Silver City, New Mexico, October 21, 2014: Last Saturday, over 100 men took a simple, easy blood test that assessed if they were at-risk for prostate cancer at Gila Regional Medical Center’s Laboratory. The free screening was sponsored by the Grant County Prostate Support Group as part of their efforts to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
State Representative, Rudy Martinez participated in the testing and said, “This is a great service that the Prostate Support Group and Gila Regional does for our community, and I appreciate all of their efforts.” This is the fourth year the support group has teamed up with GRMC Laboratory to offer the free prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test to men.
GRMC Director of Laboratory Services, Ruben Layug Jr., MT(AMT/AAB), said, “ We should all be thankful to the science of PSA screening for early detection of prostate cancer.”
In Grant County, prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer for men, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. With early diagnosis and treatment, prostate cancer has a 99 percent survivorship according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
Fortunately, the death rate from prostate cancer has been falling for the last four years in Grant County, according to the National Cancer Institute and the Center for Disease Control.
Though there are no warning signs of prostate cancer, there are symptoms that may be caused by an enlarged prostate gland including: frequent need to urinate, especially at night; difficulty starting or stopping stream of urine; weak or interrupted urine stream; inability to urinate standing up; and blood in urine. Consult with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
Support Group Facilitator, Dave Schwantes said, “We want to thank all 107 men that participated in the screening; early detection means early treatment and saves lives. We would also like to thank GRMC and the Grant County Community Health Council for their continued support of our efforts.”
The Grant County Prostate Support Group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Gila Regional Medical Center’s Conference Room, 1313 E. 32nd St. The group next meets on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Se habla Español.
For more information contact Schwantes at (575) 388-2331.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:30
Silver City, New Mexico, August 1, 2014: The summer challenge for area youth, “101 Things To Do In Grant County,” wraps up with the luau, Tikis &Tacos, for all Grant County families on Friday, August 8, 2014, from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Bataan Memorial Park on Fort Bayard Road in Santa Clara. Like all 101 Things activities, the luau is free.
Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Coordinator, Razanna Robinson-Thomas said the luau is “to celebrate our youth, our partners, and the parents who supported this endeavor!”
Robinson adds, “We want to bring everyone together to talk about positive strides being made by our youth. Tikis and Tacos is truly an event for anyone and everyone in our community!”
The summer challenge, “101 things for Youth To Do In Grant County,” is sponsored by the YSAPC and created in partnership with the 50 establishments listed. The challenge is based on The Silver City Arts and Cultural District’s original program “101 Things To Do In Silver City.”
Tikis & Tacos is a fusion of the Polynesian beach culture with the flavor of southwest New Mexico cuisine. Tiki-rific games for all ages, live music by local bands and, of course, free tacos are just part of the fun available for families on Friday.
The New Mexico Systems of Care Youth Group coordinated luau’s musical entertainment, after last year’s wildly successful open air concert for area teens at Penny Park. For the Luau, the Youth Group has lined up such notable local talent as Image, Undoing Ruin and Wrath of the Popcorn Sutton. DJ Justin Blanton will MC the event, which the group promises will be a great time for all attendees.
Jordan McCain, 10, said she plans to be at Tikis & Tacos after she won an iPod Shuffle and gift certificate by participating in “101 Things.” McCain’s favorite activity was Number 26, “do a kick flip at Skate Park.” She completed her entry card as part of the Silver Recreation Center’s Summer Program.
Silver City Recreation Center Director, Mike Madrid said “as soon as I saw the 101 Things, I knew this is something our children would enjoy,” and incorporated the activities into their summer program for youths. “I, personally, know four children who have won prizes,” said Madrid. “I plan to be at Tikis and Tacos to see who wins that yellow tandem bike!” The tandem bicycle is one of the grand prizes to be awarded on Friday; also to be raffled is a BC electric guitar, and Fender acoustic guitar and Samsung digital video camera.
Madrid said the program has been a success at his facility, “We’ve had children and parents coming by all summer to walk the trail around the Recreation Center,” which is activity Number 79 of “101 Things.”
