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Community Involvement

Meetings

Coalition Sector Leader Meetings:


2017

         Thursday, August 24, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
         Thursday, September 28, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
         Thursday, November 09, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.


2018

         Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.
         Thursday, March 08, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.
         Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.

Community Anti-drug Drug Coalition of America's Seven Strategies for Community Change
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Utilizing the 7 Strategies to Effect Community Change, we collaborate across the various sectors in our community in creating and implementing prevention strategies in Fountain Hills, Arizona, and nationally.

Kavanagh Meeting
Arizona Senator, John Kavanagh, discusses how we can educate
about and advocate for prevention locally and state-wide

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Board of Directors

Bob Ditta Bob Ditta brings amazing leadership as well as levity to our coalition board. Prior to his recent retirement Mr. Ditta was founding partner, President, and CEO of Dental Services Group. With dental laboratories in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Mr. Ditta grew his organization to be one of the largest privately held groups of Dental Labs in North America. Mr. Ditta dedicates much of his time giving back to local and national organizations. He currently is a Board member of the Fountain Hills Sunset Kiwanis and a former Board member of Dental Holding Corp, The Dental Trade Alliance, Dental Manufacturers of America and the National Board of Certification for Dental Technicians. He especially enjoys "manning" our FH Coalition "booth" and likes the challenge of friendly competition whether on the golf course or getting the most new members to sign up for our Safe Homes Network! Mr. Ditta is the father of three children, two grown daughters and a son that attends Fountain Hills High School.
Carole Groux Carole Groux is a licensed mental health counselor in North Carolina, Arizona, and Washington, D.C.. Ms. Groux spent the first part of her career as an engineer, working in computer simulation/consulting and for Apple Computer before returning to school and receiving an additional bachelor's degree in psychology and her Master of Counseling Degree in 2001. She has worked in private practice as a family, adolescent, marriage, and individual counselor where she witnessed first-hand the devastation drugs and alcohol can have on a person and his or her family. This coupled with the prevalent message: "well, all high schools have drug problems" led Ms. Groux to become involved in community-wide prevention and founding the Fountain Hills Coalition in 2009. Ms. Groux believes that prevention must be done at not only a local, but state, and federal level in order for social norms to change. Ms. Groux has lived in Europe and Africa and currently resides in Bethesda, MD with her family.
Doug Hebert Doug Hebert has lived in Fountain Hills since 2003. He recently retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after 26 years of service. During his career he worked in Southern California, Arizona and Washington DC; supervising DEA enforcement groups, state & local task forces, money laundering operations, training, and diversion. Before retiring as DEA's Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Arizona, Mr. Hebert established two successful Tactical Diversion Task Forces in Arizona to address the diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances throughout the State of Arizona. Mr, Hebert brings enormous experience and extensive prevention expertise to our board. Mr. Hebert is currently employed part-time doing investigative contract work for the federal government.
Dwight Johnson Dwight Johnson brings excellent marketing and management skills to our board. In 1981, after obtaining an MBA, Mr. Johnson began working for the Ford Motor Company as a Financial Analyst in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1984, Mr. Johnson changed employment to the Chrysler Corporation where he started as a Product Planner. He was at Chrysler for 15 years with his last 10 years in the Marketing Department serving in various roles as a Market Planner, Advertising Manager and Marketing Manager. He oversaw $1 billion marketing/advertising budgets and was at the helm of the Dodge Stealth roll out across the nation. In 1999, his family moved to Fountain Hills where he has focused his efforts in the public school system (PTO President and Board of Directors), Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and served on many philanthropic boards. Mr. Johnson has championed Junior Achievement in Fountain Hills Middle School. He enjoys mentoring not only youth, but also business owners and budding entrepreneurs.
Shelly Mowrey Shelly Mowrey is an expert in substance abuse prevention and education. In 2001, she created Drug Free AZ while working at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Having numerous family members struggle with addiction, Shelly has witnessed the devastation substance abuse has on families, and she knows the power of prevention, intervention and treatment. Over the past 13 years, Shelly has developed prevention programs, media campaigns and professional development trainings that have been instrumental in reducing youth drug use in the state of Arizona. Shelly has received extensive training provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the Arizona Department of Health Services, The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association. In 2012, Shelly was awarded the Kris Bell Excellence in Prevention award from Arizonans for Prevention. Shelly has a son in middle school and enjoys sports, reading and the beach!
Mike Scharnow Mike Scharnow has lived and worked in Fountain Hills for more than 30 years. Currently a financial associate with Thrivent Financial, Mr. Scharnow was the long-time editor of The Fountain Hills Times before leaving that position at the end of 2015. In his role as editor, he enjoyed using the power of the pen to illuminate the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol among youths, and he has been the recipient of multiple state and national writing awards for his editorials and news stories. Married with two adult children, Mr. Scharnow has been active in many charitable, church and community efforts through the decades. Having seen Fountain Hills grow so much over the years, he's witnessed the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol among youths. Mr. Scharnow remains committed to raising awareness on the topics of substance abuse, the coalition and its many prevention efforts.


