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Monthly News & Updates!

July 2022

Russell Theatre Presents: 

The First Day

Chris Herren’s The First Day video – substance abuse prevention that also touches on other issues such as alcoholism, self-harm, bullying, peer pressure, and the insecurities that often lead to the “first day” of drug or alcohol use.

Shown the week of April 25th to 550 students of Mason County, Augusta, and St. Patrick’s high school, there will also be plans for a community viewing and plan to have more.

Partnered with the Russell Theatre, Regional Prevention Center of Comprehend Inc., and New Hope Community Services. Viewings were funded by grant money through the Buffalo Trace ASAP board.

The idea is to help young people better identify and understand negative emotions that lead to the first day. The presenter’s message is that we often focus on the worst day when looking at addiction and forget where it all started (the first day). The video speaks to students, teachers, coaches, parents, etc., and challenges us all to do better and to be better. 


NARCAN Training

Buffalo Trace District Health Department along with other community partners offered a Narcan training/dispensing – May 24th at Station 2 (community liaison office) from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The presenter and trainer were Denese Fulton who partnered with Regional Prevention Center. Around 30 people were in attendance and each attendee was given a Narcan kit and certificate of completion at the end. Others who attended and said a few words were Officer Chris Neal and Detective Ryan Hull. The training was very well received and Denese did a fantastic job!

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Car Seat Safety Tips

  1. Buying the right car seat. Your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible until 2 or more years, according to the upper limits of the child restraint. When your child has outgrown that seat, you are ready for a forward-facing car seat. Get more details about buying the right car seat for your child.
  2. Installing your car seat. You’ll need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat. Both are safe but don’t use them both at the same time. Once your child is forward-facing, using the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors is important. Get more details about installing your car seat.
  3. Getting the right fit. A properly-fitted harness gives the best possible protection for your child. Here are more details about getting the right fit for your child.
  4. When to change your car seat. Look on the car seat label to make sure your child is still within the weight, height, and age limits for that seat. Get details about when to change your car seat.

New Car Seat Technician: Emma Cole


Employee Shoutout of July: Jamie Whaley

Jamie has been with the Health Department since October of 2019.

He is very passionate about his job and is caring and understanding of the clients he serves.

He is very willing to help in any capacity needed and always willing to lend a helping hand to his co-workers and community partners. Thank you for all that you do Jaime!

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Safe Sitter

This summer we will be offering a Safe Sitter training course! This training is for 11-13-year-olds looking to become babysitters and they will be learning from the following content

Course content includes:

  • Safety Skills: Indoor safety, outdoor safety, online safety, and personal safety.
  • Child Care Skills: Child development, child care routines (including diapering practice), and behavior management.
  • First Aid & Rescue Skills: Injury prevention, injury management, and choking rescue. CPR is an optional component.
  • Life & Business Skills: Screening jobs, setting fees, and greeting employers

New Safe Sitter Instructor: Emma Cole 

Please call 606-564-9447 for more information!

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