meeting, Tara shared with the group that PFC was approached by Robbinsdale PD, in which the pharmacy manager at Hy-Vee in Robbinsdale is interested in making a positive impact on the community and would like to participate in a National Take Back Day event at the end of April. We will be participating in this event, in partnership with Robbinsdale Hy-Vee, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Hennepin County and North Memorial Hospital. Other DEA Take-back Day events are also occurring throughout the metro region, including some of our PFC cities, Osseo PD and Brooklyn Park PD. Tara is assisting with social media and website outreach, as well as reaching out to local newspapers, CCX Media, and Robbinsdale City Manager to post information about this event. [ACTION] Reach out to Tara (tara.helm@northmemorial.com) if you would like to volunteer on the day of this event—mostly needed to greet individuals dropping off their medicine and thanking them for safely disposing of their unused/unwanted medications.

POLD Updates

Sheila provided some updates on the POLD System. Currently, 7 of our 9 PFC cities are participating with this strategy, including Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale. Brooklyn Park will be revitalizing their use moving forward. 9 of 16 top establishments named in 2019 are in the PFC Region and one establishment in Brainerd has been named 8 times so far in 2019. 19 departments throughout Minnesota are currently participating.

A paper on POLD will soon be published! One of the trauma services providers at North Memorial Hospital, Dr. West, is the lead author on “Use of a Novel Statewide Public Health Tool to Estimate Miles Driven by Intoxicated Drivers”, which was accepted for publication in JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) Surgery. [ACTION] Sheila & Tara will share the published paper when released!

Community Partner Sharing/ Upcoming Events & Webinars

  • Webinar: Changing Alcohol Use and ER Visits
    • Wednesday, April 10th 1pm
    •  Presented by the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) and Dr. Aaron White
    • Register here
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)
    • June 3-6, 2019, Bemidji, MN
  • Webinar: Mental Illness 101
    • Wednesday, April 10th 11am
    • Register here
  • From Statistics to Solutions
    • Thursday, April 25th 8am-4pm (contact Tara if interested in attending)
    • Hennepin Technical College
  • E-Cigarette Use in Schools: Networking to Share Practical Tips & Tools
    •  Friday, May 3rd 7:30am-10:00am at Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center, Room 233
    • Register here
  • Car Seat Clinics: Click here to learn more! Reach out to Sheila if you would like a printed flier to post. Feel free to share with others!
    • April 23rd 4-7pm at West Metro Fire & Rescue, Crystal
    • June 25th 4-7pm at Maple Grove Fire State II
    • September 21st 10am-1pm at Golden Valley Fire Station
    • November 4th 4-7pm at West Metro Fire & Rescue at New Hope
  • Minnesota Prevention Program Sharing Conference
    • Thursday, October 24th & Friday, October 25th
    • Duluth, Minnesota

Adjourned at 3:32 PM

Next Meeting is: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Maple Grove Government Center, Mayor’s Conference Room

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