March Meeting Minutes

  • Kjirsten Anderson, Regional Prevention Coordinator (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Linda Bosma, Bosma Consulting – coalition evaluator (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Renee Gust, Hennepin Co. Services & Public Health Dept. (State/Local Gov’t)
  • Tara Helm, North Memorial/ PFC (Healthcare)
  • Camryn Krause Ferris, Joint Community Police Partnership, Crystal (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Teresa Lunt (Parent)
  • LeeAnn Mortensen, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundations (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Sheila Nesbitt, North Memorial Health (Healthcare)
  • Alyssa Nyberg, Fairview Behavioral Services (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Randi Ordner, Prairie Care (Youth Serving Organization)
  • Miamon Queeglay, Brooklyn Center Schools (Schools)
Steering Committee Members Not in Attendance
  • Krista Brenno, Osseo High School (Schools)
  • Marie Maslowski, Maple Grove Hospital (Healthcare)
  • Shane Mikkelson, Osseo Police Dept. (Law Enforcement)
  • Lauren Prnjat, Hennepin County Regional Poison Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
Welcome & Introductions

LeeAnn Mortensen, the PFC chair, started the meeting. For the icebreaker activity, attendees teamed up with a partner and found something they both had in common. Participants re-grouped and introduced their partner to everyone. The January minutes were approved with a correction to note that the location was at Maple Grove Government Center.

CADCA Debrief

Tara, Camryn and Chief Mikkelson attended this year’s CADCA’s Leadership Forum in Washington D.C.

Camryn and Tara both attended the CADCA Captiol Hill Day. They met with the legislative health staffers from Representative Dean Phillip’s office, as well as staffers from Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Tina Smith’s offices. They joined other Minnesota coalitions, RAPAD (Renville Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drugs) and Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition during the Capitol Hill day events.

Tara attended a few breakout sessions on marijuana, one specifically on the SAMHSA’s Prevention day, presented by a SAMHSA Toxicologist and a DEA Agent who worked in California in a position that was responsible for eradicating large grow operations. He gave several perspectives of how marijuana legalization has harmed communities. They discussed data that demonstrates a correlation between increased use of marijuana with increased vehicular traffic crashes and other societal unintended consequences a result of legalization. Another session by the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) discussed the *history of alcohol regulation, drawing comparisons to marijuana. Mary Segawa, a public health education liaison, from *Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board spoke about the effect of legalized marijuana in the state of Washington, comparing it to an onion, in which they keep unpeeling layers, figuring out how to regulate it and the consequences as things arise, and the initiative to use alcohol and tobacco regulations as a model in their state. The major takeaway was to balance interests, infuse self in conversations or it will be driven by one agenda.

Camryn discussed a session she attended that discussed the *cocaine/methamphetamine, quiet epidemic. These drugs may cause changes that are irreversible and cause the abstinent patient to appear as if they have a psychiatric disease, blunt force trauma vs. meth. The prevalence of meth use is second to that of marijuana abuse. Meth use is on the rise in the US again. Currently, there are no approved medications to assist methamphetamine addiction treatment. Camryn stated that Crystal PD is currently looking at what role they play in prison re-entry programs, looking at forming partnerships with other community partners through the lens of treatment and prevention.

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Tara shared an email from Chief Mikkelson, who could not make it to the meeting: “To be honest, I believe this conference confirmed to me that our coalition is ahead of the times. We have common practices in our current culture in our area that the speakers were talking about as emerging trends. SHO/Compliance checks/POLD/Underage Stings. I believe that the marijuana debate is so important with all the factors that other states are seeing and have documented. I was sitting in the crowd listening to the speakers and found myself proud to be a part of our group and what we have done together.”

