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Healthy Communities Partnership
Report to the Community Thursday

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[JUNE 23, 2004]  What: Healthy Communities Partnership semiannual Report to the Community

When: Thursday, June 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Knights of Columbus Hall, Limit Street

Who: Community leaders, public health advocates and citizens concerned about the health of their community will come together to learn about the progress of the HCP's seven task forces:

o Rural Health Partnership, led by Sandy Brummett, Mobile Health Unit nurse practitioner

o Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Task Force, led by Rich Montcalm, police chief

o Healthy Families Task Force, led by Cathy Huerd of the Lincoln Parents Center

o Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force, led by Raleigh Blasdell of Sojourn

o Senior Issues Task Force

o Parish Nurse Task Force, led by Judy Horn, R.N.

o Task Force on Governance and Funding presentation by Marty Ahrends of the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation

Why:  Logan County's Healthy Communities Partnership has been a grant-funded program since 1997, bringing together local agencies, organizations and individuals who are committed to protect, maintain and improve the health and quality of life for all who live and work in Lincoln and Logan County.

 

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Semiannual community meetings are conducted to share the program of work completed by the task forces and to announce future plans. There is also a keynote speaker.

This time, people attending will hear from the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation about the Safe Haven (abandoned babies) Law.  Illinois ranks eighth in the nation in the rate of homicides of children age 4 and under, with a higher probability under the age of 1. The Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act allows a parent to anonymously hand over her or his newborn infant to the care and custody of a safe haven. It provides a safe alternative to parents who may be under severe emotional distress or are unable to provide for the basic needs of their infant. The law provides immunity from prosecution for parents who relinquish their unharmed newborn to a safe haven under the terms of this law.

How: There is no cost to attend the luncheon meeting, however the Healthy Communities Partnership does appreciate donations at the door to cover the cost of the meal. Reservations may be called in to Kristi Lessen at (217) 732-2161, ext. 409 or sent by e-mail to lessen.kristin@mhsil.com.

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