BSAN Meeting Notes – Sept 26, 2014

Burke Substance Abuse Network Meeting Notes – September 26, 2014

Fifty-six people were present at the Morganton Community House for breakfast at 7:30 am. Renee Lewis gave the invocation.

Jim opened the meeting with BSAN announcements:

Kate B. Reynolds Healthy Places – Through this initiative, the KBR Trust plans to invest $100 million in 10 to 15 counties over the next decade on community-driven health improvement efforts that engage unlikely partners from multiple sectors. Burke County is the fifth county working with the Trust to implement the Healthy Places NC initiative.

To launch the work in the community, the Trust is collaborating with local organizations including the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, Burke County Government, Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge, Community Foundation of Burke County and Western Piedmont Community College to convene two public forums to hear from community members about what they think Burke County needs to improve health and health care. BSAN members are invited and encouraged to attend one of the following public forums:

  • Tuesday, October 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church Hildebran.
  • Wednesday, October 22 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Morganton Community House.

The forums are free and open to anyone in the community. A light meal will be served. For more information about Healthy Places NC or to RSVP to the forums contact Robin DeVane at or 336-397-5521.

CHS Blue Ridge Men’s Health Fair – Scheduled for Thursday, October 2 at Foothills Higher Education Center from 7:30 to 11:30am.

Youth Video – Sheriff Steve Whisenant offered an update on the awareness video. There has been a lot of input contributing to this 20 minute video. Unifour Productions is finalizing edits. The Burke County school board has agreed to allow the video into middle school programming.

Underage Drinking – Jim VanHecke announced that the ABC has received an allocation from the state to target middle school aged youth with prevention messaging. The News Herald article at this LINK highlights the programs priorities and efforts.

Recovery Month – Jim VanHecke and John Alspaugh reported successful Recovery Month events during September, including County and municipal proclamations, Broughton Hospital Recovery Day, Burke County Family Day, Workshop on opiate addiction focusing on pregnant mothers, local radio programming and a number of presentations in area churches.

NCCI – Rhonda Cook updated the group in the coalition training, which was held in Asheville this month. Jim VanHecke, Rhonda Cook, and Matikia Robinson attended. BSAN reported our one-on-one survey results, information on environmental scans, prioritized action items, and will be continuing to seek data with the help of BSAN members. Rhonda thanked those who have already contributed to this important work and asked for volunteers to assist in collecting more information on their own neighborhoods, contributing to a more thorough set of environmental scans.

Peak to Creek Lisa more reminded BSAN that BCACD’s marathon fundraiser is set for October 25th at Jonas Ridge and asked for volunteers and general support.

Guest Speaker – Jim VanHecke introduced our guest speaker, Burke County Commissioner Johnny Carswell, who shared his family’s heartfelt personal story and thanked Burke Substance Abuse members for the work they are doing in our community.

The group was reminded that the next meeting will be Friday, October 31, 2014.

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