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MyTOWN Coalition meetings continue this week

March 5, 2014

Last night, residents met in the first of 2 meetings from the My TOWN Coalition about underage drinking in our community.

TOWN stands for Transforming Our Wellness Now, and Chair Kurtis Dawson said that the coalition was formed in 2013 with the goal of raising awareness of underage drinking in Grays Harbor, starting the conversation in Hoquiam.

In November, a survey was taken with residents on the highest priorities. Over 700 of these surveys were returned, and the data was compiled. Last night, roundtable discussions were held with those in attendance, including parents, students, staff, and the coalition to discuss possibilities for the future.

The next step is to once again come to the community in March, before they develop a strategic plan in May, and begin to take action in July.

Funding for the coalition comes from the State’s Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery and communities are chosen based on their needs and more importantly, their readiness to address community change.

Dawson said in November, “Although Hoquiam was identified as a high need community; we see this as an opportunity to make a positive change and transform the health of the whole Harbor.”

The next meeting to discuss options with community members and the coalition is Thursday starting at 6:30 at Hoquiam Middle School.

More information is available on Facebook at myTOWNcoalition.


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