OCCC Subcommittees, Workgroups, and Involvement
Purpose : To collaborate with one another to better understand the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in our community and develop systems that foster resilience. We intend on using that knowledge to create a Trauma informed community across all sectors such as: education, health department, law enforcement, tribes and social services. Programs implemented include: Health Integration, Omak Community Truancy Board, Parenting the Love and Logic Way, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), PAX Good Behavior Game (North Omak Elementary), Youth Mental Health First Aide training for community members and hosting Community Cafes.
Town Hall Meeting Sub-Committee
Purpose: To plan, implement and evaluate the annual Town Hall Meeting to reduce underage drinking. The annual Town Hall Meeting occurs in November or December. The committee begins meeting in September and usually holds an evaluation/wrap up meeting in January. Meetings are approximately once every other week in the months of September and October with meetings becoming more frequent on an as needed basis closer to the event. This event draws roughly 600 people of all ages!
This committee helps determine communication goals for the coalition including media plans for the visible enforcement and positive social norms campaigns. The Executive Director is the coalition's Communications Officer, but the work of this committee helps determine the data targets and messaging.
Community Health Integration
The coalition works collaboratively with Public Health and other community stakeholders to fully integrate healthcare systems and move towards Whole Person Health - physical, behavioral, and social determents. This coalition meats bi-monthly.
Part of the Community Health Integration, this group is working to address opioid misuse and overdose by continuing the syringe exchange program provided by Okanogan Public Health and working to expand services, providing overdose reversal medication to law enforcement, EMS, and the public, continuing to offer safe, permanent disposal of unwanted/unnecessary medication throughout Okanogan County, educate the community on safe storage of medicine in the home.
This group consists of media partners, school administrators, and five different law enforcement jurisdictions including Omak PD, Washington State Patrol, Brewster PD, Washington Fish and Wildlife Police, and Oroville PD. Work includes visible and publicized youth emphasis patrols and alcohol and marijuana retail store compliance checks. Their goal is to reduce youth alcohol and marijuana use in Okanogan County.