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Waushara Prevention Council, Inc. Meeting Minutes

January 5th, 2016


Present: Jan Novak; DHS, Ashley Rome; Health Department; Trevor Cooper; AmeriCorps, Amanda Kutcher; ADRC, Jill Wilbert; CAP Services, Kelsie Oswald; Upward Bound, Eli Ashley; AmeriCorps, Bruce Rummel; GUMC, Patrick Nehring; UW Extension, Craig Hayes; Wild Rose Schools, Sue Shemanski; DHS, Mary LaBlanc; DHS, Judy Meier; Community Member, Lara Craft; Tri-County Schools, Anthony Marinak; Tri-County Schools, MaryAnn Schilling; UW Extension, Jeff Kasuboski; Wautoma Schools, Zina Soltis; UW Extension.


Called to order at 12:33pm Introductions were done.


Approval of Agenda and Minutes: Tony Marinak motions to approve agenda and minutes, and Judy Meier seconds. All in favor, motion carries.


Financial Report: Financial report is unfinished and does not reflect some differences in income from grants. Jan will send out an updated copy to partner members in the following week. Financial report tabled until March meeting. NOTE: The report showed January 2016 balances as November totals in error. No financial report was completed in November 2015



-Jan shared a thank you card with the council, thanking them for their support during and after her mother’s death.

-Business after 5 will be on January 12th, 2 members from the council are able to attend to network with businesses and community members. Email Jan for more information.


New Business:

-Waushara Prevention Council will have a table at Business after 5 on February 16th, 2016 at the WWII Memorial Building. Chairs of committees were asked to provide something about their committees to display. Volunteers are needed. Eli Ashley and Jill Wilbert volunteer to meet with Jan about planning this event.

-The new year is a time to look at and sign new partnership agreements. Descriptions of partner and committee members were given and agreements were passed out.


Committee Reports:

Questions or comments re: published committee reports. None.


Old Business:

Public Awareness Articles (Prevention Pointers)

January 15: Economic Development Presentation-Jan

January 22: Fitness Flurry- Trevor

January 29: Heart Attack Awareness- MaryAnn

February 5: Teen Dating- Jill

February 12: Survey Results- Health Department

February 19: Winter Flurry- Jan

February 26: Active Aging- Amanda

March 4: Open

March 11: Healthy Babies Coalition Summit- Mary

March 18: Open

-New in 2016, each committee chair will publish 2 articles per year about their committees to raise public awareness.     

-Talked about having Sherriff Jeff Nett write an article about PWHLTM during prom season.

-Amanda will send out information about due dates and the form to use when sending Prevention Pointers to the Argus, possibly with a calendar.


2016 Priorities and Next Steps:

Active Aging:

Priorities identified at Annual Meeting

  • Transportation on the weekends
  • Medication Education and proper disposal of medications
  • More social opportunities for older adults: Intergenerational activities and more marketing for current opportunities
  • Therapeutic gardening for older adults and those with disabilities

Current Projects

  • Needs assessments on county parks and trails
  • A+ program to incorporate intergenerational activities
  • Community Fair in October (Last year had over 200 people and 23 vendors)
  • Increase committee members

Additional Project Ideas

  • ADRC got a grant for a 10 weeks program called Aging Master. It’s an evidence based program with various topics and could help with intergenerational activities.
  • Tri County has a program called Heart to Heart where 4th graders meet with older adults and have lunch and then an activity. Could possibly try to bring this program to other schools.


Healthy Communities Healthy Youth:

Priorities identified at Annual Meeting

  • Parent education and parents support groups
  • More parents involved with their child’s education
  • Parents more focused on their children and less focused on distractions
  • Boy and Girls club in area
  • More after school options for youth
  • After school funding
  • Good access to/ ability to receive mental health care
  • More mental health practitioners
  • Decrease drug use
  • Bike lanes near schools
  • Educate High school students on how to break the cycle within their family structure

Current Projects

  • March-Youth Risk Behavior Survey, data collected from youth information in 3 school districts
  • April-June-Parents who Host Lose the Most Campaign
  • Spring- Legislative Breakfast Status of Marijuana legalization in Wisconsin
  • Spring and Fall FACTS dinners (Topics: Marijuana and Human Trafficking)
  • Spring and Fall- Prescription Drug Take back Days

