Coalition Meeting Focuses on CASA and Rural Veteran Tele-Health

Silver Springs, Nevada – The Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties gathers for a public meeting featuring guest speakers and discussion of regional issues on the second Thursday of each month at 9am. This month’s breakfast meeting takes place on Thursday October 11th at the Silver Springs Community Center in the Lahontan meeting room at 2945 Fort Churchill Street. Guest speakers will offer presentations on Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and on rural Veterans and tele-health.

Melanie McCormick, Director of CASA of Carson City will speak about the high need for CASA volunteers and explain what the organization does. The mission of CASA of Carson City is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.

Theresa Williams, Acting Rural Health Coordinator of Veterans Administration Sierra NV Health Care Systems, will discuss rural tele-health and Veterans.

The Coalition is also noting that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, an opportunity to raise awareness.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept 15 – Oct 15 this year. It’s an opportunity to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

In addition, October is also National Arts and Humanities month – a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Healthy Communities will share a list of some arts and humanities groups and their upcoming events in our region.

Following is a list of upcoming speakers at Healthy Communities Nov 2018 through Feb 2019 public breakfast meetings:

hcc march 2018 meeting

Thurs Nov 8 2018 at 9am -Silver Springs Community Center

Life Change Center’s Wellness Services Program Director Lisa Lee, M.A., CADC-I, CPRSS, will be providing Naloxone training at Healthy Communities’ November breakfast meeting. She will train and provide Naloxone kits to all in attendance.

Naloxone (sometimes called Narcan) is a medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose caused by use of opiate drugs. When administered in a timely manner, the drug can be effective in saving the life of the individual. The only effect of naloxone is to reverse the effect of opioids. It cannot make a person “high.”

Find out more about coordinated efforts in Nevada to address the opioid crisis by visiting the Nevada Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard

Thurs Dec 13, 2018 at 9am- Silver Springs Community Center, Lahontan Room

In December we will have guest speakers from Tu Casa Latina (Daysi Rodriguez and an intern), plus a special holiday season brunch. Tu Casa Latina is dedicated to building a better life for women, men and children who are victims of domestic violence, trafficking, or abuse in northern Nevada. They accomplish this through direct service, education, advocacy, and community involvement.

No January 2019 Meeting
Healthy Communities does not meet in January each year so partners can attend the annual Human Services Network awards breakfast in Reno.

Thurs Feb 14 2019 at 9am – Silver Springs Community Center

One of our Feb. guest speakers will be John Malcolm, Outreach and Prevention Education Specialist with Safe Embrace. The Coaching Boys into Men and Athletes as Leaders program facilitates the unique connections that community leaders have on our youth by providing them the resources they need to promote respectful behavior among our youth and help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault. The curriculum consists of a series of trainings that illustrate ways to model respect and promote healthy relationships. These programs cover personal responsibility, insulting language, disrespectful behavior towards women and girls, digital disrespect, consent, bragging about sexual reputation, aggression, relationship abuse, communicating boundaries, promoting equality, rumor spreading, relationship abuse, and healthy relationships, self- image, supporting other students, and challenging harmful gender stereotypes.

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