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Jul 252011

We work together for a happier, healthier Sullivan County.

Communities United is an umbrella organization made up of businesses, community support organizations, government and law enforcement, and nonprofit organizations. We are united in our commitment to work for a stronger, healthier community. We know alcohol and drug abuse hurts families and drains our communities of valuable resources.

We work together to provide information, strengthen resources, and support healthy behavior. As you explore our website, you’ll learn more about what we do, our community partners, and how you can help your family and community.

Thursday, November 20, is this year’s Great American Smoke-Out.

Even if you quit tobacco for just 20 minutes, there will be noticeable changes in your body. Quit for a lifetime and you’ll save money and your health.

Call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit TrytoStopNH.org for free help that will more than double your chances of quitting smoking, chew or snuff for good.

If you’re currently uninsured or are unhappy with your insurance plan, the time to change your plan is coming up. Open enrollment for government-sponsored health care plans begins on November 15 and continues through February 15. This is a chance to change your insurance or enroll for the first time. The penalties for not signing up for health care increase this year, so it’s important to find out what your options are.

Visit Healthcare.gov and learn what your options are. You may be eligible for Medicaid under the recent expansion or a rebate. If you find the website confusing, there are people who can help you.

Health care reform means that individuals now can have physical health, mental health and substance abuse treatment covered.

Oct 092014

In the four years since we received a Drug-Free Communities Grant, we have worked hard to make a better, safer community. On Monday, October 6, we were proud to present a list of just some of our accomplishments to the Sullivan County Commissioners.

Results

  • High school binge drinking has gone from a statewide high to an all-time low
  • 30-day marijuana and prescription drug use in high school students below state average
  • Reduction in excessive drinking among adults
  • Increase in parents talking with youth about alcohol and other drug use

Systems-Level Change

  • County-wide meetings to improve health curriculum and incorporate suicide prevention protocols in schools
  • Two fully funded positions at SAU 43 and three at SAU 6 for student supports
  • Programs that promote alcohol/drug free lifestyles and positive behaviors, including Life of an Athlete, at all school districts in region
  • Permanent take-back boxes in Claremont, Newport and New London in 2015
  • SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) initiative at Valley Regional Hospital to ensure every individual under 18 receiving treatment is screened for alcohol use and referred to a participating addiction counselor if necessary

Increasing Community Participation in Substance Abuse Prevention

  • Ongoing radio and newspaper appearances and advertisement focusing on prevention strategies and providing information
  • Joint project with Upper Valley Prevention and Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Planning Commission to increase proper prescription drug storage and disposal
  • County-wide meetings on criminal justice and prescription drug abuse
  • Ongoing youth prevention projects in Sunapee and Newport
  • Facebook presence increased by more than 200%, with posts regularly shared on media outlets. More than 130 mailing list subscribers
  • Presence at events from workplace health fairs to Newport Chamber Day
  • Newport school substance abuse prevention and mental health grants

If you would like to know more about what we’ve done or how you can be a part of our work, contact Liz at (603) 477-5565.

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