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HEALTH & WELLNESS
In 2016, Carter County Drug
Prevention in Tennessee began
working to change staff culture
around those impacted by
substance use disorder.
Implementing Mentorship Programs
for Community Health
By Jilian Reece
C
22 Parks & Recreation |
arter County Drug Prevention (CCDP) and Elizabethton (Tennessee)
Parks and Recreation have been close partners for many
years. From 2012 to 2016, they offered " wrap or roll'' playdates
in parks for moms with little ones, providing an opportunity for
them to engage with each other and the green spaces throughout the community.
They hosted an annual World Breastfeeding Week celebration and
a " Baby Rest Stop " for moms and babies at community events. From 2016
to 2019, they hosted monthly engagement opportunities within the recreation
center for the local homeschool community, providing family engagement,
Valentine's Day parties, post-Halloween " candy science " events
and more. They collaborated on community events for families along the
" Tweetsie Trail " - the community walking and biking trail - and offered
Storytime with Santa, " Touch a Truck " events, Independence Day celebrations,
and worked to support and allow family engagement with their local
minor league baseball team.
Partnering to Address
Substance Use Disorder
In 2016, CCDP and Elizabethton
Parks and Recreation took their
partnership
even further
J ANUAR Y 2 0 2 3
when
CCDP began working to change
the staff culture around those impacted
by substance use disorder.
CCDP worked to educate - and
therefore, change the perceptions
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of - all park and recreation staff
around community members with
substance use disorder. This involved
teaching about how adverse
childhood experiences and trauma
affect those around us and how to
safely dispose of tobacco, alcohol
and drug paraphernalia that may
be found in parks.
In 2017, when these alreadyestablished
partners were contacted
about a grant application from
NRPA for the implementation of
youth mentorship programs to
assist youth who were impacted
by the opioid crisis, they could not
have been more excited. Through
many years of these partnerships
to provide events and activities in
the community, the organizations
met thousands of families who

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