A Community heeding the Call!
Grand Forks Community Call To Action on Addiction & Substance Abuse started on Thursday, May 25th, 2017!
Over 200 people joined together to add their voices, commitment, talents and skills to this serious issue in our region. More than 400 others have joined us online to provide feedback and guidance. And 1000's have since joined in this collaborative work!
"I want to say thank you to everyone who came to the Call to Action on Thursday (May 25th). We had a good turnout and great discussion. Now we need to continue the work. We need to continue to listen, we need to continue to move forward, we need to continue to work together to change the face of addiction in our region."
Mayor Michael R. Brown
A FOCUS ON . . .
November 5, 2018 Update to Grand Forks City Council
In the News
Grand Forks Herald - Distribution of Narcan (Nov. 23, 2018)
Grand Forks Herald – City officials share updated Community Action Plan against opioid abuse (Nov. 5, 2018)
Grand Forks Herald – Grand Forks increases local medication assisted treatment for opioid abuse
KNOX Radio – GF CALL TO ACTION
Altru Health System Newsroom – Grand Forks Receives Drug Free Communities Grant – $125,000/year for 5 years!
Fargo Forum – ‘It saved my life’: How drug therapy helped Fargo man kick opioid addiction – This article features Chris Harsell, CNP from Valley Community Health Centers
Grand Forks Herald – Grandparents step in when addiction sidelines parents
April 13 - CADCA Strategic Planning Training
Professionals and community members across the Grand Forks area came together for a strategic planning training session from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). As we continue to deliver on actions to address the stigma of addiction and create meaningful actions, so do we need to continue to be strategic about how we use our resources and partnerships.
April 5, 2018 Voice of America
The following powerful video has been created and shared internationally by VOA-Voice of America China titled "The Fatal Fentanyl: From China to American Small Town Video," featuring our community. We invite you to watch the video and share it with your family and friends, together we can continue to fight against addiction.
February 21, 2018 - Prevention Video
Additional informatin about the above video can be found here.
January 9 - Free Movie and Discussion! "The Opioid Epidemic"
BCBS Documentary on North Dakota's response - 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Empire Arts Center
January 12-13 Strategic Plan Training
Postponed to April 13!
Daylong training for community stakeholders and task leaders, including the Grand Forks Youth Commission. Facilitated by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
January 2, 2018 Update to Grand Forks City Council
After Mayor Brown and the City Council adopted the priority of addressing addiction and substance use disorder, including Opioids, in 2017, a community Call to Action was issued and hundreds of community members responded.
The following documents describe the work that has been going on in the last 9 months, particularly in the last few months as the State Targeted Response grant (with coordinator, Micahel Dulitz of the GF Public Health Dept.) and prevention grant (coordinated by the Substance Abuse Prevention Council) were implemented.
- Recent and Near-Term Activities of the Call to Action
- January 2018 Activity Brief
- Community Action Plan - Recommendations and current actions
- State Targeted Response Grant Activities
- Prevention and Education Grant Activities
Recovery Reinvented - How North Dakota's First Lady, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and stakeholders all across the state are courageously and effectively leading the change of how we view and address addiction.
Local Resources - Resources are being compiled for all four focus areas. TBA
Please review and share your comments below!
A fantastic success!!!
The Anonymous People Film screening and panel discussion on Recovery & Support in Grand Forks - October 17, 7:00 Empire Arts Center
September was National Recovery Month
CALL TO ACTION
Download the Grand Forks Call to Action Infograph (PDF) for a good educational tool to get started!
YOU - all of you - have heeded the Grand Forks Call to Action (CTA) and it is making a difference.
The focus of the CTA is developing an ongoing, community-wide Plan of Action to address addiction and substance use disorder.
The CTA Plan will comprise recommendations created out of conversations, committees and good, old fashioned feedback from our residents and professional stakeholders.
Together, we will develop, enact, track and continue this plan until we significantly change the face of addiction in Grand Forks and truly create a community of recovery.
The timeline on this page let's you know where we've been and where we're going.
Below, you will find more resources on the four committees formed to create CTA Recommendations and several ways to sign up to take action, receive updates or otherwise join the Call to Action.
The Anonymous People Film screening and panel discussion on Recovery and Support in Grand Forks - October 17, 7:00 Empire Arts Center
Join First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and Governor Doug Burgum for an extremely exciting and game-changing event to reinvent recovery in North Dakota. September 26, Bismarck Civic Center.
STATE TARGETED OPIOID RESPONSE GRANT
Congratulations Grand Forks! Thanks to the community for informing the plan and Debbie Swanson, the Grand Forks Public Health for leading the way.
Because of the those efforts The North Dakota Department of Human Services has identified Grand Forks as a community with the capacity to address the opioid crisis and has awarded a $130,000 grant to strengthen local efforts to treat opioid use disorder, support recovery, and save lives by preventing overdose deaths.
If you're willing, please share your contact information to help change the face of addiction in our region.