Directors Update
Hello friends and family of CAHL,

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy. Christmas is upon us! This year we have a total of three Christmas trees up in our house, lights a plenty, and my kids are desperately trying to talk their dad into buying a fun Christmas inflatable for our front yard. It’s getting harder and harder for him to keep saying no (although Laila has been asking for a dog and sometimes she produces actual tears about it and he seems to keep saying no to that!). 

They love this time of year and even though it’s 2020, it feels more magical than ever. Maybe it’s just all of the extra time we got to spend together since March? Maybe because we have absolutely nowhere to go so we really get to soak up the scenery? Maybe because my kids are a bit older and can finally take care of themselves a little more so I have more time to enjoy the magic? We may never know, we may never know.  In all honesty, my kids have been incredible with all of the changes 2020 has brought to their lives. Laila is 7, Roman just turned 6, and Remi is no longer a baby but a 2 year old who remains one of the most easy going kids in the world. I am so proud of them.

I’d like to take this opportunity to show some serious gratitude to the staff at CAHL. Considering the never ending changes 2020 has brought to the work environment, I am proud to say that the CAHL staff didn’t miss a beat. Annie, Emma, Hannah and I all worked together to accomplish all of our objectives and activities and are continuing to move flawlessly (kind of) through 2020. Our work in health equity has brought us to an appreciation of the culture that has been cultivated within our organization, but has also shown us we have a long way to go. We are in the planning stages for one of the most defined strategic plans CAHL has ever had. We are energized and motivated to move this organization forward with authentic, quality work that has an impact on some of our most vulnerable populations. The staff at CAHL has shown nothing but loyal, authentic engagement for the betterment of our organization and for that I am so thankful. Hats off to you, Annie, Emma and Hannah! I’d also like to thank our Board members for always having trust in me to lead this organization. Every single one of you mentor me in more ways than you can imagine. And to our coalition members, we want you to be with us every step of the way as we do this work. Please reach out to myself, Emma, Hannah or Annie for more opportunities to be involved!

I likely haven’t seen a single one of you in 2020 and as much as that hurts to say, I am starting to feel hopeful that we may be able to share a coffee together again soon. I can’t wait. Take care of yourself, take care of others, and have a very happy holiday.

Sending love,

Wendy
Drug Free Communities
USPS Drug Free USA Stamps
Sending out holiday cards this year? Join efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse by purchasing Drug Free USA Forever Stamps from your local USPS Branch or online!

RAISE Project at Chilton High School
In partnership with RISE TOGETHER and Chilton High School, we have received a Chilton Area Community Foundation Fund to support the implementation of the RAISE PROJECT at CHS during the 2020-2021 school year. Thirteen students join Hannah Wilz, REACH Youth Coordinator and Mia Meyer, Chilton Social Studies teacher in a journey to empower youth. The RAISE Project focuses on three areas including RAISE kindness, RAISE awareness, and RAISE voices.The first project focus is gratitude. Follow RAISE Chilton's endeavors throughout the year on Instagram www.instagram.com/raisechilton or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/REACHCalumet
First REACH Red Ribbon Week a Success
Seven Calumet County municipalities proclaimed October 23-31, 2020 as REACH Red Ribbon Week along with support from 26 schools and businesses. Window clings, yard signs and banners brought awareness to REACH and the campaign to create “A strong Calumet County; preventing misuse of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.” A special thanks to our partners: Ascension Calumet, Rogers Behavioral Health and Calumet County. Please see REACH’s facebook page for pictures of the signs proudly displayed throughout Calumet County.

FACT Speaks Out on Teen Vaping & Covid-19  
Kaukauna FACT created their own campaign to shed light on tobacco use and Covid-19. “This poster was created to spread awareness of the harms of using tobacco. Tobacco weakens your immune system, so you are more prone to developing colds, getting the flu, and even developing Covid-19,” stated Hannah Wilz FACT coordinator for Kaukauna School District, and health educator for CAHL.

Katelyn Hoelzel, a FACT Kaukauna member, explains, “These posters are a good reminder of the harms tobacco can do to our bodies. I don’t think many students know just how harmful vaping can be.” 

These posters are being offered to any schools in Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, and Waupaca counties for free. Get yours today!
Stay in the know
Tap into a network of free and affordable support resources, including: quitting coaches, peer support, and helplines that offer help by phone call, live chat, or texting.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free quitting support and more.

Check out these additional resources:

Tobacco 21

In late December 2019, President Trump signed into law federal Tobacco 21 as part of a budget bill. “It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under 21.”

Read more
www.dhs.wisconsin.gov
WI WINS
Wisconsin Wins is a science-based, state-level initiative designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. Through Wins, investigations or compliance checks, are conducted to facilitate retailer compliance with the law. 

For more information about WI Wins, visit www.wiwins.org
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, WI Wins compliance investigations have been suspended. We will resume when guidelines are lifted, and it is safe for everyone to participate. In the meantime, CAHL will continue to connect with local retailers to share information and resources to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth.
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Retailers: Train your employees.
Fast. Easy. Free. And good for business

When your employees sell any tobacco product to young people under the age of 21, your business pays the price. But there’s an easy way to avoid expensive fines.