Lake Tahoe Collaborative
May 13, 2013
2. Approve April Minutes
3. Introductions and Announcements
a. Tina Barna, Choices for Children. Day of the Young Child is “on” for June 15. There are 42 participants. She has English and Spanish flyers available. Contact her if you need some or if you’d like to help/volunteer.
b. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free. They had a successful Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness month. The t-shirts for the clothes line project were displayed in front of the office. 120 t-shirts were made. Commissioner Sullivan was touched by it and will have a display at the court.
c. Suzanne Perry. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who is new to the area and getting acquainted with the community.
d. Kristin Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point. They have some upcoming community service projects on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
e. Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services. They have just finished training with 8 new foster or adoptive families. Two families have new children in their homes. They are still in recruitment mode for new families. They have hired a new social worker. They just had a lovely open house on Friday.
f. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services. They are significantly busier than normal for this time of year, especially with counseling. They are closed on Fridays for the summer. The crisis line is always open and the drop in center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1pm-5pm.
g. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe. It is construction season. Projects include new sidewalks on Pioneer and the Bijou water project. Caltrans is at work. The Aspens project is being constructed at Pioneer and Ski Run. It is the last low income housing project of its size that will be constructed in South Shore for about the next 20 years. She sent a letter opposing Amiano’s AB5, Homeless Bill of Rights. It is a well-intentioned bill requiring public restrooms 24 hours a day without addressing mental health issues. She feels that the State is going at the issue backwards by not addressing core issues. Cities are seeing it as an unfunded mandate.
h. Peggy Wright, Barton Health. Census has picked up (the number of patients is picking up).
i. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health. Epic (the new computer system) is up and running. “Moms Morning Out” event two Saturdays ago was very successful. 175 ladies came out for pampering and educational booths. Look for it next year. Free Student Sports Physicals for school athletes and Pop Warner, Monday June 3 from 5:30-7pm, visit “bartonhealth.org.”
j. Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center. They are getting closer to being able to serve females. A 20 hour a week mental health position has been filled.
k. Arturo Rangel, Lake Tahoe Community College & Family Resource Center & Latino Affairs Commission.
LTCC: Cal Works is supporting the Career Fair tomorrow from 11-1 in the main commons area. This will be a good opportunity for your clients to meet with employers. There will be a booth at the entrance with a career counselor from the college to help with resumes. Across state, the Cal Works numbers are down.
FRC: Cinco de Mayo was very successful. Thank you for attending and participating. The Male Support Group is very strong. Each week there are 10-15 Hispanic males. They discuss depression, anxiety, things that affect males and females. The Women’s Support Group is seeing about 25 women each day. In the last few weeks, there has been an exponential increase in people wanting services, especially males.
Latino Affairs Commission: In the last mast month and a half, Latinos in community came together to brainstorm how to get the Latino Affairs Commission back. They have been meeting for a couple of months. They have decided that because of the Brown Act, they will have a committee, and not a commission. They have sub-committees (legal affairs, housing, recreation) and soon a representative will meet with your agency to talk about issues.
l. Penny Smart, Children’s Health Initiative. She and Veronica are promoting the Dental Van and connecting families with health care. Veronica has been doing oral health education.
m. Elizabeth Ferry-Perata, Together We Grow. No updates.
n. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District. They are getting new fare boxes. June 19th at 2pm they are hosting a Regional Coordinating Council to discuss transportation issues.
o. Liz Maul, Lake Tahoe Humane Society. They just moved their office to 870 Emerald Bay Road, Suite 104. They are no longer at 1221 Emerald Bay Road. They still have the same services such as the emergency pet food bank, spay/neuter assistance, vouchers for vet services and disaster services program for pets. They will be leading an Animal Art Adventure Camp at LTCC this summer.
p. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society. They have officially wrapped up their winter programs. There will be summer activities such as yoga, hikes, stand up paddle, and nutrition. They are always looking for volunteers.
q. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Branch Library. They are finishing up story time season, with the last day on June 21. Jeanne Houston will be speaking at the library May 14th at 5pm. “Farewell to Manzanar” describes her first ten years in USA in an internment camp. They have summer programs, performers every Friday and a reading rewards program. June 25th at 6pm Leon Malmed will discuss his escape from the holocaust in France, “We Survived: At Last I Speak,”
r. Amanda Morozumi, Court Appointed Special Advocates. They are holding a training for six trainees now.
