KDADS recognized the opportunity to expand prevention efforts to be inclusive of substance use prevention, mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and problem gambling prevention to enhance the behavioral health of Kansas communities. The Kansas Prevention Collaborative was created in an effort to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention efforts.
Healing Your Almond
This month's guest is Franchon Francees. Franchon is the founder of Healing Your Almond, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Trauma Practitioner and Trainer. She founded Healing Your Almond, a Wilmington, NC-based consulting group, in 2019, utilizing her expertise in both trauma and emotional intelligence to help companies address employee stress and team efficiency. Known for her authentic leadership and engaging presentations, Franchon discovered her passion for mental health in 2007.
Check out the website:
Prevention in Media
October's Prevention in Media is Ted Lasso. Listen to the episode to hear why Janell and Heather think this show is worthy of the Prevention in Media title.
This month's coalition spotlight is Finney County Community Health Coalition. The Finney County Community Health Coalition works to improve the health, well-being and safety of the people of Finney County by collaborating to build a better community.
Educate, Empower, Engage to Reduce Stigma
Our guest this month is Seth Dewey. Seth is a person in long-term recovery as well as a passionate advocate for building recovery capitol and furthering the adoption of harm reduction strategies and furthering the innovative approach of these strategies in rural America. Seth works for Reno County Health Department as the Substance Misuse Health Educator. He also serves on several board of directors in Reno county and on the Oxford House World Council, one of the Recovery Housing options that are listed by SAMHSA as having the best practices for recovery housing.
Prevention in Media
This month’s prevention in media is "The S Word," a documentary from a suicide attempt survivor. The survivor finds herself on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight and humor. She discovers a national community rising to transform personal struggles into action. Visit www.theswordmovie.com to learn more and watch this film.
This month’s Coalition Spotlight is Coalition Central Kansas Partnership in Barton County. Their mission is to join in a common effort to build healthy and safe communities, reduce the risks of Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs, and promote healthy attitudes and behaviors.
Links we mentioned:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-V3wm_a4058&feature=youtu.be 4 minute clip of 1st anti-stigma event
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=52SdH0JB180&feature=youtu.be ( Community Conversation Anti-Stigma 1stevent full video June 25th
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CZXsSEFUHq4&feature=youtu.be ( Community Conversation 2nd event July 16thfull video
https://youtu.be/X-suKac4hfg ( Community conversations part 3 )
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better” Maya Angelou
"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care."
John C Maxwell
Prevention in Media: www.theswordmovie.com
Lonely Grief to Purposeful Belief with Alexis Williams
Alexis Williams is a mother, retired Air Force Veteran, Serial Entrepreneur, and Community Leader. Having recently been a recipient of BeyGood’s Business Grant and listed as a "Top Mississippi Business to Know" on Oprah.com, she is a force and is making her own way with her one-of-a-kind Afro-waiian Clothing Brand, Aloha Glamour.
Crystal Thryves with Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW
This month’s guest is Crystal Rozelle–Bennett. Crystal has been working with youth and families for nearly 20 years. She is committed to empowering, engaging, educating, and advocating in order to implement trauma-informed strategies for individuals and communities.
She earned a Bachelor’s in Arts in psychology from Wells College and completed her Master’s in social work from Florida State University.
During her career, Ms. Bennett has demonstrated a passion in sharing her personal and professional experiences with others to serve marginalized individuals and prevent re-traumatization.
She has experience in directing child & youth service programs for the Department of the Navy with a history of providing program oversight and accountability in accordance with the Department of Defense, COA, & BGCA Requirements. Additionally, she has consulted with schools on policy development and has managed residential treatment facilities and foster care programs.
Ms. Bennett is a lifelong learner and has provided education and support to foster families, facilitated psychoeducation programs for youth, responded to crisis hotline calls for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and trained behavioral healthcare professionals in the areas of human trafficking, suicide prevention, child trauma/maltreatment, motivational interviewing, racial trauma, cultural competency, and serving LGBT youth.
Learn more about Crystal and her work here: https://crystalthryves.com/aboutme/
Prevention in Media
This month’s prevention in media is the film-adapted Broadway musical “In the Heights.” The show illustrates prevention protective factors through embracing culture, community, and finding your far-away dreams realized in your home neighborhood. You can find this movie in theaters or on HBO Max.
This month’s Coalition Spotlight is Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team.