Police Chiefs Meeting Update

The meeting was held Monday, February 25th. The luncheon was used as a way to review the coalition’s key strategies and determine the level of support and action steps within each city. Participation at the meeting was limited to Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs, the PFC chair and staff. All 9 PFC cities attended with the exception of Plymouth Chief Goldstein, who was ill. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office also sent a representative. The Chiefs/ Deputy Chiefs used this as an opportunity to share what is working well for their cities in terms of our strategies and what areas we should focus on this year. There was some interest in adding medicine disposal boxes at police departments that do not yet have one, including Crystal, New Hope and Brooklyn Park. Tara has been in contact with Hennepin County Environment & Energy Department, Senior Environmentalist Ryan Gastecki. Meetings have been set up to meet to discuss next steps with Crystal PD & Brooklyn Park PD. A Perrigo grant opportunity is available again this year to assist with funding any new disposal boxes. Some cities also expressed interest in expanding their social host ordinance, which provide a consistent message to youth and can be used as another tool for departments. Many Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs expressed concern regarding recreational marijuana legalization. Sheila mentioned that some cities are reserved in speaking out.

Some Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs discussed their concern for marginalizing members of their community, while trying to balance positive relationships between law enforcement and community members. Teresa discussed the marijuana forum that was held last spring, in partnership for Hazelden, in which they brought in Will Jones, Communications and Outreach Association for the National Smart Approaches to Marijuana, who spoke about the racial disparities. Plymouth Chief Goldstein hopes PFC can provide public education to all of our communities, due to the misunderstanding on this topic. We will explore avenues to host community conversations and present to city councils. Teresa voiced how PFC has strong relationships with our school districts, who may be willing to open their auditoriums for our use and help with publications to families about the harms of marijuana. POLD was also discussed—most of the PFC departments are still using this as a tool. Linda Bosma, the coalition’s evaluator, brought some previous social host ordinance data, prescription drug use/perceived risk of harm, and marijuana use/perceived risk of harm to aid in our conversations related to these topics.

North Memorial Health Trauma Registry Data

The research coordinator, Barb Cullen, and registrars in the trauma service department helped prepare trauma registry data. In 2007, staff members from the trauma department at North Memorial Health noticed a developing trend in the number of young patients being seen at the hospital with alcohol-related injuries. Not only was the number of patients increasing, so was the average blood alcohol content level of these patients. More injured kids had been drinking alcohol than ever before and the average BAC for patients age 18 and young was 0.12. Teresa often cites this data when giving the history of PFC so we wanted to see if we could look at the data over time from 2005 to now, and see if there was a correlation between the work of the coalition over the last decade to change in BAC levels reported in the trauma services department. Leading into 2008, there was a large increase in average BAL, consistent with the data seen previously a decade ago when the coalition got started. The averages are volatile over the decade, but the good news is that our numbers of youth in the PFC region who test positive for alcohol are fairly small, when comparing non-PFC zip codes to PFC zip codes or patients. Since 2010, we have seen a steadily decreasing average BAL among underage youth who were binge drinking. [ACTION] Sheila & Tara are checking to see if we can distribute the NMH data to our partners and others who may be interested.

Following Sheila presenting the trauma data and giving background on the reason why PFC got started, Tara led the group into a reflection activity to discuss the reason why they members are engaged with PFC. Dr. Jeff Linkenbach of the Montana Institute uses a framework to describe the cycle that facilitates change and transformation. Four core elements—Spirit, Science, and Action, plus the action of Return—make up the process of the Science of the Positive. It’s important for us to focus on our purpose and share this amongst one another. With clear understanding of our purpose or Spirit, we can engage meaningful Action. Attendees took a couple minutes to reflect upon their Spirit—the “Why?” behind the process. The “energy-giving, positive, hopeful” purpose that guides our values and is the reason we show up, the reason we are members of the coalition, and the reason why members are passionate about substance misuse prevention efforts. Those willing shared their Spirit with the group.