s. Heidi Hill Drum, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association & Parasol. She is a local mom. Her oldest attends the Bijou Immersion program and her youngest goes to story time at the library. Her husband volunteers with TAMBA and last leg of the trail is being constructed. South Lake Tahoe lost a contest to win a $30,000 grant to finish that last leg. Go online to become a member, “www.mountainbiketahoe.org”
She’s volunteering with Parasol Foundation. There is a donor advised fund you can apply for any time, visit “www.parasol.org”. If your organization has a specific project, fill out the application, and if any of their donors are interested in funding it, they will. They are thinking of expanding to a building in the South Shore, if you’re interested, let her know.
t. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College. The Visioning is Saturday June 8 in the Board Room from 8am-1pm. She encourages everyone who can to come and plan the vision for the college. SB329 is trying to restore the good neighbor policy with Nevada. It has been made into a two year bill and they are meeting with Nevada to pass it.
u. Sabrina Owen-Balme, El Dorado County Mental Health. They have two service sites in town. The senior center site, where wellness clients are seen, is having issues that are being worked on.
Currently, they are having public meetings for future mental health program planning for services, see flyer. Give your say on how your tax dollars are spent. If you’d like to submit questions or comments, contact her. The Emergency Room is seeing crises cases. There are new positions being filled.
v. Deirdre Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education. State Preschool and Head Start programs are wrapping up their program year. Next year’s recruitment schedule and flyers are available, contact her.
w. Karen Houser, Boys and Girls Club Lake Tahoe. They are wrapping up their program year at the beginning of June. They are recruiting for summer programs. Tomorrow evening is a fundraiser, “Spirit of Spring”, $40 from 7-9:30 at Edgewood, sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirit.
x. Kristi Boosman, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (not present). She dropped off handouts for “Get Defensive” and “Aquatic Invasive Species.”
y. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Unified School District & Tahoe Magic.
LTUSD: Two long-time music teachers are retiring, JJ Clause and Linda Kurek. A retirement celebration is scheduled for Friday at 5pm at South Tahoe High School. The administration is busy hiring new teachers and principals.
Tahoe Magic: There is an incredible need right now. Please remember to only go through referring agencies for assistance.
4. Special Update: “Vaccine Safety Education”
Lynnan Svensson, RN, BSN, PHN
Supervising Public Health Nurse
MCAH Program Director
El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency
firstname.lastname@example.org (530) 621-6185
Josefina Solano, BS
El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency
Public Health Division – Children Medical Services
email@example.com (530) 573-3165
Josefina: Alicia Paris-Pombo, the new Health Officer, is onboard. She will attend LTC soon to introduce herself.
Lynnan: She circulated the handouts, “Vaccine Importance and Safety,” “Vaccine Safety: 10 Facts for Parents,” “Immunizations for Babies,” and “Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens, Age 11-19 Years.”
The immunization rates are pretty low in El Dorado County compared to other places in California. She spoke about why immunizations are important. She wants to highlight medical problems.
Why immunizations are important. On the list of Public Health’s greatest achievements, immunizations are the second most important. Clean water is the only thing more important in our country. We want to get healthy and eradicate diseases such as polio. Polio still is in other parts of the world and can be contracted from travelling or coming into contact with someone from another part of the world.
The next slide is the iron lung ward in 1952.
Tetanus is found in the soil and we’ll be exposed to it for all time. It enters our body through wounds.
Neonatal tetanus kills most babies who get it. Say you have a home birth and things aren’t as sterile as they should be or if the umbilical cord is packed with dirt, the baby can get it. Babies will get some protection if the mother has been vaccinated. The mother to baby protection starts to wane at about 6 months from breast milk.
Diptheria is really nasty and caused by bacteria. It kills 1 in 10. It forms a membrane coating on the throat that can suffocate an individual.
Medical intervention comes with risk and we need to understand the benefits and risks to make informed decisions.
Pertussis: Recently we had a Pertussis outbreak in California. We had more reported cases in 2010 than in the past 60 years combined. Now, we recommended each woman get vaccinated each pregnancy for pertussis. Pertussis is whooping cough, a non-stop exhausting cough which can break ribs.
