Petition supports Family Resource Network

ELKINS – A petition is circulating to garner support for the Randolph County Family Resource Network in the wake of budget cuts proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The petition, which was designed to help the organization survive the budget cuts, was circulated at the America’s Promise Coalition meeting at the Randolph County Health Department Tuesday.

Tomblin’s proposed state budget, which is set to be voted on in March at the end of the current legislative session, would cut funding to several child-oriented services in Randolph County. The Randolph County Family Resource Network would have funding cut by 8.5 percent, and Women’s Aid in Crisis funding would be cut by 14.3 percent.

A survey was also passed out at Tuesday’s meeting seeking feedback on different aspects of the Randolph County Family Resource Network, such as how the organization collaborates with the community, if it represents a favorable political and social climate and whether or not the organization has skilled leadership, shared vision and unique purpose.

Becky Smith of the FRN said the survey could help show legislators how well the organization interacts and serves its community.

Also discussed at Tuesday’s meeting:

– Sarah Adkins, family service specialist and options coordinator for Youth Health Service, updated the Coalition on the National Drug Facts Week activities in January.

Despite the wintry weather, Adkins was able to visit schools within Randolph County during the week. The decision-based curriculum was used to teach children to be drug-free and make healthy choices. Adkins said that two elementary school classes participated in a poster contest, where students made their own drug prevention poster designs.

– Judy McCauley of Appalachian Community Health Center discussed the “Talk About Touching” curriculum and how Partners in Prevention is preparing an activity book for children regarding touching. It focuses on teaching children the importance of telling someone about unwelcome touching as well as telling them with whom to speak. The program would also detail safety and prevention tactics.

– Kris Kimble talked about Tobacco Free Day, which is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Charleston, followed by the Tobacco Prevention Conference on Feb. 25-26. Kimble said that Feb. 24 will be a major lobby day and conference promoting anti-tobacco legislation and awareness. She said all 55 counties will be represented.

– Jeremy Wanless, of Change the Future West Virginia, talked about a free training session teaching participants to become a Community Health Education Resource Person (CHERP) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 11-12 at Glenville State College Science Hall, Room 107.

The training will focus on educating participants to help neighbors gain access to improved health care and how to help others develop a healthier lifestyle. The program is open to all individuals 18 years or older and no prior health care experience is required.

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