The Bayard Public Library reported similar success with the summer challenge. Assistant Librarian, Sonya Dixon said, “Participation has been amazing, and our circulation is double, if not tripled, this year.”
The Silver City Museum[‘s Curator of Education, Charmeine Wait said, “close to 200 youths” have visited the museum to participate in activity Number 5, explore the Gila Wilderness interactive exhibit. “It’s been a fantastic turn out!”
The Silver City Public Library Director, Eileen Silva said, “This year we had a record number of teens that participated in the Summer Reading Program, and [101 things] was a defiantly a component of that success. It was a fantastic collaboration!”
Participating youths complete 20 activities from the list on available entry cards to be eligible for prizes, 10 of which must be activities offered by establishments, and then youth drop off the completed entry card to be eligible for prizes that will be awarded. Youths can bring completed cards to Tikis & Tacos to be entered in the grand prize drawings. Prizes were selected by youth focus groups held by YSAPC.
YSAPC is a program of the Grant County Community Health Council, which is the Health and Wellness Planning Authority of the Grant County Board of Commissioners and supported by Gila Regional Medical Center.
Tikis and Tacos is Friday, August 8, 2014, from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Bataan Memorial Park on Fort Bayard Road in Santa Clara. For more information call (575) 388-1198 or visit our website at www.facebook.com/YSAPC.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 09:26
Silver City, New Mexico, July 21, 2014: Grant County Community Health Council honored Terry Anderson with the prestigious Member of the Year award for her efforts, professionally and personally, to advocate for children and youth.
Health Council Coordinator, Chris DeBolt praised Anderson’s commitment, “Terry has been a driving force on our Health Council for over 10 years and continues to motivate us all to create a better, healthier and happier childhood for the children of Grant County. She is an inspiration!”
Upon receiving the award, Anderson said, “This is very special. I love my work with the Health Council. There is lots of work to do advocating for children and youth!”
Throughout her life, Anderson has advocated for children and their educational needs. She began her career at historic Saint Mary’s Academy, and then developed the child care program at the First United Methodist Church. She spent time with the Head Start Program training teachers. Finally, she joined the staff at Western New Mexico University and, over the course of her career there, she attained the position of Assistant Dean of Early Childhood Education before retiring.
During Anderson’s tenure at WNMU, she was recognized in 2010 as one of the 20 Outstanding Women of New Mexico, founded the Challenging Child Conference and helped originate the Community Partnership for Children, a coalition which promotes excellence in child care and addresses family resiliency.
Health Council Chair, Priscilla Lucero said, “Anderson is known for her advocacy to improve the quality of life for children. She has committed her life to seeing that children get the best opportunities in child development and education.”
Anderson was also part of the inception of the Higher Education Early Childhood Taskforce which aligned course curriculum at all New Mexico two and four-year institutions so students seeking Associate and Bachelor’s degrees can transfer seamlessly between institutions.
Anderson has served as President of the New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children, a group near and dear to her heart, “The Association has been the foundation, and offers resources, for how to build quality child care programs.” Anderson continues to serve on the Association’s Policy Committee.
Anderson also served as Agency Representative to the Preconception to Preteen Life Cycle, one of the Health Council’s original community groups that resulted from the first community assessment and worked on age-specific issues. In that role, Anderson helped secured the initial funding for the Family Support Centers.
Currently, Anderson serves locally on the Community Partnership for Children, a Health Council community action team, and on the state-wide Early Childhood Comprehensive System.
Lucero adds about Anderson efforts on the Health Council, “She has done an outstanding job representing the Childcare sector o providing valuable knowledge and expertise for the betterment of all people.”
The Health Council is composed of 30 community leaders who represent various sectors in the community with the goal of mobilizing resources and affecting police for a greater positive impact on residents overall health. The Health Council is the Health and Wellness Planning Authority of the Grant County Board of Commissioners and supported by Gila Regional Medical Center.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:16
Silver City, New Mexico, May 19, 2014: The free summer-long challenge for area youth, “101 Things For Youth To Do In Grant County,” kicks off Friday (May 23, 2014) from noon to 4 p.m. on the Grant County Courthouse Lawn, 201 N. Cooper St. Youth and their families will have a chance to see the prizes that will be raffled throughout the summer, ask questions about the challenge, enter give-a-ways and enjoy food, and like all the 101 Things to Do, everything is free.
