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Action Team met Thursday, January 11 at Washington County Connections (WCC). Director Holly Thompson called the meeting to order and after introductions, gave her report.
She is still involved with the Healthy Snacks program in Akron and Otis Schools. The program has been going for three years. A Cooking Matters class for childcare providers and those who work with children will be held March 3 in Yuma. Thompson has been busy writing grants.
The Rural Resource Center in Yuma and WCC have job openings. In Yuma they need a bilingual specialist and in Akron, they need an assistant to answer the phones, etc. Tiffany Rogers has been doing that, but she has moved up because she is working with so many different programs. Dental screens will be held in Woodlin, Arickaree and Lone Star Schools in February. They have already been held in Akron and Otis at the schools.
Penny Stumpf from Northeast Colorado Health Department said the new director is Trish McClain.
Stumpf said, “We are still working with schools on healthy nutrition. The WIC program has really grown.”
She was asked if WIC could be held more than once a week in Akron, but said the funding comes from the commissioners and right now they can only fund someone to be in the office once a week. They are also working on oral health and will be holding clinics in Wiggins and will then move to Logan and Morgan Counties.
Director of Akron Head Start, Jen Mehring said they are fully enrolled and fully staffed, although they are looking for a bus driver. They have signed a contract with a registered nurse from Denver and can reach her at any time. They are also going to hold a Dad’s night for the fathers of the kids who attend Head Start.
Rene Gonzalez from Colorado Access said they have been limited to working with two regions, instead of three, and that means they will not be working in northeast Colorado after June 30. A new group, Northeast Partners, is supposed to be taking over in northeastern Colorado starting July 1. Thy have been working with people on Medicaid and those who can benefit from WIC. He said he hopes to get to know the personnel from the new group, so he can let everyone have their information before he has to stop serving in northeast Colorado.
Maria Foy from the Health Department said they are going to have a Communities That Care (CTC) training on January 26. The department is going to partner with Centennial on mental health. They sent out CTC surveys and are going to start compiling the information they received from the surveys and pick the top three problems that were mentioned on the surveys. They will focus on those three groups. Once they finish the report, they will share it with the communities involved.
Sarah Arntt from the Rural Resource Center said she is also working with the CTC program. She has also gone to trainings for a marijuana pilot program where they will host conversations with adults and children so they can start talking about marijuana and they can all give their thoughts on marijuana.
Jeff Appleman from Centennial Area Health Education Center said they are hosting two AmeriCorps workers. All the Sheriff’s Departments in the counties he works with have opened drop boxes for medicines and drugs, except for Washington County. He visited with Undersheriff Robbie Furrow later on Tuesday and they will be working on getting a drop box opened. When that is ready, the Sheriff’s Department will issue a press release. They are hoping to find programs that other AmeriCorps personnel can help with. They have housing available for both of them and one is now working.
Director of the Washington County Green Homes, Brenda Rhea, said they are full and still have a waiting list. They are holding a CNA class now. On February 1, they will host a Cooking Matters class in conjunction with WCC, who does the training. They have a new stone with the name of the facility on it and they will be getting a new flagpole and lights in the near future.
Tiffany Rogers of WCC went to the Akron preschool and read to the students. She also handed out a new book to each child and worked on a craft with them. They will be holding a Nurturing Fathers class soon. She is also working with Margo from Yuma Resource Center on having a health activity learning session. Mobile Pantry has been going very well and they are still holding their coat drive until the end of February, so if you have good used coats, you can take them to WCC and they will give them out.
Jamie Bacon said the Cooking Matters class to be held at the nursing home will run for six weeks. You can still receive utility assistance at WCC, but you need to apply for LEAP at the Department of Human Services first, before you go to WCC. The meetings will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Otis. Their youth group will be providing child care. For more information, call WCC at (970) 345 2225. WCC has applied for a Tablesetters grant and if they receive the grant, some of the funds will be used to purchase school supplies in bulk for parents of school children.
Annie Kuntz, Clerk for the Commissioners, was in attendance, as Commissioner Lea Ann Laybourn was unable to attend. She gave Laybourn’s report, which was already in the paper. They are going to revise some of the fees at the landfill. Laybourn was appointed chairman of the commissioners at the reorganizational meeting held January 9. The commissioners have switched public comment time at their meetings, which are held on Tuesdays.
Superintendent of Otis Schools, Kendra Anderson, said, “I want to thank you for holding these meetings. It gives me information on who I can contact for the different problems we might have. To know what is going on, I encourage everyone to read the school board report that is always in the paper. At a meeting for superintendents from all over the state, we have sent up legislation to modernize the School Finance Act and we will be trying to get a bill into the legislature and get it passed. Otis now has 243 students, which is over 50 more than we had six years ago. A lot of the kids are at the poverty level. I am also still concerned about mental health care for our children.”
There was a question about the Healthy Child Clinic. WCC used to organize them, but now they will be held by the Health Department. WCC will oversee each clinic and they will continue to be held. They are going to talk to the commissioners to see if they can still use the clinic for the clinics. If not, they will check with the Foursquare Church.