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Healthy Communities Healthy Kids Coalition

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Dinner Makes a Difference
Did you know that one way to reduce teen drinking and drug use is by having frequent family dinners? Teens that have infrequent family dinners are twice as likely to use tobacco or marijuana, more than one and a half times likelier to use alcohol, and twice as likely to expect to try drugs in the future. (Source:

More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.

Family Day: Eat Dinner with Your Children is national movement launched in 2001 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to promote the parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners as a simple, effective way to prevent substance abuse in kids.

The Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition is hosting their first ever Family Dinner Night on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the HK Middle School Cafeteria. Dinner will be provided free-of-charge and door prizes will be available! This event helps to promote family dinners and support parents. Please bring your family and join us at this great event!

Please RVSP to Kathryn Glendon, Prevention Coordinator, at 860-345-7498 or by September 15, 2011.

It is important to remember that YOU are the more potent and underutilized tool to prevent your children from using substances and engaging in risky behavior.

2008 YFS Awards
Gwen Plum, Anna Shultz, and Alli Mcfee passing out social norm stress balls and putting up posters and Allison Peplau fixing a social norms poster that was defaced
The Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition is conducting a resource survey. This survey identifies resources people like you may possess and may consider sharing in building a stronger community. We also want to know what you would like to learn about or what you think the coalition should focus on in the near future. Remember, you are not “signing up” by taking this survey, but we hope it will inspire you to lend your time, talents and skills to building assets for our youth and community! Below is the link to the Resource Survey.

2008 YFS Awards
Haddam Resident Trooper Connelly, Carol Dupuis, Kitty Dornfeld and Killingworth Resident Trooper Ward at the Drug Take Back Event at the Killingworth Town Hall
What is our Vision?
Healthy and Drug Abuse Free Haddam and Killingworth Communities

What is our Mission?
This mission of the Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition is to engage every sector of the community in an effort to change policy, educate, and implement strategies to prevent and reduce substance abuse, other risky behavior, and to promote the wellness of the community.

Why it was created?
0 A group of parents and community leaders formed the coalition in 1993. It is the driving force behind the prevention programs in our two rural, Connecticut communities of Haddam and Killingworth. Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc. provides administrative support and fiscal oversight to the coalition.

Joe Courtney
Coalition visits Congressman Joe Courtney in D.C.
L-R: Seth Nuzum, Coalition Member; Carol Flanagan-Dupuis, Coalition Member; Congressman Joe Courtney; Kathryn Glendon, Prevention Coordinator at Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Trooper James Connelly, Coalition Member; and Cheryl Chandler, Executive Director at Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth
In 2000 and 2002, the coalition used the Governor's Prevention Initiative for Youth Surveys to gather information about drug and alcohol use, and preventative and risk factors regarding Haddam and Killingworth Youth. In 2003 they were awarded the $100,000 per year for five years Drug Free Communities Grant through the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In 2004 the coalition hired its first paid Prevention Coordinator to manage the community coalition. In 2009 the Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition was awarded $125,000 per year for an additional five years Drug-Free Communities Grant (DFC) through the United States Health and Human Services: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in September 2009. This grant is renewable for up to five years. The DFC grant continues to fund a full time prevention coordinator to manage the coalition. The coalition continues to administer school surveys to measure the four core measures and the forty developmental assets among youth in grades 7 -12.

Chester Resident Trooper Adam Brown Haddam-Killingworth High School Students
Chester Resident Trooper Adam Brown presented on the latest drug trends and paraphernalia to the Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition
Haddam-Killingworth High School Students attended the Leading with Asset Conference at Middlesex Community College, funded by the Middlesex United Way
Coalition Co-Chairs:
Dr. Eileen Lawrence, Shoreline Pediatrics, Killingworth Resident
Seth Nuzum, Director of Student Ministries, Valley Bible Evangelical Free Church

Tip Line:
For parents and youth to report underage drinking, drug use and unsupervised parties…anonymously - 860-663-1765

Tanja Moriarty Coalition co-chair listening to the Chinese visitors from Shangdong speak about their school and community
Vice Principal Guan Hongli, Prevention Coordinator Kathryn Glendon, Parent/Translator Isabelle Chen and Teacher Zhang Hong

Why was it created?

2008 Big Donation
Cheryl Chandler accepts the donation from Artful Living's Chris Solimene and Big Director John Pike
Click to read full article
The towns of Haddam and Killingworth struggle with youth substance abuse. This continues to be an issue with all communities nationwide. The Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids (HC-HK) Coalition seeks to prevent and reduce substance abuse. The Coalition meets monthly and has had several working meetings where members break into small groups to analyze the local and national data, prioritize areas of concern and plan how they hope to address these areas.

