November Meeting Minutes

  • Kjirsten Anderson, ANSR, Regional Prevention Coordinator (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Renee Gust, Hennepin Co. Services & Public Health Dept. (State/Local Gov’t)
  • Tara Helm, North Memorial/ PFC
  • Nicole Herlofsky, Fairview Behavioral Services (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Teresa Lunt (Parent)
  • Alyssa Nyberg, Fairview Behavioral Services (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Randi Ordner, PrairieCare (Youth Serving Organization)
  • Grant Smith, Maple Grove Police Department (Law Enforcement)
Steering Committee Members Not in Attendance
  • Krista Brenno, Osseo High School (Schools)
  • Jen Holper, PrairieCare (Youth Serving Organization)
  • Marie Maslowski, North Memorial Health (Healthcare)
  • Shane Mikkelson, Osseo Police Dept. (Law Enforcement)
  • Lauren Prnjat, Hennepin Regional Poison Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Jessica Wong, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
Welcome & Introductions

Teresa called the meeting to order. Attendees introduced themselves and shared a favorite Thanksgiving dish.

A motion was made and seconded to approve the October meeting minutes. Motion carried.

The September meeting minutes will be approved at the December meeting.

Committee Overview

The SAMMn (Smart Approaches to Marijuana in Minnesota) group has been working hard to gain some momentum in the state. Teresa and Tara gave an overview of the meeting, which was held just prior to this meeting at 1pm, with updates on local conversations they recently had with elected officials, including Representative Mike Freiburg and New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken. Teresa asked Kjirsten if she had access to or had examples of possible zoning language that could be used in other cities. [ACTION]: Kjirsten will reach out to the Public Health Law Center to see if there is anyone able to help with this or to direct us.

Local Advocacy

Tara gave a brief overview of the importance of including advocacy in our work with the coalition to influence decision makers and push forward agendas to impact public policies.

According to the PFC Action Plan for Year 10, the two overarching goals include:

  • Goal 1. Increase community collaboration; and
  • Goal 2. Reduce Youth Substance Use.

Under these goals, we can use advocacy to push forward our work for this year.

Advocacy is a tool that can be used to pull forward an agenda and have an impact on public policies. Engaging in advocacy helps to solve problems, strengthen and empower to address immediate problems and enact changeover time, and promotes democracy by engaging and participating in decision-making processes about policies and programs.

Members were encouraged to seek out legislators, get to know them, and educate them about the work we do.

Teresa recently learned about the legislative breakfast from Mayor Hempken, which brings together local legislators from six cities in the area, which will be held in January 2019. [ACTION]: Tara will contact Anne Norris, City Manager of Crystal about getting on the agenda or having a booth set-up to raise concerns about legalization of marijuana in the state.

Recruitment Brainstorm & Steering Committee Overview

Nicole Herlofsky will be moving into a different role with Fairview so this will be her last coalition meeting. Thank you for your time and effort with the coalition, we wish you the best in your new position, Nicole! Nicole brought Alyssa Nyberg with her to the meeting, who will be replacing her on the coalition going forward. Welcome Alyssa! Alyssa accepts the position on the Steering Committee as appointed by the agency that she represents, according to the bylaws.

Members had the opportunity to brainstorm, while thinking in terms of advocacy, different ways to bring together people from their place of work or personal lives to mobilize people on a united front and to influence decisions that are being made in the community, regarding policy work. Additionally, members were asked how we can get more representation from other sectors. Reviewing the current steering committee leadership, there has been little to no representation from the youth, parent, business community, religious or fraternal organizations, and media sectors recently. Attendees were asked to brainstorm ways we can work to engage others to be involved in our work. Possible ideas included reaching out to the faith community—possibly hosting a faith forum again, which was done a few years ago; reach out to local chamber of commerces, local newspapers (SunPost), newsletters, CCX media to cover events. Nicole suggested reaching out to the schools, Robbinsdale recently hired a CD counselor, and she has a relative who was elected as the Anoka County Commissioner. [ACTION]: Nicole will send this information to Tara, and Tara will contact them. Grant suggested reaching out to other police liaisons to get in contact with the youth police explorer groups. [ACTION]: Grant will contact the Maple Grove Police Explorers Advisors to see what they have on their agenda in the next couple weeks. He will let Tara know if we can be added to the agenda to give an overview of PFC and to ask for youth to become members of the coalition. The MG Police Explorers meet every Monday at the Maple Grove Government Center from 6-8PM. Tara and Teresa are willing to present to the group.

2019 Meeting Dates

Meetings will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 2-4PM. The first 6 months of the year (January to June) will be at Maple Grove Government Center in the Mayor’s Conference Room, and the second 6 months of the year (July to December) will be at Osseo City Hall in Community Room B.

Save these dates for 2019!

  • January 8, 2019 Maple Grove Government Center, Mayor’s Conference Room, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove
  • February 12, 2019
  • March 12, 2019
  • April 9, 2019
  • May 14, 2019
  • June 11, 2019
  • July 9, 2019 Osseo City Hall, Community Room B, 415 Central Ave #1, Osseo, MN 55369
  • August 13, 2019
  • September 10, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • December 10, 2019
Community Partner Sharing
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (Rochester, MN on December 3-6, 2018 & Bloomington, MN on March 25-28, 2019). Two upcoming Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training will occur in Rochester and Bloomington. Kjirsten mentioned that if there are not enough attendees for the Rochester training, the event will be cancelled.
  • Advocacy Training for the Non-Policy Wonk scheduled January 18 from 9am-12pm in St. Paul, MN, set-up by the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits. $45 for non-members, $30 for MCN members.
  • National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA’s Prevention Day in National Harbor, Maryland on February 3-7, 2019

Contact Tara if you are interested in attending any of these trainings!

Adjourned at 3 PM

Next Meeting is: Tuesday, December 11 at 2 PM at Osseo City Hall, Community Room B, 415 Central Ave #1

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