Additional Project Ideas

  • Parent Education classes being taught by: CAP Services; UW Extension; DHS; Wild Rose Schools? (In the past had Love and Logic)
  • Meeting with Boys and Girls club Director in Berlin to see how we can help each other. Building space is available in the schools for free if the Boys and Girls club in Berlin would like to come to run programs. Possibly getting this going in Redgranite Elementary.
  • After school programs being offered by Wautoma, Wild Rose Schools and Wild Rose Library. Tri-County would like more funding for after school programs as 21st century was not accepting grant applications this year.
  • Prevention Pointers-focus on specific available activities, Possibly Family Fun page in paper
  • Ways to get parents involved/ get them to show up: Tri-County uses incentives for meeting with teachers, free food/childcare, texts to remind parents of events
  • Kelsie-Upward Bound: Has a goal to get parents involved with parent workshops during senior year of high school, educating kids and their parents to break the low income cycle and go on to higher education, help for parents to apply for Financial Aid. Currently serving 63 students, 45 in Waushara County. Talked about possibly partnering with HCHY. Schools also offer college nights for parents to attend. Financial Aid assistance also offered through College Go WI.
  • Tri-County reports that their counselors are swamped with mental health issues, and the biggest issues with parents are transportation and insurance. Sue: Schools in Waushara County currently are satellite offices and DHS staff is available for mental health counseling. DHS would also be willing to stay after school to offer non-traditional hours for mental health services.


Vision 2020:

Priorities identified at Annual Meeting

  • Soft skills job training/customer service
  • Lower poverty levels in county
  • Vehicle assistance program/ public transportation
  • Increased awareness of community resources
  • Financial literacy
  • School gardens, farm markets accept EBT, farm to school, etc.
  • Affordable housing
  • Higher wage jobs
  • Early literacy programs such as Reach out and read
  • Parental assistance/guidance for struggling families/parents

Current Projects

  • Re-frame language from eliminating “poverty” to supporting “economic security” for all community members.
  • Educational presentation utilizing 2015 Economic Security Profile for Waushara County.
  • 2016 Publication of Help for Hard Times and Resource Page. Should be finished next week. Online distribution planned
  • Financial literacy classes and one-to-one assistance provided by UW-Extension. Right now they are mainly working with veterans. Results of 2016 Needs assessment will guide financial literacy efforts.
  • Promotion of community gardens with outreach to target populations. Assist in development of additional community garden sites.
  • Develop, Populate, and promote website mapping of farm stands. Publish farm stand listing in County guide.
  • Technical assistance to grocery stores to prevent food deserts
  • Backpack Nutrition Program serving 119 students weekly with potential expansion for 2016-2017.

Additional Project Ideas

  • Share economic security profile with community to increase awareness
  • UW-Extension plans to offer customer service training to department leads and chamber.
  • FSET program: Participants in Food share are now mandated to participate in educational classes to continue receiving benefits if they are not working. The program would be willing to work with anyone who has educational opportunities.
  • UW-Extension will be offering workshops on 9 different topics including personality traits and generational expectations.
  • UW-Extension-PREP Program: evidence based program being used in Jails to educate inmates about decreasing recidivism, parenting, and family relationships. May be asking for funding for this program.
  • Thrivent Action Teams: 250$ per policy can be used. Possible funding for community gardens or vision 2020.
  • Tri-County: Students can’t afford driver’s education classes, so they have no transportation to jobs. Currently have a donation of 2 scholarships a year. Vision 2020 could possibly sponsor another scholarship (Cost: 350-450$ per student). Tri-County also offers classes for automotive repair. Upward Bound offers summer classes about how to buy a vehicle.
  • Barrier to transportation: Adults without licenses
  • Current community gardens include Wautoma GUMC, Redgranite, and Wautoma High School. Talked about finding a way to use waste from farms to feed more people. Possibly waste from the Hancock research station.



Priorities identified at Annual Meeting

  • Walking/ biking paths in major towns/ bike lanes on some streets in Wautoma
  • Physical activity awareness and opportunities for all generations
  • Make healthy choice the easy choice
  • Public Transportation
  • Continued support of LE/EMS/Fire and county programs
  • Easy access to programs and resources in Waushara County
  • More people to help clean the streets every year
  • Volunteer opportunities

Current Projects

  • Public Health looking at development of paths in Wautoma

Additional Project Ideas

  • Put together a youth leadership group to get teens involved. Used to have Students taking on Prevention, and students attending HCHY meetings.
  • Trying to give parents a bigger voice on committees, better representation from targeted populations
  • Identifying natural helpers in the community


-Jan will carry the information discussed to the committees and identify needs from here based on this feedback.

-Reports from committees about priorities will be discussed at March meeting.


Open Forum:

  1. Member Announcements: Trevor-The Health Department applied for and received a grant about 2 weeks ago to work on adolescent and reproductive health. With this grant, they purchased several evidence based programs and are hoping to pilot these programs within the next year.
  2. Photo-Priority Planning: Photo tabled until March meeting.


Future Agenda Items:

  • Waushara Prevention Council, Inc. Attire
  • Annual Report
  • Website Updates and Maintenance
  • 2016 Committee Priorities
  • Business After 5

-Email Jan with any additional future agenda items.


Next Meeting:

Tuesday March 1st, 2016. CAP Services Conference room B, 12:30pm-2:00pm.


Meeting adjourned 2:20pm


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