May Meeting Minutes

  • LeeAnn Mortensen, North Memorial Health Hospital (Healthcare)
  • Renee Gust, Hennepin Co. Services & Public Health Dept. (State/Local Gov’t)
  • Teresa Lunt (Parent)
  • Jen Holper, PrairieCare (Youth Serving Organization)
  • Randi Ordner, PrairieCare (Youth Serving Organization)
  • Nicole Herlofsky, Fairview Behavioral Services (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Jeff Wigfield, North Memorial Health Hospital (Healthcare)
  • Donny Shope, Anthony Louis Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Camryn Krause Ferris, Joint Community Police Partnership, Crystal (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Miamon Queeglay, Joint Community Police Partnership, Brooklyn Center (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Lorry Day, Life Lines for Youth (Business)
  • Kirk Hughes, Hennepin Regional Poison Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Kjirsten Anderson, ANSR, Regional Prevention Coordinator (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Amber Smith, North Memorial/PFC
Steering Committee Members Not in Attendance
  • Lauren Prnjat, Hennepin Regional Poison Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Krista Brenno, Osseo High School (Schools)
  • Marie Maslowski, North Memorial Health (Healthcare)
  • Shane Mikkelson, Osseo Police Dept. (Law Enforcement)
  • Jessica Wong Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
Welcome & Introductions

Teresa called the meeting to order. Attendees introduced themselves and shared a unique or quirky habit. A motion was made and seconded to approve the March meeting minutes. Motion carried.

Medicine Disposal Boxes Awareness Campaign – Review Proposal

Amber shared Voom Creative’s statement of work for a medicine disposal box awareness campaign. The proposal was put together after LeeAnn and Amber met with Melissa from Voom Creative in April. Partnership for Change has received additional funding for installation and promotion of area disposal boxes. Amber reminded attendees that one of our objectives is:

  • The goal of the Medicine Abuse Prevention Workgroup is to identify and implement strategies to prevent and reduce medicine abuse among youth. The workgroup focuses on (1 of 5 objectives, others you will find on our website):
    • Promote safe disposal of expired or unwanted medications on an on-going basis

The objective of the project is to create a campaign for PFC to create awareness around safely disposing unused medicine and showing where drop boxes are located throughout Hennepin County. The primary audience is parents, guardians, caregivers, and grandparents in Hennepin County. The secondary audiences are North Memorial Clinics, pharmacies, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and community partners such as Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department and North Memorial. Melissa envisions driving traffic to PFC’s website. The homepage will showcase a branded campaign image and message. This will be a clickable image that will launch a new page within the website. Updates will include a list of disposal locations and addition to the information that is currently listed on that page. Voom Creative will create 2 different campaign concepts and present to PFC. The selected concept will be adapted to the following tactics that are recommended for awareness, reach, and visibility: Print advertising, Facebook, PFC’s website, flyers (customized business-to-business and business-to-consumer), and MailChimp (eNewsletter). Cost for entire campaign depends on what tactics and how often. Our current grant, Drug-Free Communities, also has approved carryover funds available dedicated for this project. Coalition attendees briefly discussed where to share the campaign message:

  • Each of us share on social media accounts
  • Church bulletins
  • Funeral services
  • Hospice staff
  • School notices (some now electronic only)
  • Include in mandated information for Death Scene Investigator to share with family
  • Water/utility bills
  • Include in crime prevention materials for National Night Out events

ACTION ITEM: Amber will send updated proposal to steering committee for vote. (As of today, 5/23/18, received updated proposal – Amber will email out.)

National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Jeff Wigfield, PFC’s consultant and North Memorial’s Outpatient Pharmacy Manager, attended the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in April. Jeff shared key takeaways (see slides here). Rx Summit is the largest annual conference addressing the opioid crisis. Jeff shared examples from other states on innovative pharmacy programs to address overuse and abuse. North Memorial is working on integrating MN’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and Epic (electronic health records). Jeff shared details from other states who have successfully integrated the two platforms to help increase use of the PMP. Other things in the works at North Memorial Health: MME’s (morphine milligram equivalents) in Epic, opioid education at discharge and discharge summary, and medication disposal recommendation on discharge summary.

Provider Forum: A panel discussion on Opioids – Recap

The Medicine Abuse Prevention Workgroup collaborated with North Memorial ED and Grand Rounds (provider education events) staff to plan a provider education event surrounding the opioid epidemic. About 65 providers attended the event in April (see slides here). Presenters included: Dr. Bob Levy (Addiction), Dr. Jeff Wigfield (Pharmacy), Dr. Heidi Walz (ED Physician), Dr. Jeffrey Vespa (ED Physician), Dr. Rohaan Mehta (Pain Clinic Physician), and Dr. Kamrun Jenabzadeh (Trauma Surgeon). Next steps include (as well as what Jeff mentioned earlier): continue promoting disposal options to residents and apply for funding to continue provider education opportunities. It was clear that more events such as this need to be offered to providers.

ACTION ITEM: Jeff, Peter Carlson (Community Paramedic Manager), Shannon (PMP staff), and Amber will be meeting in June to discuss a half-day event held at North Memorial Health Hospital.

Marijuana Symposium – Recap

On April 26, Hazelden, Partnership for Change, North Memorial Health, and Partners in Prevention sponsored a sold out marijuana symposium to educate policy makers, community leaders and health care experts about the impact marijuana can have on communities. National speakers discussed the insights and learnings from other states who have already legalized marijuana for recreational use. Experts covered a range of topics, including common marijuana myths, ways legalization has impacted Colorado and the current state of marijuana legalization. We had about 100 attendees (80 on the waiting list) at the marijuana symposium. Positive evaluation was received (yes, Hazelden recycles). See slides and more information here from the event. Next steps include:

  • Forming a marijuana workgroup to educate our decision-makers (first meeting June 5th at 10a, contact Amber if interested) that will monitor local press and write op-eds, continue talking with our communities, and begin coalition building
  • Possibly organize a similar event next year
Community Partner Sharing

Lorry announced that she will be officially retiring this year! She has requested that we keep her on our mailing list but will be stepping down from PFC’s steering committee. Lorry has been involved with PFC since its inception. We wish her well!

Jen shared that Mind Matters is up and running at the science museum. The exhibition, presented by PrairieCare, aims to build a greater understanding of the importance of mental health and create a safe space for important conversations about mental illness. Go check it out! More information here.

Camryn shared that Crystal Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) is co-hosting a community Iftar dinner on Friday, June 1st. This event is focusing on building relationships among people who consider themselves a part of the Crystal/New Hope/Robbsindale communities, but all are welcome! See flyer here for more information.

Adjourned at 4 PM

Next Meeting is: Tuesday, June 12th at 2p at Maple Grove Gov’t Center, Mayor’s Conference Room

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