The summer challenge is sponsored by the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (YSAPC) and created in partnership with the 51 establishments listed. The challenge is based on The Silver City Arts and Cultural District’s original program “101 Things To Do In Silver City.”
YSAPC Coordinator Razanna Robinson-Thomas says, “The YSAPC thinks this project would help answer the multigenerational question, ‘What is there to do?’ Also, it strengthens the number one resistance factor for youth…bonding! When youth feel loved or bonded they are less likely to abuse substances. We want to foster relationships where youth can bond better with our community!”
All Grant County Middle and High School students received the initial entry card at school this week. The card included the list of 101 Things For Youth To Do In Grant County and vouchers for a game of bowling at Silver Bowling Center (Number 37) and a breakfast burrito from the Courtyard Café at Gila Regional Medical Center, which has been nominated Best Breakfast Burrito Byway by New Mexico True (Number 51).
Graduating La Plata student, Cristin Malo was excited about the prospect of so many activities being offered this summer. “This is fantastic! I can’t wait to get started.”
Participating youths need to complete 20 activities from the list to be eligible for prizes, 10 of which must be activities offered by establishments, and then youth drop off the completed entry card to be eligible for prizes that will be awarded weekly from May 23 to August 10, 2014.
Youth can enter as many times as able, and are encouraged to participate in all 101 activities. Prizes include a tandem bike, unicycles, ukuleles, video camera, gift certificates, a guitar and much more. Prizes were selected by youth focus groups held by YSAPC.
Also, don’t worry about how youth will get to all 101 Things To Do, the entry card acts as a free bus pass on Corre Caminos, and also complete Number 47 on the challenge.
Brendan Sorrelgreen, The Wellness Coalition Program Coordinator whom also serves on the YSAPC Core Planning Committee, says, “This is an amazing opportunity for safe fun activities for youth to do in Grant County and highlights specific organizations and business in Grant County area and gets businesses involved in the importance of healthy activities for youth.”
According to Sorrelgreen, The Wellness Coalition is inviting youth to hang out at the Spot, (Number 29 and 73), “It’s a teen center available all summer long, and we are encouraging teens to play pool or a board game with our staff, but you can stop by any time even if you’re not participating in 101 Things!”
YSAPC member, Jim Helgert represents substance abuse treatment sector on the Coalition. Helgert says “I think it’s a great opportunity for youth to get out of the house and see what Grant County has to offer and be proud of our community. “ Helgert works with Recovery Management, small private community counseling agency, offering a field trip every month throughout the summer (Number 17).
“We are going to City of Rocks on June 13, and touring the different parts of the park including the solar walk. On July 18, we visit Little Walnut Picnic Grounds to hike the trails and enjoy a picnic lunch. Then, on Aug 1, we have a fishing trip to Bill Evans Lake and hopeful enjoy cooking fish caught by the youth,” adds Helgert. Youth can register for the field trips by calling the YSAPC to reserve a seat.
Helgert is enthusiastic about the program, “I think it’s amazing. This is what has been need for a long time: to bring the businesses, youth and community together!”
The “101 Things For Youth to Do In Grant County” program is intended for youth from ages 11 to 18.
YSAPC is a program of the Grant County Community Health Council, which is the Health and Wellness Planning Authority of the Grant County Board of Commissioners and supported by Gila Regional Medical Center.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:24
Silver City, New Mexico, May 14, 2014: The New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention has awarded the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (YSAPC) a four-year grant to continue to focus on environmental strategies to curb youth substance abuse.
YSAPC Coordinator, Razanna Robinson-Thomas says, “I am stoked! Our Coalition has done so much community planning and invested so much time. This grant gives the Coalition a chance to continue our efforts for the next four years!”
The Evidence Based Prevention Services grant makes over $344,000 available, over the next four years, for efforts like the upcoming “101 Things for Youth To Do In Grant County,” a summer challenge for youth grades 6 – 12 from May 23 to August 10, prescription drug disposal programs, and policy change efforts regarding youth alcohol and prescription drug abuse.
The YSAPC was founded last year with a grant received by the Grant County Community Health Council from the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention. The Coalition is composed of 25 service providers and invested community members dedicated to creating an environment that cultivates healthy productive lifestyles through policy and advocacy change that promotes resilient and empowered youth.
Health Council Coordinator, Chris DeBolt said, “It’s wonderful we received this continuation money to support this vital and vibrant work being done by the Coalition. We are very grateful and excited for this opportunity.”
The YPSAC and Health Council continue to seek funding to address Grant County’s Health and Wellness Priorities, one of which is behavioral health, specifically youth substance abuse. The Priorities are set based on the results of the Community Assessment, a survey of Grant County residents’ top concerns, issues and needs.
On the most recent Community Assessment, 45 percent of Grant County residents ranked substance abuse as one of their top three concerns for children and teens.
In 2011, 49 percent of Grant County High School students reported they currently drink on the national Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. One the same survey, Grant County ranked first in the State for High School students use of painkillers to get high, 23 percent.
Community members can learn more about youth substance abuse and share their concerns at the Coalition’s upcoming Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Global Resource Center Auditorium on Western New Mexico University campus, corner of 12th Street and Florida Street. The Town Hall includes a panel of community members to address concerns and answer participants’ questions, if necessary. The community is urged to attend.
YSAPC is a program of the Health Council, the Health and Wellness Planning Authority of the Grant County Board of Commissioners and is supported by Gila Regional Medical Center.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:21
Silver City, New Mexico, April 25, 2014: Grant County Community Health Council is pleased to welcome Chris DeBolt as its new coordinator. DeBolt is the first coordinator who has previously served as a member of the Health Council; she represented the Rural Health sector on the Council.
Debolt said, “My time as a Health Council member has given me a real advantage. I have a good understanding of the community leaders and what to expect to make it a meaningful membership thereby continuing the Council’s success.”
A nine year resident of San Lorenzo, DeBolt serves on the Mimbres Valley Health Action League, a community group dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Mimbres Valley through local based programs focused on health and well-being for all ages.
DeBolt‘s efforts as a Health Council member, last year, were crucial in the continuation of the Mimbres Health Fair, which had its highest attendance to date. She also helped coordinate the 2012 Community Assessment “Your Home, Your Voice!” focus groups and survey outreach to the Mimbres Valley, which resulted in the highest participation levels yet from that region of the County.
Her first order of business is to present the compiled results of the Community Assessment to the municipalities and rural areas that participated, which offers insights into the residents’ priorities and concerns. Next, with the help of the Health Council, she will be finalizing the Community Health and Wellness Plan that outlines the community’s efforts to mobilize resources and affect policies thereby increasing the quality of life in Grant County.
The previous 2007 Health and Wellness Plan leveraged over $15 million by community partners and the Health Council, funds which directly addressed the needs of residents from the previous community assessment. The Health Council expects record breaking funds to be leveraged with the results of the 2012 Community Assessment, which had the highest participation rate in the State and broke the previous record held by Bernalillo County.
Health Council Chair, Priscilla Lucero said of DeBolt, “I think she’s a fantastic lady who has had great success representing the Rural Sector. Debolt will use that expertise as coordinator of the Health Council to raise more awareness of the rural areas of our county.” Lucero represents the Economic Development Sector on the Health Council in her position of Executive Director of the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments.
DeBolt will serve in a dual capacity as the Health Council Coordinator and the Director of Community Health Partnership for Gila Regional Medical Center. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling, both received from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
“My years of experience in community mental health, social services, and substance abuse treatment, grant writing and administrative experiences gives me great insight to the improvements the Health Council wants to make,” added Debolt.
The Health Council is the Health and Wellness Planning Authority of the Grant County Board of Commissioners and supported by Gila Regional Medical Center.
The Health Council next meets on Monday, June 16, 2014, from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Grant County Administrative Center, 1400 Hwy 180 East. The meeting is open to the public, with a section available for public input.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:10