Monday, March 24, 2014

Our Community. Our Health. Our Future

Van Buren County SAFE Coalition in collaboration with the Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council Members and the federal government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking will hold “Our Community. Our Health. Our Future” – a Town Hall Meeting with parents, students, law enforcement, community members and health professionals to discuss underage drinking prevention. This event will start conversations, educate our community and encourage change that will make our community the best that it can be! Everyone is invited to attend!

Underage drinking is a pressing public health concern that affects the health and well-being of our nation’s youth, their families and our community. Underage drinking contributes to a range of costly health and social problems, including traffic fatalities, suicide, physical and sexual assault, brain impairment, alcohol dependence, academic problems and alcohol and drug poisoning. Underage drinking costs U.S. citizens an estimated $62.0 billion in 2010 for related medical care, work loss and associated pain and suffering.

This event will not only focus on underage drinking but also youth marijuana and youth tobacco use. More and more states are legalizing the use of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational uses and this is sending a message to youth that marijuana is “ok”. Youth Leadership Council members want to take a stand against this and have a community discussion about how we can stop this growing trend from having a detrimental effect on the youth of Van Buren County.

WHO: If you are a student, parent, grandparent, teacher, coach, city official, health care professional, or just a concerned citizen you should plan to attend this event! Your service to our community is valuable and we hope you are able to attend to learn more about what is happening in or community.

WHAT: Our Community. Our Health. Our Future. Will be structured with roundtable conversations, large group sharing and keynote presenters. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their thoughts related to these topics as well as suggestions or recommendations for strategies to make Van Buren County a SAFE place to live.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Doors open at 6pm and the presentation will begin at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be provided

WHERE: Roberts Memorial Center, Keosauqua, IA

ADDITIONAL INFO: Free childcare will be provided

For additional information about the event please contact the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or email at

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