Pathways to a Healthier You
To ensure county-wide representation and participation, a committee was formed of individuals who encompass the diversity of Stephens County. The Pathways to a Healthier You ("Pathways") are comprised of business and industry, local government, coalitions, education, community and civic organizations, public health, health care and other entities working together. Committee members represent the communities of Bray, Central High, Comanche, Duncan, Empire City, Marlow, and Velma. On March 19, 2013, the committee adopted a vision statement for Stephens County to reflect the true progress and personal accountability they hope residents and the county as a whole will embrace. This vision will steer future efforts to build richness in health. Pathways vision is a county where citizens are aware of and inspired to live a safe and healthy life while maximizing resources to provide and encourage healthy Stephens and Jefferson counties.
Our Community-Based Efforts
Every three years an initiative to assess the health needs of Stephens County and Jefferson County in collaboration with the local county health department and local partnerships is conducted. Working through the Community Health Needs Assessment ("CHNA") process; Duncan Regional Hospital and a number of other community agencies realized a greater need for community coordination and communication on health, social and other projects across Stephens and Jefferson County. Pathways and its members will utilize the CHNA to help guide and direct programs across the county to improve the health of all citizens in Stephens County. For more information on Pathways and its projects, goals, and vision please visit our website pathwaystoahealthieryou.com.
Stephens County Youth Coalition
To effectively reduce underage substance abuse and create lasting change, we believe in involving youth themselves. The Drug-Free Community (DFC) grant focuses on youth involvement and leadership development.
The DFC believes in a youth-led adult-guided structure. The youth are not only given a seat at the table but also a voice at the table to have a stronger impact in creating lasting change. This youth-adult partnership drives prevention strategies to reduce underage drinking and youth marijuana use in their community. The youth are involved in each step of the strategic prevention framework (assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation).
WMPN Pathways to a Healthy Stephens County recruit high school students (grades 9-12th) to join a youth coalition. These young people will become change advocates on the local, state, and national levels.
"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Jillian our Prevention Specialist, and Onreka our DFC Grant Project Coordinator, have finished up their first week at CADCA's National Coalition Academy! Over four days they learned about different approaches to prevention, how to build capacity, created a logic model for the prevention of youth access to marijuana, and learned how to build a coalitions' ability to engage in community problem-solving processes. They also had the opportunity to meet and share ideas with coalitions from all over the country. Everyone is looking forward to the next two weeks of the academy.
Our meetings are open to residents of Stephens and Jefferson Counties. If you would like to participate in our prevention efforts, please join us at our meetings. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at ten o'clock at Duncan Regional Hospital located at 1407 N. Whisenant Drive, Duncan, Oklahoma 73533. We meet in Conference Room 1.