May 2015
SAFE Member News

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May Events



12th-13th- IPFS Training

19th- SAFE meeting

7th-14th OTC Curriculum

11th-13th Littering Project

For a listing of all YLC meeting dates/times please visit the YLC website for more information:


       YLC Calendar  


             YLC Activities  

YLC members have been active during the Month of April completing Alcohol Awareness Month activities. Both Van Buren and Harmony took part in many activities to bring awareness to the dangers of underage drinking.

Alcohol Awareness Month Activities at Van Buren High School included peer teaching, cups in a fence, lunch scavenger hunt activity, sticker shock, a display case and media releases.


Both Harmony High School and Junior High students completed Alcohol awareness Month activities that included; Sticker Shock, Peer Teaching and an Awareness Walk!





YLC members took their bi-annual trip to Adventureland on May 2nd. Adventureland designates this weekend as a Substance Abuse Free weekend and offers groups and organizations discounted tickets to attend! There were 46 students from both Van Buren and Harmony that enjoyed the trip!


YLC members will be holding their final meetings of the school year during May. There are still a few activities and events they will be taking part in over the next month and during the summer. They include:

*7th grade- littering project- May 11th-15th

*ISTEP Summit- June 26th

*Safe and Healthy Kids Fair- July 28th

* CADCA NYLI Training- August 3rd-6th





To learn more about YLC or these events you can check out the

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Flicker Account 

More information on YLC activities can be found on the YLC website!

Training Opportunities
Upcoming Training Opportunities Include:
IPFS Training
May 12-13th 
Des Moines, IA

ISTEP Summit
June 26th 
Fairfield, IA
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Upcoming Coalition Travel Includes: 



IPFS Training
May 12-13th, 2015
Des Moines, IA

Heidi Bainbridge, Kris Rankin & Lydia Heald

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OTC Curriculum




The Van Buren Community SAFE Coalition along with the Van Buren County Hospital and Thomas Pharmacy are providing education to all 5th and 6th grade students at the Van Buren Elementary on the dangers of prescription and over the counter medications.


Through a partnership with Scholastic, CADCA and McNeil the SAFE Coalition was able to receive the materials and curriculum to train all 5th and 6th grade students in the district. This curriculum has four 30 minute lessons to engage the students in discussions about the dangers of prescription medications.


Lesson 1- All About Medicine

Lesson 2- Reading and Understanding the Drug Facts Label

Lesson 3- Medicine Measuring Tools and Storage

Lesson 4- Medicines and Misuse


Each lesson is online, interactive and encourages the students to get involved in the activities. The lessons will be taught by their classroom teachers as well as members of the community. Larry Thomas- pharmacist at Thomas Pharmacy, Dr. Tim Blair with Van Buren County Hospital and Heidi Bainnbridge with the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition will all be guest presenters.


Students will receive take-home information to share with their families about the information that they learn during each lesson.


The SAFE Coalition is concerned about the rising numbers of prescription  and OTC drug abuse in the nation and wants to ensure that students in the local districts are being educated on the dangers of prescription and over the counter medications.


For more information on the curriculum or about the SAFE Coalition please contact the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or email at or check out the website at or on Facebook.  

Merchant Trainings
Merchant Trainings were held during the Month of April there were 16 participants trained from 5 businesses and one special event. The next merchant training will be held in April for any business in the county who has employees who need to be trained.
June Trainings are scheduled for:
June 16th- 6pm
June 17th- 9am

The June trainings will be held at the Roberts Building in Keosauqua. RSVP is required for all training please call 319-293-6412 or email

Just a reminder to businesses: The coalition recommends three steps for training employees:
1) Orientation DVD (provided by the coalition)
2) VB SAFE Merchant Training
3) IPACT ABD Training (ABD Online)
For assistance with this process you may contact the coalition at the number or email above.  
Iowa Partnership For Success Funds
The IPFS (Iowa Partnership For Success) Grant began in February. The contract has been finalized and signed off by both parties. Year one of the grant is focused on community assessment and capacity building. The team received the deliverables for the assesment portion of the project this month. By June 30th a Community Assessment Workbook and Tri-Ethic Community Readiness Survey need to be completed. Staff have already started work on this and will engage the coalition at the May meeting.

The Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Survey requires the coalition to complete 12 interviews with members of the community to gauge their readiness to address the issue of underage drinking. Staff will be looking for volunteers to conduct these interviews as they would like for them to not be completed by the project coordinator. If you are interested in assisting with these interviews please contact the coalition office.

Both Kris Rankin, project coordinator and Heidi Bainbridge, Project Supervisor, will be attending a required training on May 12th and 13th along with coalition member Lydia Heald. Lydia will be serving in a young adult role to help the coalition better understand the 18-20 year old target population.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the SAFE Coalition, Iowa Department of Public Health and SIEDA Substance Abuse Agency to ensure that all parties were aware of the requirements of the funding and would work together throughout the duration of the project.

There will be one slight budget revision made for this project, we were notified that the NPN conference that is budgeted will not occur until next fiscal year so $2,395 dollars will need to be moved from travel to community focus groups to help gather more assessment data about the community. A copy of the final budget, including projections for year two have been included in the board packet for your review.

For more information on the Partnership for Success funds you may contact the coalition office at 319-293-6412 or via email at  


Van Buren County SAFE Coalition - 405 4th St  -  Keosauqua, Iowa 52565