The Lincoln County Coalition had 18 participants at its March 26 meeting.

Representatives provided updates on what’s happening in their various organizations and broke into separate working groups to address certain county needs.

Below is information that came out of that meeting, plus a few more announcements.

April Meeting Date Change

To accommodate those who may be coming to the area for the health fair (see below), the April coalition meeting will be on Friday, April 26, 3 p.m. at the Panaca Town Center.

Health Fair

The 2019 Health Fair is set for Saturday, April 27, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Caliente Fire Station.

Enjoy complimentary and low-cost screenings, great vendors, family activities, healthy snacks and excellent giveaways.

Details on the event can be found at www.facebook.com/events/1774154046024521/.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class a Success

A Youth Mental Health First Aid class took place at Pahranagat Valley High School in Alamo March 22. Six people participated, with Janie Rippetoe as the instructor. Another class will be scheduled in Panaca, with the date to be announced.

For more information, please contact Janie Rippetoe at (775) 962-8089.

Chair Opening Filled

Charles Reifsnyder applied to become chair for the Lincoln County Coalition and was unanimously approved by those in attendance at the last coalition meeting.

The vice chair position is still available. If interested, contact Ben Rowley at (775) 962-2461.

Commodities and Food Drop

Commodities was in Pioche, Panaca and Caliente on April 18, then to Alamo and Rachel on April 19. The food drop has been to Alamo and will be in Panaca on April 26.

For more information, please contact Toni Acuff at (775) 962-8084.

Alzheimer’s Association Seminar

The Alzheimer’s Association is providing a seminar on Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body. This is was scheduled for April 18 at the Panaca Senior Center, 11:45 a.m.

For more information, please contact Irvin Wright at (775) 728-4662.

Youth Camp at Lake Tahoe

Prevention Coalitions across the state are working together to provide a youth camp at Lake Tahoe. The camp, held June 27-30, is for developing leadership skills. The NyE Communities Coalition would like a contingent of Lincoln County youth to attend. The camp will provide opportunities for them to connect with other youth, get mental health training, substance abuse prevention training and leadership training. Any interested youth need to apply ASAP.

For more information, please contact Mary Duff at (775) 727-9970.

Now You’re 18

The sheriff’s office put on the first half of the “Now You’re 18” program for all seniors in Lincoln County. On Feb. 27, the seniors toured the Lincoln County jail, then visited the firehouse where the district attorney discussed how the law changes for them when they turn 18. The police then brought in a prisoner to talk to the seniors. It was a positive experience. The seniors will visit the coroner’s office in Las Vegas April 24 to finish the program.

For more information, please contact Kerry Lee at (775) 962-8080.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs is planning to come to the health fair. They also are planning on doing a mental health training directed at veterans. They are going to be specifically inviting officers, but others are invited as well. More details about this to come.

For more information, please contact Linda Rollins at (775) 962-1304. Rollins holds office hours at the Panaca Senior Center two Wednesdays per month. Check the calendar at the senior center for dates and times.

Your Choice Behavioral

Your Choice Behavioral provides mental health services to rural areas through telehealth.

For more information, please contact Larry Clarke at (702) 538-9474.

Farmer’s Market

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is putting on the farmer’s market again this year. More details to come.

For more information on this, please contact Keith Larson at (775) 726-3109.

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)

Jobs for America’s Graduate (JAG) Nevada was the March meeting’s agency spotlight. CaraLee Frehner spoke to the coalition about how the program is doing in Lincoln County. A non-profit organization that has been in Nevada since 2014, JAG’s mission is to strive to graduate every student entrusted in its care from high school and set them on a path to higher education, a career or both.

The students in the program start out by setting goals for themselves. They identify their individual gifts and gain confidence in their abilities and then consider possible career paths. Students develop soft skills such as being interviewed for a job and personal finance. JAG works with large corporations to help students prepare for the workforce. Around 95 percent of Nevada students in JAG graduate high school.

This program is currently offered at Lincoln County High School.

For more information, please contact CaraLee Frehner at (775) 962-2574.

Strategic Planning

The meeting then broke up into smaller groups to behavioral health, infrastructure and system development, and youth and community.

The behavioral health group is continuing to work on a resource directory. The infrastructure and system development group is working to get more volunteers to assist with the senior services, and also getting information and trainings into the community for potential foster parents. The youth and community group is exploring potential afterschool and family support programs, and working to get parenting classes.

National Day of Prayer

Lincoln County’s two National Day of Prayer Events will be May 2 in Pioche and Alamo. Pioche’s will be held at the Lincoln County Courthouse flag pole at 4 p.m. Alamo’s will be at the Military Veterans Memorial near the high school at 6:30 p.m.

Visit local churches for informational flyers about this year’s theme and suggested things to pray for the seven centers of influence in our country. Remember to bring your favorite lawn chair if you would like to sit down.

For more information, contact Linda Rollins (775) 962-1304 or Becky Eizman at (775) 725-3419.

Diabetes Self-Management Program offered in Caliente

This Diabetes Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop for people with diabetes or who are prediabetic or live with someone who is. It teaches the skills required in the day-to-day management of diabetes.

The workshop is scheduled for May 2, 9, 16 and 30 as well as June 6 and 13 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Self-management programs are among the most efficient tools that can be offered. They lead to better outcomes by helping individuals gain confidence in their ability to manage their symptoms. In many cases, these programs lead to a reduction in illness and improved overall health.

The program teaches people how to deal with the symptoms of diabetes including fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, as well as stress and difficult emotions. Participants will also learn exercises for maintaining and improving strength and endurance, along with how to eat healthier, plan low-fat meals and read nutrition labels. Instructors will explain appropriate use of medication and how to work more effectively with health-care providers

Reserve your spot by calling Jess at (775) 482-6561. Location: UNCE Office – 360 Lincoln Street, Caliente, NV. Free class valued at $240 with limited space. Must have eight people to start the class.

Important First Aid Training Available

There is a training available for the county called “Stop the Bleed.” It’s a two-hour course that teaches average citizens how to pack a wound, use a tourniquet and other life-saving maneuvers to put in place while waiting for medics to arrive.

If there are enough people interested in participating, the instructor is willing to drive to Lincoln County. She needs at least 10, but 20 would be better. This would be a great training for anyone in the community. For more information, contact Leslie Shaffer (Paramedic), Community Resource Specialist for AMR, at Leslie.shaffer@amr.net.