Hib Infection: Mostly affects young children.
Measles: There has been a recent outbreak of measles. An unvaccinated child contracted and carried measles and spread it to others in San Diego. On a herd immunity level, vaccinations help keep the group safe. Europe has a high rate of measles right now.
There are a lot of complications with each disease, such as hearing loss with measles.
Congenital Rubella Syndrome causes a 80-90% chance of a birth defect if the baby gets in utero or at birth.
Mumps is very painful. A child becomes very sick. Males may get swelling of the testicles or sterility. It is more serious for adults than children.
Chickenpox: 100 children were dying per year from chickenpox prior to the vaccination. As an adult, chickenpox can be very dangerous. Chickenpox of a newborn can make them very sick.
Hepatitis B: Hep B virus can stay outside the body in blood for up to a week.
What do all of these pictures have in common? All of these people have diseases that are preventable.
Impact of vaccines: Vaccine preventable diseases have decreased as a result of vaccines.
HIB Meningitis: In 1987 there were 20,000 cases, in 1985 a vaccine was introduced and in 1997, there were only 183 cases.
What if we stopped vaccinating? The germs are only a boat or plane ride away or they still exist in our country.
In 1971-1974 there were 400 cases of Pertussis in Japan. They stopped vaccinating and from 1975-1979 there were 13,000 cases.
In Russia in1989 there were 900 cases of diphtheria, and then in 1994 there were 50,000 cases.
If enough people are vaccinated against a disease then the disease cannot spread into their community. This is called herd immunity.
In summary, immunizations are important because: they bring about protection against disease, preventing is better than treating ($, time, worry), they help with the problem of drug resistance, an immunized community provides herd immunity, if we stopped immunizations, diseases would return.
So, why are we concerned in El Dorado County? From 2000 to 2008, our vaccinations rates went down. Personal belief exemptions are high in El Dorado County, at 2.5% times the state average. She gathered all the data from Kindergarten immunization records and figured out where the hot spots were and surveyed parents. She did 152 parent surveys, 94% of respondents were female, 70% had Medi-Cal for insurance, 96% vaccinated their children—28% of these created their own vaccination schedule, most parents received vaccine information from the doctor and the second location noted was the Health Department, 42% had concerns over resulting fever after vaccinations, 24% feel there are too many vaccines in the pediatric schedule, only 29% of parents would feel safe sending their child to a school with a low vaccination rate but 74% feel individuals should be able to decline vaccination due to philosophical objections.
Addressing Parent Concerns is something her department is working on. There is no study to show a link between autism and vaccinations. There are many people/groups fighting vaccines, such as Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Wakefield, and Green our Vaccines.
Dr. Wakefield has a European study published that caused problems because studies were faulty.
Caregiver Concerns: There is the same amount of aluminum in breast milk as a vaccine. Thimerosal is no longer an ingredient in children’s vaccines. There are more vaccines given to children these days, however, they’re better engineered than in the past.
In Summary: Vaccines save lives, the benefits of vaccination outweigh risks of serious side-effects, El Dorado County has low school-age vaccination rates, vaccines are safer today than ever before, parents and the community need education to dispel any myths and understand why vaccination is necessary, parents with questions need counseling from a trusted medical source, and community support is needed.
Do your part to as a partner in the community. Contact her with questions/comments and refer families to the information in the handouts.
5. Special Update: “South Tahoe Middle School Anti-Bullying Programs”
Beth Delacour, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org (530) 541-6404 x280
Beth handed out, “A Multi Approach to Bullying at STMS, 2012-2013.”
Bulling has been both a national topic and a hot topic in the last few years.
When we have an assembly and ask student, “Have you ever been bullied?” Most kids stand up. When we ask kids, “Have you ever bullied?” Most kids sit down.
There is a Teen Truth Live grant. A person gave cameras to students to talk about issues with the kids. Then, we present the videos to the students to initiate discussions. Melba Beals, at age 65, came talk to the group. She is a member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who were the first to integrate with Anglo students at Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. Teen Truth live shows Columbine and it starts the conversation and asks, “What can we do about this?”
In the handout, there is a copy of the pretest and posttest we give the kids every year. Depending on what your vision of what bullying the answers to this test shifts when we give it to kids each year. The following pages are the answers and statistics.