Mission: To mobilize resources to promote healthy, holistic lifestyles among the underserved in Wyandotte County affected by substance use disorder and mental health challenges.
They are most proud of the partnerships they have built in the last year. “It took us a while to get the right people at the table but now we have a great team dedicated to youth prevention. They are also proud of the work the youth did on the marijuana education campaign!” They designed some really great posters that will be placed all over town and within the schools when they're back in session.
Check out the YSAP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YSAP2020
For more information on coalition spotlights visit: https://kansaspreventioncollaborative.org/coalition-spotlights/
Redlining: A Map to Social, Economic, and Health Inequality in Wichita
This month’s guest is Alyssa Spencer. Alyssa is a student at Wichita State University, and just graduated in May with her Master’s in Social Work. Alyssa was a practicum student at CEI this past year and now works with StopSuicideICT where she will implement the Zero Suicide Framework in Sedgwick County.
Alyssa joins us today to share with us her final semester project for her MSW.
Prevention in Media:
This month’s prevention in media is a 5-part documentary called “The Me You Can’t See.” Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry join forces to guide honest discussions about mental health. This series features illuminating stories from across the globe, giving us the opportunity to seek truth, understanding, and a newfound hope for the future.
This month’s Coalition Spotlight is United for Youth.
Mission: The mission of U4YC is to provide prevention tools to assist and empower all Nemaha County youth to reduce destructive decisions and encourage physical and mental health by making positive choices.
They are most proud of their positive relationships with the school’s Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) programs and our continued desire to work together to make positive impacts on the teens in our county.
To learn more about the Coalition Spotlight and United 4 Youth, please go to the KPC Website at kansaspreventioncollaborative.org
Sources for Alyssa’s project:
Wichita Redlined Map: http://southeasternarchitecture.blogspot.com/2016/10/segregation-forms-redlining.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, September 15). CDC's Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/placeandhealth/svi/index.html.
Mapping Inequality. Digital Scholarship Lab. (n.d.). https://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/redlining/#loc=13/37.694/-97.341&city=wichita-ks&area=A6&adview=full.
National Association of Social Workers. (2017). NASW code of ethics.
Retrieved April 10, 2021, from https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English
Richardson, J., Mitchell, B. C., Meier, H. C. S., Lynch, E., & Edlebi, J. (2021, January 12). Redlining and Neighborhood Health. https://ncrc.org/holc-health/.
Rothstein, R. (2018). The color of law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America. Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company.
Vanella, J. (2020, December 14). Asthma: The Surviving Symptom of Redlining in Low-Income Communities of Color. https://policy-perspectives.org/2020/12/14/asthma-the-surviving-symptom-of-redlining-in-low-income-communities-of-color/.
Van Slyke, A. (2020, July 13). America’s Legacy of Redlining: State-Sponsored Segregation and Disenfranchisement of Urban Minority Communities. https://lernercenter.syr.edu/2020/07/13/ib-35/.
Wichita Segregation, Past & Present. (2018, December 18). https://thechungreport.com/wichita-segregation-past-and-present/.
The Color of Law: https://www.amazon.com/Color-Law-Forgotten-Government-Segregated/dp/1631494538/ref=asc_df_1631494538/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312029822325&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10101111794633507110&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9024239&hvtargid=pla-466313351218&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=61316180319&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=312029822325&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10101111794633507110&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9024239&hvtargid=pla-466313351218
Be Somebody's Someone
This month’s guest is Russell Spurlin. Russell is a Senior at Clay Center Community High School. He is a member of Kansas Youth Connect and is also one of the KYC Ambassadors. He works with DCCCA staff and WSU staff to strategize and help plan the KYC3 conference.
Visit The KYC3 website for more information.
Prevention in Media
This month’s prevention in media is “WandaVision”! WandaVision is a TV show on Disney+ and it is based on the Marvel Comics characters Scarlet Witch and Vision. It is a show that addresses some very real feelings and emotions in the behavioral health realm.
This month’s Coalition Spotlight is Shawnee County Substance Abuse Task Force.
The Mission: Shawnee County Substance Abuse Task Force is committed to making a reduction in substance use a priority throughout Shawnee County.
To educate the public about the incidence and impact of early substance use by youth.
To energize the public to address substance use within their families, schools and multiple sectors throughout the county.
To engage key leaders and policymakers about the impact of substance use on the health and well-being of the county related to the impact of substance use.
For more information visit https://kansaspreventioncollaborative.org/coalition-spotlights/