Understanding Addiction – (Part 2 of an Educational Video Series)

U.W. Madison-Extension of Forest County is partnering with the Community Coalition of Forest County and its many members  to offer activities and education to all age groups and cultures in our diverse county to improve the health and well-being of our residents with a focus on substance abuse prevention and building resiliency.  

Check out the second video in the 4-part Mental Health and Substance Use educational series. Part 2 focuses on brain science as it relates to addiction. This video features Brian Schultz, a retired pharmacist from Forest county with his science-based perspective on how the brain is involved in the development of addiction and substance use problems. 

Look for the entire 4-part video series featuring conversations with Forest County professionals who will share their knowledge, experience, and resources.  

- Mental Health and Mental Illness Basics (released in July) with Lynn McCorkle and Mary Thornton  

- Understanding Addiction (released in September) with Brian Schultz  

- Trauma and Stress its Impact on Youth and Adults (Sept. release) TBD  

- Wellness and Stress Reduction (Sept. release) TBD  

The videos are posted at both the U.W. Madison-Division of Extension -Forest County and the Community Coalition of Forest County websites.  

Learn more about the current and upcoming programs and services of UW-Madison Division of Extension Forest County at http://forest.extension.wisc.edu or call 715.478-7797.   

Community Coalition of Forest County Receives Awards

Forest County has once again proven that it is ahead of many other Wisconsin counties in the area of substance abuse prevention.

In a virtual ceremony on July 1, 2020, Marshfield Clinic Health Systems Northwoods Coalition, a conglomerate of community coalitions dedicated to substance abuse prevention, presented four awards to The Community Coalition of Forest County (CCFC) and their members:

Prevention Coalition of Excellence Award

To CCFC for significant improvements to a community in the area of prevention. The CCFC has long brought passion and drive to the many prevention programs and community partnerships in which they have been involved.

Innovative Prevention Program

To CCFC for their participation in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2019 Prevention Week held May 12-19, 2019.

The week included a Prevention Parade, a Recovery Walk, and a cookout that included speeches from local authorities. All of these events engaged community youth and both local tribes, Forest County Potawatomi and Sokaogon Chippewa.

Outstanding Prevention Professional Award

To Jorge Cisneros for his strong passion to make a difference in people’s lives. Jorge has changed lives by sharing his own personal story about recovery and continues to promote “Good Medicine” and using cultural ways to help people heal.

Jorge works tirelessly to lead planning for prevention events, and represents the Forest County Potawatomi Tribes prevention efforts in Coalition meetings. He initiated “See Something/Say Something, Stop the Dealing, Start the Healing,” and worked with the jail population to teach and advocate for resources to help people successfully transition into the community.

AmeriCorps Member of Distinction

To Elizabeth Mary Thornton for serving two terms as a Marshfield Clinic Health Systems AmeriCorps Recovery Corps recovery coach for the Community Coalition of Forest County. Her accomplishments include supporting many community events, being an advocate to help people make positive changes in their lives, assisting Laona School’s Guidance Counselor Jason Bertrand with the implementation of the BOTVIN LifeSkills program, and helping form a transition team to address the needs of the jail population. She continues to serve in her community and has signed on for another year of service for CCFC.

Congratulations to this amazing group of individuals and community members!

MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY COALITION OF FOREST COUNTY (CCFC)

The CCFC) is a 501 (3) (c) Non-Profit Organization that was formed in 2008 for the purpose of informing and engaging all age groups and cultures in our diverse county in a collaborative effort to measurably improve the health and well-being of our residents with a focus on substance abuse and prevention. The CCFC meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Currently these meetings are virtual due to Covid-19.

Extension Partners with the Community Coalition of Forest County

In a 4-part video series offered by the Community Coalition of Forest County we are focusing on:

-understanding mental health and mental illness

-understanding addiction and current drug use trends in Forest County and Wisconsin

-understanding trauma and stress its impact on youth and adults

-wellness and stress reduction activities and local mental health resources.

We will be calling on local people and professionals from Forest County to share their knowledge, experience, and resources. In this first video of this series Lynn McCorkle of Crandon and Mary Thornton of Laona help us to understand the components of mental health and recognize signs that we or others in our life are struggling and may need help

2020 Northwoods Coalition Awards Ceremony

On July 1, 2020, the Northwoods Coalition announced their 2020 awards virtually and we are excited to share the following awards:

Prevention Coalition of Excellence Award: Community Coalition of Forest County

Innovative Prevention Program: Community Coalition of Forest County for our participation in SAMSHA’s 2019 Prevention Week

Outstanding Prevention Professional Award: Jorge Cisneros

AmeriCorps Member of Distinction: Elizabeth Mary Thornton

Congratulations to this amazing group of individuals and community members!

Poster Contest Winners Announced!

Thanks to all who submitted artwork for the 2020 Prevention Week Poster Contest!

Armstrong Creek 1st Place: Quinn Cassidy

Crandon Community 1st place: Lauren Littleton
Crandon Community 2nd Place: Paisley Crum
Crandon Community 3rd Place: Kadyn Kincaid

Laona Community 1st Place:  Victoria Winkelman

Wabeno Community 1st Place:  Jaycee Mae Harris
Wabeno Community 2nd Place:  Willard Jon Harris

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We’ll be sharing the posters online this week – they are sure to put a smile on your face! #Prevention Happens Here

Parenting Online

Join us for eParenting Little Ones and/or Raising High Tech Kids: Surviving and Thriving Online Courses!

  • eParenting Little Ones- for parents and caregivers with children 0-5 years old by Julia Erickson, HDR Educator with Forest County Potawatomi
  • Raising High Tech Kids- for parents and caregivers with children 6-17 years old by Tierany Rugg, HDR Educator for Florence County

To register: https://forms.gle/BcoFzK1Ufgp72e6v6 or scan the QR code with your phones camera, we look forward to seeing you!

2020 Prevention Poster Contest

The Community Coalition of Forest County is excited to announce it is sponsoring a 2020 Prevention Poster Contest.  The theme of the poster contest is “What a Healthy Forest County Looks Like” and is open to all Forest County youth ages 5-18. 

Due to the generosity of our Coalition partners, cash prizes will be awarded to youth in four communities:  Armstrong Creek, Crandon, Laona and Wabeno.  Entries need to be submitted online.  If you need assistance submitting the artwork online, please contact Michelle Gobert at 715-478-5908.