What is Bullying? “Bullying is any aggressive, intentional behavior meant to hurt or humiliate someone else. Bullying involves an imbalance of power and strength,” (p.24 “Teen Truth: Bullying & School Violence handout). See the handout for examples of bullying. Most of us are familiar with physical bullying; however, it also involves spreading rumors, intimidation, teasing, insulting, threats, cyber-bullying, and impersonation.
It is normal for middle school youth to wonder, “Do I have friends? Do I fit in?”
At South Tahoe Middle School, we have assemblies on bullying, drugs and alcohol, and body image. We had Aaron Christopher host a “Difference Maker Summit.”
Suzy: We pulled out 7th grade student leaders for a day and they came up with what the primary issues are on campus. They are most concerned about use of drugs and alcohol, name calling, racism. An action to take is to be aware and pay attention (we don’t notice the kid who is invisible) or do something about the bully. Another action is to be more courageous. The students had a plan to address name calling, they’d commit to tell others, “We don’t do that here” if they were name calling. A second option could be to get a buddy and talk to the name caller. The group also offered support and group awareness to educate the whole school.
We picked 7th graders because we will be able to work with them for two years. To date, they have implemented most of these things.
They took “How Full is your Bucket?” a children’s book. We designed invisible buckets over our heads. All the staff had a bucket, and then the leadership students had a bucket. We saw a change of climate and culture in the students via this activity. We have certain kids that this is the only kind word they get all day, and they’d check their bucket many times a day looking for kind words and to be noticed. We are looking at continuing this next year.
Each leader took this and made a program called “Kindness Counts.” The idea is that You Don’t have to Blow Out My Light to Make Yours Brighter. We are getting big themes to bring these How To Be Kind Efforts forward.
Beth: Are we a 100% bully free zone? No. Will we ever be? No.
Manny Scott was a Freedom Writer. He tells story about his bad days and how to turn the page in your book to get a different outcome. He emails and texts the kids. Community relationships created this program.
We have an Advisory Program where 6-8th graders come together in a room. The goal is for them to help and support each other. We have seen examples of how this is working.
We ask the students, “Do you feel comfortable talking to your advisory teacher on Thursday once per month?” 76% yes, so this speaks highly of the staff. We want kids to have another parent, to be held accountable by someone else, act as a gentle persuader, for this adult to advocate for the kid so that no kid gets lost in the shuffle. This advisory teacher has the student for three years. We want every kid to have five people on campus that can help them and they can trust.
Sprigeo (#805-284-9435 or http://report.sprigeo.com/district/lake-tahoe-unified) is a phone number where a student can anonymously report bullying. The report goes to the administration immediately and the staff gets together to discuss and deal with the issue.
This school year, the Assistant Principal has had 1603 student contacts the 1st trimester, and 1619 contacts 2nd trimester. Student contacts mean we’re communicating with kids. It could mean we’re helping and does not always involve discipline.
We provide drug free positive lifestyle choices for students. We believe that busy kids are positive kids. We offer ice skating, dance, sports, woodshop, AVID, leadership, dance, etc. to students. Some kids can’t get involved as they have family commitments. We are trying as best we can so they can get involved. When they’re involved they’re connected to the community.
TTV is a communication tool we use each morning. The videos are made by students to communicate to their peers.
Our Key Messages, are that we urge school students NOT to hurt their classmates by bullying them; to pay attention to how your actions impact others; before you tease someone, put yourself in that person’s shoes and think about how you would feel; stand up for bullied classmates and get help from an adult!
I love this quote by Erahm Christopher, TTV film maker, “Look around you! Everyone in your class copes with the same stress of school, parents, relationships and the future. No one needs added stress from bullying. Work together to make the 4 years in high school the best they can be, not just for you, but for everyone!”
When kids promote from 8th to 9th grade, we ask them, “If you’re not making a difference, what are you doing?”
6. 2:30 PM Adjourn
7. 2:30PM Drug Free Communities Meeting, 1100 Lyons Avenue
8. Next Lake Tahoe Collaborative Retreat — June 10, 2013
12-2pm Aspen Room, Lake Tahoe Community College
***Please bring food to share for lunch. Drinks and plates/utensils/napkins will be provided.