Genesee County Prevention Coalition Newsletter
August 2020

GCPC August News & Updates

In response to the ongoing circumstances related to  COVID-19 the GCPC will maintain regular office hours Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. If you need assistance outside of these hours, please call 810-285-9047 to make arrangements. Our primary goal is to continue to maintain prevention services and resources to our community. Please reach out to us if we can be of assistance in providing information and support for addressing substance use and mental health concerns during this difficult time.
** All meetings will be held online through Zoom until further notice. Workgroup members will receive a meeting notification with the Zoom link. **
August Meeting Schedule 

  • GCPC Community Partner Meeting Tuesday, August 11, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.  
You must register in advance for this meeting - click on the link below to register:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Prescription Drug Workgroup meets Tuesday, August 18, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Underage Drinking Workgroup meets Tuesday, August 25, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Marijuana/Vaping Awareness Workgroup meets Tuesday, Sept. 1, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30am* 

*If you would like to join a workgroup Zoom meeting and are not currently a member of a workgroup, please contact the following staff to be added to the distribution list.
Prescription Drug Workgroup: Lisa -
Underage Drinking Workgroup: Emily -
Marijuana/Vaping Workgroup: Kelly -

Sleep and Alcohol Use in Women
Sleep disturbance is common among individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Insomnia not only is a pathway toward alcohol consumption but also is related to increased risk of relapse, psycho social impairment, decreased quality of life, and suicidal ideation in individuals with AUD.

Sleep disturbance can serve as a pathway to increased alcohol use because alcohol can be used as a sleep aid to reduce time to sleep onset. Women are increasingly consuming alcohol at an earlier age and at higher rates, and the effect of alcohol on women's mental and physical health is expected to rise. 

Read the full article here

Prevention Prepared Communities Training

Prevention Prepared Communities (PPC) operate as systems of prevention in communities across the United States. PPC involve creating communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, and workplaces take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance abuse, and suicide. The PPC training is predicated on provider agencies role and responsibility in producing outcomes (systems, behavioral, and process outcomes) for the individuals and communities they serve. This training provides them the capacity to do so.

The Prevention Prepared Communities training's have been moved to a virtual format and will qualify as "face-to-face (in-person) education" for Social Work and MCBAP!

Registration: You must register through CMHA first, and then register in Zoom with the SAME email address. You will receive a CMHA confirmation email with the link to Register in ZOOM. The Zoom confirmation will contain the link to access the training.
Is Your Story Making You Sick? - Virtual Screening 
The GCPC is partnering with Serenity House of Flint, Genesee Health System and New Paths, Inc. to bring our community a screening of the documentary       
Is Your Story Making You Sick? from Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Director Frances Causey. 

The virtual screening will launch Friday, August 28th and will remain open for viewing until Friday, September 4th.  There will also be a Q/A session with the film's director, a participant who was featured in the film and Tara Moreno-Wallen, Executive Director, Serenity House of Flint on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Click here to register!

Is Your Story Making You Sick? shows how people can rewrite the toxic stories they tell themselves. The film reveals how individuals battling addiction, trauma, and depression can change their stories and transcend their pain.
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