Sector Leaders

Many sectors are represented in our coalition. Sector leaders and other volunteers work
together to outline and implement prevention strategies in Fountain Hills.

Schools: FHUSD

  • Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sweeney

State and National Prevention Agencies:

  • Jessica Smith (Director, AZ SADD)
  • Doug Hebert (United States Drug Enforcement Agency, Retired)

Faith-based community:

  • Pastor Todd Forrest

Town Government: Community Services

  • Director Mark Mayer

Youth-Serving Organizations: Boys & Girls Club

  • Director Lauren Stratton

Media: Fountain Hills Times

  • Editor Ryan Winslett

Law Enforcement: MCSO

  • Capt. Henry Brandimarte

Healthcare: FHUSD RN

  • Paula Goblet

Parents:

  • Maria Perreault

Youth:

  • Above That Club Leader Patti Schultz (health and PE instructor FHMS)

Businesses:

  • Bob Ditta

Civic Clubs:

  • Dwight Johnson

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National Affiliations

Certificate for CADCA
Four members of The Fountain Hills Coalition attended the three-week National Coalition Academy training sponsored by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the National Guard Bureau. http://www.cadca.org/training-events

This academy is a comprehensive training program that assists coalitions in building competency in five areas: partnerships, sustainability, cultural competence, assessment, prevention planning and implementation and evaluation.

The FH Coalition is a member of CADCA and sends several coalition members to the annual CADCA Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Here we learn about best practices in the prevention field, emerging drug trends and are able to build partnerships with other coalitions across America.

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News Stories

Fountain Hills Coalition in the News

Drug Issues on Decline

General Coalition
Mar. 29, 2017 – Know Before You Pour Ad
Dec. 21, 2016 – Holiday Parties & Underage Drinking
Dec. 14, 2016 – Getting Through the Holidays
Oct. 19, 2016 – Drug Disposal 1
Oct. 19, 2016 – Drug Disposal 2
Sep. 28, 2016 – Co. Attorney: DUI prosecution
Sep. 23, 2016 – MCSO: FH drug issues on the decline (1)
Sep. 23, 2016 – MCSO: FH drug issues on the decline (2)
Sep. 21, 2016 – Drug trends - Our Viewpoint
Sep. 21, 2016 – 5 Facts About Marijuana You Need to Know
Apr. 27, 2016 – Coalition Celebrates Year
Mar. 30, 2016 – Coalition Receives... (1)
Mar. 30, 2016 – Coalition Receives... (2)
Feb. 3, 2016 – Coalition Prevention Award (1)
Feb. 3, 2016 – Coalition Prevention Award (2)
Sep. 09, 2015 – New Rx Drop Box Installed
Sep. 9, 2015 – Back to School Tips
Sep. 9, 2015 – Coalition Uniting Sectors
Jun. 24, 2015 – Health Council Article
Jun. 10, 2015 – MJ Facts Shelly
Apr. 29, 2015 – MM Dispensary 1
Apr. 29, 2015 – MM Dispensary 2
Mar. 25, 2015 –Fighting Retail Marijuana
Feb. 18, 2015 –Coalition Attends Conference
Apr. 16, 2014 – RX Pills Trageted
Jan. 29, 2014 – RX Drug Initiative Launch
Jan. 29, 2014 – Teen AA Honors FHCoalition
Nov. 6, 2013 – Take Back Day 1
Nov. 6, 2013 – Take Back Day 2
Oct. 30, 2013 – Health Talk 1
Oct. 30, 2013 – Health Talk 2
Oct. 30, 2013 – Health Talk 3
Oct. 9, 2013 – Diversion Program Helps Teens
Aug 21, 2013 – Drug Coalition Battles On
Feb. 6, 2013 – Early Action Kits Available
Feb. 27, 2013 – Drug Kits Available
Jan. 2, 2013 – Drug Use Decreasing in Teens
Mar. 27, 2013 – Letter to Editor about Early Action Kits
May 1, 2013 – Health Talk on Teens Drinking
May 29, 2013 – Drug Coalition Work Pays Off
Aug. 22, 2012 – FH Coalition Gets Ready for New Year
May 2, 2012 – Community Foundation Issues Grants
Feb 22, 2011 – Letter to Editor Regarding Drug Kits
Jan. 26, 2011 – Fountain Hills Coalition Joins Chamber of Commerce
May 25, 2011 – Teen:  Drugs Readily Available Here
Dec. 15, 2010 – Crisis Activated Response Effort
Dec. 29, 2010 – FH Drug Coalition Continues the Fight
Feb. 3, 2010 – Drug Coalition Rolls up Sleeves in Town Effort
Feb 24, 2010 – Parents Responsible for Parties
Jan. 20, 2010 – Fighting Drugs