Who is involved?
Representatives from all 12 sectors of the community are involved in coalition activities. They include youth; parents; the business community; media; school; youth serving organizations; law enforcement agencies; religious or fraternal organizations; civic and volunteer groups; healthcare professionals; state or local agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse; and other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse.

KWO Donation
Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition receives check from the Killingworth Women’s Organization. (l-r) Andrea Schull and Joan Wilson (KWO) and Tanja Moriarty and Hilary Kumnick, Co-Chairs, Healthy Communities Healthy Kids Coalition
The Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition is a member of the Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

(Washington, D.C.) – Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), today announced the awarding of $21 million in new Drug Free Communities (DFC) grants to 161 communities across the country. The Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition, a program of Youth and Family Services of Haddam Killingworth, Inc. from Haddam and Killingworth, CT was one of the grant recipients, and will receive $625,000 in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug abuse among youth. Read more
H-K Safe Home PactMake the H-K Safe Home Pact! Click for more info

Get on the same page as your caring neighbors! Parents and guardians who sign H-K’s Safe Home Pact are pledging their homes will be places where young people will not have access to alcohol or other drugs, and that a responsible adult will properly supervise teen gatherings. More info...

Meeting Schedule 2010/2011

September 22, 2010 HK-HS
October 20, 2010 HK-HS
November 17, 2010 HK-MS
December 15, 2010 HK-HS
January 19, 2011 HK-HS
February 16, 2011 HK-HS
March 16, 2011 HK-MS
April 13, 2011 HK-HS
May 18, 2011 HK-HS
June 15, 2011 Daybreak Café
Please note:
All meetings are at 8:00 am.

Meeting Minutes 2010/2011

July 20, 2011 – Minutes
June 8, 2011 – Minutes
May 18, 2011 – Minutes
April 13, 2011 – Minutes
March 16, 2011 – Minutes
February 16, 2011 – Minutes
January 19, 2011 – Minutes
December 15, 2010 – Minutes
November 17, 2010 – Minutes
October 20, 2010 – Minutes
September 22, 2010 – Minutes

Meeting Minutes 2009/2010

September 16, 2009 – Minutes
October 21, 2009 –Minutes
November 18, 2009 – Minutes
December 16, 2009 – Minutes
January 20, 2010 – Minutes
February 17, 2010 – HKHS
March 17, 2010 –Minutes
April 21, 2010 – Minutes
May 19, 2010 – Minutes
June 16, 2010 – Minutes

United Way
The coalition is funded in part by grants from the following sources:

Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) which is a collaborative initiative sponsored by Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Local Prevention Council Grant: administered by the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council (MCSAAC)

Middlesex United Way Community Impact Grant

State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

More information: Call Ann O'Mara at 345-7498

In a survey administered in May of 2006 (Search Institute* Survey, Profiles of Student Life Attitudes and Behaviors) to HK youth in grades 7-12, the following data was gathered:

The graph gives the 30-day use rates for alcohol/tobacco; 12-month use rate for marijuana for HK youth in grades 7-12:

  Alcohol Tobacco Marijuana
7th 16% 5% 7%
8th 20% 7% 11%
9th 41% 19% 24%
10th 41% 13% 26%
11th 50% 20% 42%
12th 54% 27% 37%
Overall percentage 37% 15% 24%

The HC-HK Coalition seeks to build developmental assets as a way to prevent and reduce substance abuse. Currently, youth reported having an average of 18 out of 40 developmental assets which puts them at risk for increased use/abuse of substances. According to the Search Institute, the more developmental assets a young person has, the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviors including substance abuse. The Coalition’s data supports that. The following graph uses local 30-day use rates of alcohol and tobacco as they relate to youth reports of assets:

  Number of Assets
  0-10 assets 11-20 assets 21-30 assets 31-40 assets
30-day use rate: alcohol 57% 42% 22% 2%
30-day use rate: tobacco 32% 18% 4% 0%

Youth reported having an average of 18 assets; this puts most of them in the 11-20 assets category in the graph above. The HC-HK coalition will work to build and increase assets by 5 over the next two years in order to bring the average number to 23, which will put most of the youth into the 21-30 assets column, where 30-day use rates for alcohol/tobacco are much lower.

Energy Drink
Social Norming
Developmental Assets: A Profile of Your Youth
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