Putnam County, Missouri(Partner: National Association of County and City Health Officials)
Putnam County Partners in Prevention will promote healthy lifestyles and strong families in our community through education, awareness, alternative activities, and advocacy.
OUR SUCCESSES Daddy Daughter Dance We host an annual Daddy Daughter Dance where we've had over 100 fathers and daughters in attendance. We sponsor this event to promote protective factors and reduce risk factors by providing an event where fathers and daughters interact in a safe environment to bond, open lines of communication, and foster relationship building. Mother Son Hike Another annual event that started in the fall of 2008 is our Mother Son Hike. A counterpart to the Daddy Daughter Dance this event was well received by the community. Battle of the Belts Putnam County SADD kids and coalition members began participating in the Battle of the Belts in 2006, and in that same year won the event for our region in 2006. The Battle of the Belt is an educational program where local high school students compete against each other to increase safety belt use and potentially save lives. The challenge involves an initital surprise safety belt check of high school students, followed by a peer-designed educational blitz and a final surprise safety belt check to determine if a change of behavior occurs. MYAA Toolkit Training On June 13, 2008, PCPP hosted a Missouri Youth Adult Alliance Training that is designed as a “how-to” guide for communities or groups who want to address the issue of underage drinking. PCPP is a member affiliate of MYAA, which is a statewide coalition that assists local community efforts in addressing underage drinking. The training covered forming a coalition and identified ways to get our message out to targeted audiences. Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking On May 1, 2008, PCPP hosted a town hall meeting on underage drinking where Representative Rebecca McClanahan was our moderator. There was an overview of the coalition, a video entitled This Place was played, and a panel was in place to ask field questions from the audience. A very open dialogue ensued where those in attendance gained perspective on the issues surrounding underage drinking in our county.