1,200 people Walked Out on Their Jobs

1,200 people Walked Out on Their Jobs

Walk Out on Your Job has been a community event for 20 years. Each year we gather local businesses and encourage everyone to take a walk over their lunch break. This year, we had 1,208 local employees signed up to walk with us. Of that, 942 employees signed up to walk at their own worksites. That’s the biggest chunk of walkers we’ve ever had choose to walk where they work—and honestly we think that’s great! That means that as a community, we’re...

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Mental Health Advocates as ’17 Campaign Chairs

Mental Health Advocates as ’17 Campaign Chairs

Dear Partners, “I am honored to announce Drs. Matt and Grace Mims as our 2017 Annual Fund Campaign Chairs. This year, Community Partners is focusing our priority efforts around mental and physical wellness. The Mims are a reflection of our community’s strength around mental health. Individually, they have served a variety of leadership roles for Community Partners since they arrived in our community. We also enjoyed time with their son,...

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Record Breaking Prescription Collection

Record Breaking Prescription Collection

   Saturday, April 29 at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office hosted an RX Takeback event. The event was successful in receiving 565 lbs. of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication. We want to thank all the community members who participated. Partners, CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital, Two Rivers Public Health Department, and Kearney/Holdrege Elks Lodge #984 made this event possible....

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Pyramid Model Childcare Providers Meeting

Pyramid Model Childcare Providers Meeting

The Rooted In Relationships committee hosted a meeting for 17 childcare providers, who are interested in implementing the early childhood pyramid model. This model supports home and center based childcare providers by offering coaching to build social, emotional development of young children (ages 0-8). Patti Roberts, director of Roberts Early Childhood Consulting said, “This meeting gave Buffalo County childcare providers and center directors...

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Healthy Families Week Success

Healthy Families Week Success

Activate Buffalo County put on Healthy Families Week at the end of April. Activities of partners were promoted as part of the event. “The end of April is a time where the community wants to get outside and enjoy the weather turning. This week was perfect to promote all the activities going on in the community and the reason for getting out and being active with your family,” said Becky Squiers, Community Wellness Coordinator at...

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Intern, Ashleigh Galles, Accepted to PHEAST Program

Intern, Ashleigh Galles, Accepted to PHEAST Program

Ashleigh Galles has been the wellness intern at Community Partners slightly over one year. She recently applied and was accepted for The Public Health Early Admissions Student Track (PHEAST), which is a health professions pipeline program designed to recruit, educate, and graduate passionate public health leaders committed to improving population health outcomes in Nebraska. This is a program designed to help guide student’s through their...

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Youth Advisory Board Conducts Interviews

Youth Advisory Board Conducts Interviews

The Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board conducted interviews in April for next year’s new board members. To apply, students fill out an application and current YAB board members conducts the interviews. The interviews started with all the youth doing an ice breaker game. “I love the way YAB conducts their interviews. By having student led interviews, you definitely feel more comfortable, and at ease. By getting everyone involved,...

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HealthyMINDS help KPS hire Behavioral Health Coaches

HealthyMINDS help KPS hire Behavioral Health Coaches

Mental and behavioral health are two areas Buffalo County is wanting to work on. Our collaborative HealthyMINDS has worked with Kearney Public School to get two behavioral health coaches hired for two elementary schools. This is just a pilot. The group will evaluate the model at the end of a year, and see if it can be implemented in all Buffalo County Schools.  Wade Goodwin and Abree Taillon have been contracted as the new Behavioral...

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Be Well Looks to Local Conditions to Create Action

Be Well Looks to Local Conditions to Create Action

Be Well Buffalo County has been working with a consultant group, Epiphany Services, to create a logic model on which they can build their work. As the strategic team focused on healthy lifestyles in our county, the process has helped Be Well to prioritize issues and build a strong foundation for encouraging healthy behaviors. The last few months have included lots of conversations and data collection. Be Well has been very focused on choosing...

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300 Community Members Gather for Hope & Healing

300 Community Members Gather for Hope & Healing

More than 300 community members joined in March to listen to panelist speak messages of hope and healing. Community Partners Suicide Prevention group heard the community say they needed to be connected to local resources and have a place to speak about their fears and concerns about suicide and suicide prevention. The group selected a series of panelist ranging from mental health proffesionals to school teachers and a police officer, to talk...

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