The City of St. Joseph Health Department Maternal and Child Health (MCH) grant focuses on preventing and reducing the impact of toxic stress while building resilience in adolescents’ ages 15-19 years to prevent and reduce intentional injury related to substance use. The funding supports a variety of activities, including advocating for a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Buchanan County (expanding on the City PDMP); supporting compliance checks for alcohol/tobacco sales; promoting Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) awareness and education; working with parent groups, youth organizations, child care facilities and the public to increase awareness; promote proper use of child passenger safety seats; “It Only Takes One” teen driver education; “First Impact” parent education; and marketing strategies. Through the grant, every elementary school student in Buchanan County schools participating in Red Ribbon Week activities has been provided a new Red Ribbon Week pencil and schools received Red Ribbon Week banners and posters; schools were supplied outdoor signs for safe driving campaigns; we supported high school Drug Free Super STARs programs; and joined other partners to present “Docudrama” outreach events to regional high schools.
A growing component of the MCH program is the development of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) awareness and training in our area. We have partnered with Jean West, school social worker with the St. Joseph School District (SJSD), to promote ACE’s to schools, agencies, and medical providers.