Prescription Drug Takeback Day

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. Tara asked members if PFC would be interested in collaborating with Hy-Vee. Historically, PFC has focused their efforts on installing permanent boxes at police departments, which are more sustainable over time. With the National DEA Take Back Day event, these are often more publicized by the media and would be an opportunity for the coalition to gain a potential partner in the future. Members present agreed that would be a good opportunity for the coalition. Robbinsdale PD is currently unable to commit staff for collection and destruction. Camryn suggested that a partnership between Crystal PD, New Hope PD and Robbinsdale PD may be a way to coordinate efforts for this event and suggested reaching out to Captain Patrick Foley at Robbinsdale PD. [ACTION] Tara will reach out to Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office about partnering with us for the event. She will also discuss options with Robbinsdale PD again. More details to come as they arise. Coalition members may be needed on the day of the event. Save the date: Saturday, April 27th ~10am-2pm

E-Cigarette Use in Schools: Networking Event

Hennepin County has received numerous requests from schools on the strategies, policies and procedures for curbing e-cigarette use in schools. In partnership with Hennepin County, Hopkins One Voice Coalition, Tonka Cares Coalition, Partners in Prevention Coalition and PFC, we are planning a networking session for Hennepin County school districts to share tips and tools for addressing e-cigarette use in schools.

Click here for the flyer & to register for this event!

  • Networking Areas
    • Trends, successful strategies, challenges
    • Policy, practices & consequences to curb use in schools
    • Effective monitoring strategies
    • Staff training tools to create awareness & define roles/responsibilities
    • Explore resources: e-cigarette products displays, toolkits, cessation resources, curriculum options
  • Who should attend?
    • School administrators, student behavior staff, chemical health specialists, social workers, counselors, resource officers
  • Friday, May 3, 2019 from 7:30am to 9:30am
    • Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center, Room 233, 1001 Hwy 7, Hopkins, MN 55305
    • No fee, registration requested
    • Light breakfast & coffee provided

[ACTION] Tara will distribute the flyer & sign-in information when she receives it from Hennepin County. [ACTION] All members should distribute to any partners, colleagues, school staff that may be interested in attending.

Coalition Functioning Survey

Linda briefly discussed the coalition functioning survey that we use every year to see how the coalition is working. She stated that since this is the last year the coalition has federal funding, we may want to look at exploring some other questions for the survey that look more at sustainability planning options, such as next steps, visioning or future grant writing opportunities. The functioning elements of the survey are less helpful at this point. Members determined that it may be helpful to have questions related to impact of the coalition on the community, leadership from North Memorial Health, and what aspects would be missing if the coalition dissolved. The survey is estimated to be distributed in late April or May.

Community Partner Sharing/ Upcoming Events & Webinars
  • Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23)
    • Lauren Prnjat shared that anyone is welcome to order free magnets, stickers or brochures off the Poison Control website. If you have any questions or would like bigger giveaway items (tote bags, pens, etc.), feel free to email Lauren (lauren.prnjat@hcmed.org)
  • North Memorial Health, Community Health Needs Assessment, Focus Group
    • Thursday, March 14th 6-8Pm at New Home YMCA (sign-up required)
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)
    • March 25-28, 2019, Bloomington, MN
    • June 3-6, 2019, Bemidji, MN
  • Webinar: SAMHSA: Improving Opioid Misuse Prevention Literacy between Older Adults and Health Care Providers
    • Thursday, March 28 1-2:30pm
    • Register here
  • Parenting in Recovery Training
    • Thursday, April 4th 9am-4pm & Friday, April 5th 9am-12:30pm
    • Wayzata, MN
    • Cost $99, 9 CE Credit (contact Tara if interested in attending)
    • facilitated by the Fatherhood Project, a collaboration between Harvard Medical School & Mass General Hospital
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 3rd 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
    • Call for Presenters! Program Sharing Application (Submit your application by Friday, March 29th!)

Adjourned at 4:02 PM

Next Meeting is: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Maple Grove Government Center, Mayor’s Conference Room

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