May Meeting Minutes

  • Jessica Bigirindavyi, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (Law Enforcement)
  • Tara Helm, North Memorial/ PFC (Healthcare)
  • Jeff Lunde, Brooklyn Park Mayor (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Teresa Lunt (Parent)
  • Eric Nelson, Brooklyn Park Police Department (Law Enforcement)
  • Sheila Nesbitt, North Memorial Health (Healthcare)
  • Alyssa Nyberg, M Health Fairview Behavioral Sciences (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
Steering Committee Members Not in Attendance
  • Camryn Krause Ferris, Joint Community Police Partnership, Crystal (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Marie Maslowski, Maple Grove Hospital (Healthcare)
  • Shane Mikkelson, Osseo Police Department (Law Enforcement)
  • LeeAnn Mortensen, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundations (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Lauren Prnjat, Hennepin County Regional Poison Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
Welcome and Introductions

In LeeAnn’s absence, Teresa called the meeting to order. Attendees introduced themselves and shared with the group a summer activity or vacation they are looking forward to the most this year. The April meeting minutes were approved with a correction to note that Alyssa Nyberg’s organization should be updated to ‘M Health Fairview’.

Medicine Abuse Prevention–Prescriber Event

Tara discussed with the group the need to have the Medicine Abuse Prevention Workgroup (MAPW) start meeting again regularly. Tara handed out the objectives of the workgroup, based on the goals, objectives and strategies of the coalition’s action plan. Several of the activities listed are ongoing, such as working with local law enforcement on getting new disposal boxes and promoting safe disposal of unwanted medications. Members present reviewed the objectives. Teresa asked about what work is being done to collect leftover medications at the end of the school year. Sheila and Teresa shared the history of working with schools to ensure these items were properly disposed of by staff personnel and/or law enforcement. [ACTION] Tara will reach out to local law enforcement to see if they are able to collect unused school medications and Teresa will reach out to her contact on the Osseo School Board.

One of the strategies listed is to encourage providers to participate in the MN Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). We recently submitted a grant application through Perrigo for funding to help support these efforts and plan on using some of the funds to host another prescriber event, which has been done in the past in October 2016, April 2018 and August 2018. During the October 2016 prescriber event, law enforcement and medical personal gathered to discuss prevention activities and the Minnesota PMP. During the April 2018 prescriber event, 65 providers attended as a collaboration between MAPW, North Memorial ED, and Grand Rounds staff that assists with continuing medical education (CME) credits. Providing education to providers and pharmacists improves coordination of care and reduces misuse of prescription drugs. Tara has been in contact with North Memorial Health’s Pharmacy Outpatient Manager, Jeff Wigfield. Jeff has shared with Tara that within the next couple months, Epic will be integrated with the MN PMP so including education and promotion of this new function as part of the event would be helpful for prescribers and pharmacists. Alyssa shared that Fairview also uses Epic so allowing additional health systems to be involved would be best. [ACTION] Please email Tara if you would like to assist planning the prescriber event and joining MAPW. Tara will update you as more information becomes available on the prescriber event.

Brooklyn Park “State of the Community” Address

Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeff Lunde joined us to give a “State of the Community” Address. Instead of giving a presentation to the city, he emphasized how this year, they decided to meet with 32 different community groups about where the city and community is and where residents would like to see it go. He wanted an opportunity to focus on people who live and work in the community. City boundaries are not community boundaries, which is why he came to our coalition meeting in Maple Grove. He gave an overview on how Brooklyn Park is focused on age-friendly communities that incorporate mental health services, dementia care and affordable housing. One of the ways they are connecting with residents is by providing welcome bags to individuals and families in rental units, the same welcome bag that is provided to single family homes. He said many people live in rental units and they should have the same welcome and same connection to city services that people who own their properties do. [ACTION] Tara will follow-up with Mayor Lunde to see if some of our coalition resources could be provided in these welcome bags to residents.

Mayor Lunde then described to attendees how Brooklyn Park is addressing youth alcohol and drug use. Historically, they have focused on education initiatives, such as DARE programs. Teresa described how our coalition focuses on evidence-based strategies and policy-level changes to reduce substance use in youth, discussing a few examples, such as enhancing access to medicine disposal boxes and expanding Social Host Ordinances to include marijuana and other controlled substances. She highlighted that we need to focus on increasing the perception of harm of marijuana. One of the ways our coalition has been successful is by altering city zoning ordinances to restrict dispensaries from opening, which was done in Maple Grove. Teresa stated that we have model language available, which we can provide to other interested cities and we can also attend city council meetings to educate local policymakers. Mayor Lunde stressed how local control matters and he would like additional information from our coalition. [ACTION] Tara will follow-up with Mayor Lunde on our coalition strategies, model language from other cities, and other ways we can collaborate.

Looking Ahead–Action Items for 2019

Tara handed out a logic model of our coalition strategies, activities, and outcomes. Members took time to review what we work on and asked members to look ahead through the end of this year. Teresa discussed how impactful it may be on the communities we serve to host a meeting among the nine city mayors in our region, similar to our Chief of Police meeting. [ACTION] Sheila & Tara will discuss more about hosting an event like this with the mayors, and the feasibility of getting mayors to attend.

Coalition Functioning Survey

Our coalition evaluator, Linda Bosma, sent the coalition’s yearly survey for members last week on Monday, May 6th. All members are strongly encouraged to complete the survey! We value your opinion and it helps us meet our evaluation requirement as a Drug Free Community Coalition, provides an overall picture of member engagement and gives you an opportunity to anonymously provide input about the coalition’s efforts! (If you did not receive the email from Linda, check your junk folder or send an email to Tara to get a link from Linda.) As of Monday, May 13th, we had 34 responses! [ACTION] Please complete the survey by Friday, May 17th!

Community Partner Sharing

Upcoming Events & Trainings

safeTalk: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
• Thursday, May 16, 2019, New Hope YMCA, 1-4pm

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)
• June 3-6, 2019, Bemidji, MN
Ethics in Prevention Training
• June 7, 2019, Bemidji, MN

Hennepin County Public Hearing on the Proposed Revisions to Ordinance 21
• Tuesday, June 11th 1:30pm Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, 24th floor (County Board Room)

2019 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health: Marijuana, E-Cigarette & Opioids among Adolescents: Navigating the Now
• Monday, July 29, 2019 to Wednesday, July 31, 2019; 8am-4:30pm
• Midpointe Event Center, 415 Pascal Street North, St. Paul, MN 55104
• Who should attend? All who work with parents & young people—teachers, counselors, school nurses, social workers, mentors, coaches, public health nurses, health educators, school district directors, physicians, religious leaders, law enforcement, policy makers, youth advocates.
• If interested in attending, contact Tara—the coalition has funding for members to attend & we really mean it! Please let her know by June 20th so we can get the early-bird registration price.

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!
• 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

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