As you may have seen in the local paper, the Rice County Growing Up Healthy Coalition is ONE of THREE finalists for the statewide InCommons collaboration prize. More than 200 coalitions and collaborative efforts started in the competition and its down to the final three. Growing Up Healthy is a coalition of community organizations and neighborhood leaders seeking to increase the level of community connectedness experienced by marginalized families in Rice County.
InCommons is now asking for votes on which of the three finalists should be selected as this year’s winner — the finalist with the most votes by Friday, December 10 will receive $25,000!
Needless to say, $25,000 would be an incredible contribution to this grassroots effort that runs on a shoestring budget. I hope you will please take 60 seconds and vote for the Growing Up Healthy Coalition. The process is super easy:
Click on the check mark next to Growing Up Healthy
A page will pop up—create a Username, include your First and Last name, and an email address (and complete the image verification) in order to have your vote counted. You may click “I do not want to receive emails from InCommons.org” to opt out of emails from them.
It will tell you that an email has been sent to you. Go to your email and follow the instructions to complete the “creation” of your official account and the confirmation of your vote. It is very important that your vote is confirmed! You may only vote once with a given email address. And once you have voted, please encourage other people in your network to vote!
I’d also encourage you to watch the video on the Growing Up Healthy coalition that’s posted on the InCommons website above (click on the filmstrip) — it’s a very impressive collaboration!
I had a bottle of Oxycodone from my 2008 rotator cuff surgery that I never used so I was eager to get rid of it today, given the prevalence of theft from household medicine cabinets that contribute to the drug abuse problem. (Note that any pharmaceuticals can be placed in the Box. See, for example, last week’s environmental news about the problem of feminized male fish in the Mississippi River, "a problem linked to women’s birth control pills and other hormone treatments.")
Take it to the box- A prescription drug disposal program will start on Tuesday September 22, 2009. This program will feature two drop boxes in Rice County. One will be at the Northfield Police Department and the other at F aribault P.D. The public will be able to come to the police station and place their unused, unneeded prescription drugs in a drop box in the police station lobby. This is an anonymous program encouraging person(s) to remove their name from labels, leaving the drug name to aid us in safe disposal. Two of the main goals of this program are; safe disposal will impact/reduce opportunities for drugs falling into the wrong hands, leading to drug abuse. Secondly, safe disposal ensures drugs do not end up in landfills, city water, etc. having an environmental impact. The box will be available during all hours.