Jul. 21, 2010 – Drug Coalition Wants Norms Changed
Jun. 2, 2010 – Fall Program Set for Parenting
Jun. 2, 2010 – Summer Teen Parties Heat Up
Mar. 3, 2010 – Opinion: Coalition Making a Difference
Mar. 10, 2010 – Teen Drinking, Marijuana Use Higher than State Average
Mar. 17, 2010 – Town, FHUSD and Ccoalition Working Together
Mar. 24, 2010 – Teen Party Law Would Set Trend
Sept. 1, 2010 – Teen Symposium Targets Drinking
Sept. 8, 2010 – RX Drop Off
Sept. 15, 2010 – The Dangers of Drinking Symposium
Sept. 22, 2010 – Parenting Class-Staying Connected With Teenager

FHHS
Mar. 15, 2017 – Stunt Masters at FHHS
Mar. 01, 2017 – Essay Content 2017 Winners
Jan. 11, 2017 – Consequences of Destructive Decisions
Dec. 21, 2016 – 2017 Essay kickoff
Oct. 12, 2016 – FHHS Drawing Winner
Oct. 12, 2016 – Big Drawing Winner
Apr. 27, 2016 – Special guest performs
Mar. 02, 2016 – Essay Contest Winners
Jan. 20, 2016 – Phoenix Suns' Hunter Addresses Students
Dec. 30, 2015 – Essay Contest Announcement
Apr. 01, 2015 – FHHS Speaker
Feb. 18, 2015 – Essay Winners Ad
Feb. 18, 2015 – Essay Contest 2015
Apr. 02, 2014 – Megadeth FHHS
Feb. 19, 2014 – 2014 Essay Contest Winners
Jan. 22, 2014 – 2014 Essay Contest Ad
Jan. 15, 2014 – 2014 Essay Contest Announcement
Nov. 20, 2013 – Teen AA Coming to FHHS
May 22, 2013 – Talk. They Hear You
Apr. 18, 2012 – Prom Precautions a Success
Feb. 8, 2012 – Coalition Co-Sponsors Middle School Dance
Feb. 8, 2012 – Speaker Khalilian Inspires FHHS Students
Jan. 12, 2011 – Drug Coaliation Offers Teen Essay Contest
Feb. 16, 2011 – Essay Contest Winners

EAK and Parenting Class
Feb. 04, 2015 – Drugs Kits Available
May 07, 2014 – Drugs Kits Available
Feb. 6, 2013 – Early Action Kits Available
Mar. 27, 2013 – Letter to Editor about Early Action Kits
Feb 22, 2011 – Letter to Editor Regarding Drug Kits
Jun. 2, 2010 – Fall Program Set for Parenting
Sept. 22, 2010 – Parenting Class-Staying Connected With Teenager

FH Middle Schools
Oct. 12, 2016 – Red Ribbon Day 2016
Mar. 09, 2016 – Poster Contest Winners Announced
Mar. 03, 2016 – Yearbook Page
Dec. 09, 2015 – 2016 Above That Club Officers
May. 27, 2015 – Above That Club
Apr. 01, 2015 – MS Poster Contest
Oct. 16, 2013 – Red Ribbon Day
May, 22, 2013 – Above That Social Pictures
Aug. 22, 2012 – Middle School Madness Game Night for Teens
Feb. 8, 2012 – Coalition Co-Sponsors Middle School Dance
Sept. 26, 2012 – Red Ribbon Day is October 11
Oct. 10, 2012 – Red Ribbon Day Next Week
Apr. 6, 2011 – Logos to Promote Above the Influence
Apr. 27, 2011 – Middle School Gets Anti-Drug Messages ATI
Oct. 19, 2011 – Middle school Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Safe Homes
May 15, 2013 – Editorial Opinion on Prom Night
May 22, 2013 – Talk. They Hear You
Aug. 11, 2012 – Advertisement for Pledge
Jan. 4, 2012 – Gingerbread House Winners
Sept. 26, 2012 – Text-A-Tip Extended for Another Year
Nov. 23, 2011 – Gingerbread Home Contest
Nov. 30, 2011 – Gingerbread House Contest to Help Coalition
Oct. 26, 2011 – Coffee Social Set
Jun. 2, 2010 – