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Priority: Community Safety

New Mexico has the highest rate of personal injury in the nation, and Grant County has a higher rate of injuries than the state's average. To lower the rate inuries in our community the Health Council works with partners on serious community safety issues including:

Emergency Preparedness:

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Plans For Packs:

A program to educate 4th Graders on Emergency Preparedness with the Grant County Emergency Planner and the Department of Homeland Security in the first quarter of 2011. Both Cobre and Silver School Districts participated with 357 students received education on preparedness and backpacks filled with supplies to get their families ready for emergencies. Read more on our Highlights Page!

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Handwashing Clinics at Schools:

During the H1N1 Flu outbreak, the Health Council partnered with the Public Health Department to host handwashing clinics at all the public and private schools in Grant County so children received a hands-on lesson in hygiene to help prevent the spread of germs and the flu.

Health Council's Youth and Family Community Health Advocate, Rachel Kutcher said the hand washing clinics were helpful, “because children can't see microscopic germs, they don't always understand that their hands can appear clean, but still carry germs.” During the hand washing clinics, children rub a florescent lotion on their hands; wash their hands as usual, and then a florescent light reveals glowing spots children missed when washing. “Using the lotion to simulate germs on their hands helps them to see how germs stick to their skin and how easily they spread."

 

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Ready, Set, Safe Grant County!

With an award from the National Library of Medicine, the Health Council hosted a community safety fair in April 2011. Over 17 agencies from around the county turned out to educate our community on how to lead safer lives. The main focus of the event was defensible space after the devastation of the recent Quail Ridge Fire, which claimed 13 homes.

 

Services for Individuals with Disabilities:

The Health Council works with a variety of groups and community members to expand resources and access to services for individuals with disabilities.

Click below for our new Disabilities Resource Directory 2016 which includes local, state and national resources.

Please click below to download the Grant County Health and Wellness Plan for Community Safety focused on Disabilities:

 Disabilities Resource Center

Disabilities Advisory Council:

The Health Council is the managing board of the Grant County Disability Advisory Council (DAC). DAC has been working on many exciting projects including a County disabilities resource directory and held the grand opening of the Grant County Disabilities Resource Center. Pictured are some of the DAC members at the Disability Resource Center.

 

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The Grant County Disabilities Center:

Grant County Disability Advisory Council (DAC) pooled resources to fill the Center with equipment for the community. Western New Mexico University was able to secure a grant for $42,000 for assistive equipment lending library from New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP) from the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities. WNMU Assistant Professor Patti West-Okiri, MSW, says, “Special populations, including veterans, the elderly, and the disabled have challenges that are unique…and make the cost and travel required to access some resources out of reach.  The Disabilities Resource Center is one way we can comGrant County Disability Advisory Council (DAC) pooled resources to fill the Center with equipment for the community. Western New Mexico University secured a grant for $42,000 for assistive equipment lending library from New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP) from the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities. WNMU Assistant Professor Patti West-Okiri, MSW, says, “Special populations, including veterans, the elderly, and the disabled have challenges that are unique…and make the cost and travel required to access some resources out of reach.  The Disabilities Resource Center is one way we can come together as a community to meet those needs.”

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2016 10:47

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