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March 2023 in Prevention

Please see below for the meeting and event schedule.

All agendas are attached below. Minutes from last month's meetings are posted on the Meeting Agendas and Minutes page.

Prevention is a team sport, what an amazing team we have here in Sublette County!

Thank you to these prevention partners and champions in February:

In Tobacco Prevention & Education:

Thank you to Big Piney Middle School Principal Tyler Walker for hosting vape information tables for parents and families at the boys basketball home games. Thank you to Cori Anderson, Physician’s Assistant from Marbleton Medical Clinic for attending these events to share that vaping is a medical issue and providers are concerned for children’s health.

Thank you to Stephanie Sprenger and Clayton Melinkovich from the Sublette County Attorney’s Office for their commitment to children’s health by supporting tobacco education and interventions for youth with Minor in Possession -- tobacco/vapes. Thank you to Dr. Jenks at Sub 9 for supporting a comprehensive tobacco free school policy for Sublette School District #9.

Thank you again and again to Aaron Preece and High Country Behavioral Health for their ongoing support for hosting Tuesday night Quit Tobacco groups. The next session begins in May.

In Suicide Prevention:

Thank you to Kaidi Rainey from BOCES for bringing Jason Vickrey and the Jae Foundation to BOCES on 2/15. For more information on how the Jae Foundation works to support mental health and suicide prevention in Wyoming and Idaho please visit:

Thank you to Neville Burt from Boulder Roll Awareness and Prevention (BRAAP) who attended to share BRAAP’s collaboration with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church to generate and administer the funds that make up the Sublette Community Mental Health fund. Thank you, Kaidi, for inviting the prevention coalition to share info on QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer - community suicide prevention training, and 988 materials at this event.

We are very grateful to Sublette State Rep. Albert Sommers for sponsoring HB 0034, a bill that would have supported schools with funding to receive additional mental health resources. Unfortunately HB 0034 did not make it out of the Senate. Maybe next time!

That said, we are ever grateful for Rep Sommer’s proactive leadership on mental health and substance use issues.

A big shout out to all Sub9 and Sub1 school counselors, social workers, and nurses who take time from their packed schedules and commitments to show up at local meetings and email state leadership to advocate for student needs.

In Youth Marijuana Prevention:

Thank you to Sublette Rep. Albert Sommers for sponsoring HB 108, a bill to prohibit sales of THC products (like Delta-8) and vape products to youth under 21 years of age. The bill passed both chambers last week after changing 21 years of age to 18 years of age. Thank you to members of the ATODS task force who shared their concerns about Delta-8 impacts on children’s health with Rep. Sommers in meetings last year. Their concerns and reported health concerns from around the state led to the successful passage of this bill.

In Alcohol Abuse Prevention:

Thank you to Brandy at Waterhole #3 in Marbleton and Kate at Wind River Brewing Company for their support of TIPS alcohol beverage server training, and to the Sublette Sheriff’s Office for working behind the scenes to continue to offer TIPS to local servers.

Thank you to Deanne Swain of Pivot Design Partners for her patient and skilled work on our underage drinking media campaign: “Talk, They Hear You”. Talk They Hear You supports parents with suggestions for age appropriate ways to begin and continue the conversation about the harms and impacts of alcohol. The campaign runs on all our social media sites, the Public Health facebook page and school pages throughout prom and graduation season. The message: Talk early, talk often. It is never too late to have an impact on your child’s decisions about alcohol.

Here’s what’s happening in March:

Monday 3/6/23: Suicide Prevention Task Force

12 - 1 PM

Public Health Conference Room, 380 Faler Ave.

On the agenda: Review of current legislation; review of recent national, state and local data; QPR scheduling updates.

Lunch provided, please RSVP for lunch!

***Thursday 3/9/23 ***NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION & TIME:

Sublette Prevention Coalition is in Big Piney this month

3:30 - 4:30 PM


Monday 3/27: Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs (ATODS) Task Force

12 - 1 PM

Public Health Conference Room - 380 Faler Ave

Thursday 3/30: BOCES hosts Question, Persuade, Refer: QPR

1 hour free suicide prevention training

Time of training to be determined.

Please contact the prevention office for more information.

Coming in April and May;

TIPs Alcohol Beverage Server training

April 11, 2023

9 am - 2 pm

Public Health Conference Room

380 Faler Ave.

Contact the prevention office to register: 307-749-5004

Drug Take Back Day

May 31, 12 - 1 PM

Southwest Sublette County Pioneer Senor Center, Marbleton

Lunch Provided

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