Genesee County Prevention Coalition Newsletter
November 2020

GCPC November 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. **
 
November Meeting Schedule 

GCPC 5th Annual Virtual Meeting 

Tuesday, November 10th 
Morning Meeting 8:30am - 10:00am via Zoom
Evening Meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm via Zoom

This year you have the choice to attend either our morning meeting or evening meeting events or both! For each meeting there is a separate registration link that must be completed prior to receiving the Zoom meeting link. 

If you have any questions, please email akeller@thegcpc.org for assistance or call our office at 810-285-9047.

Part 1: Morning Community Partner Meeting 8:30am - 10:00am via Zoom
Meeting Highlights: 
  • GCPC FY 20 Year in Review
  • Community Norms Data Presentation  
  • 2020 Partners in Prevention Awards 
  • GCPC 2021 Board of Directors 
  • Introduction to the Positive Community Norms approach and the Montana Institute
Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Part 2: Evening Community Engagement Meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm via Zoom
Meeting Highlights:
Developing a Positive Community Norms Approach for Genesee County

Presenters: Heather Schjenken and Nick Adams from the Montana Institute 

Join us to learn about how we can improve health and safety in your community with Positive Community Norms (PCN), an approach that promotes protective factors, increases healthy norms, and changes community cultures on issues including substance use, traffic safety, child maltreatment, youth suicide, and more. PCN will be used to help the GCPC design and implement powerful communications campaigns that shift perceptions, attitudes and behaviors. This presentation will lay the foundation for a series of trainings that will be offered in 2021 designed to engage youth and adults in promoting positive community norms.

Register in advance for this meeting:


  • Prescription Drug Workgroup: Tuesday, November, 17, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Underage Drinking Workgroup: Tuesday, November 24, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*

*If you would like to join a workgroup Zoom meeting and are not currently a member of a workgroup, please contact Andrea Keller at akeller@theGCPC.org to be added to the email distribution list.

DEA and USPS unveil Drug Free USA Forever stamp
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration's Acting Administrator Timothy Shea welcomed U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, and National Family Partnership President Peggy Sapp for the unveiling of the Drug Free USA Forever stamp at DEA headquarters today. The stamp promotes drug abuse prevention and helps raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse.

"It's our hope that the Drug Free USA stamp will help publicize the dangers of illicit drug use and to promote drug abuse prevention," said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. "Millions of Americans have had their lives hijacked by the impact of addiction. Families are destroyed and communities are disrupted. We can measure the cost to society in the billions, but we cannot measure the grief and the despair. To fully address this problem requires a unified effort at every level of the community, and with this stamp, the Postal Service is proud to join the Drug Enforcement Administration and many other federal, state and local partners' commitment to a Drug Free USA."

News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #DrugFreeStamp

 
The Great American Smokeout®
 
Quitting smoking isn't easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don't have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on the third Thursday in November be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You'll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk. Plus, the American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit.

About 32.4 million American adults still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. And more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. 

While the rates of cigarette smoking have declined over the past several decades, from 42% in 1965 to 13.7% in 2019, the gains have been inconsistent. Some groups smoke more heavily or at higher rates and suffer disproportionately from smoking-related cancer and other diseases. These populations tend to be those who experience inequities in multiple areas of their lives, including those at lower socioeconomic levels, those without college degrees, American Indians/Alaska natives, African American/Black communities, LGBTQ communities, those in the military, those with behavioral health conditions, and others. 
No matter your age or how long you've been smoking, quitting improves health both immediately and over the long term. Giving up smoking is a journey, and it can be hard, but you can increase your chances of success with a good plan and support. Getting help through counseling and medications doubles or even triples your chances of quitting successfully. 

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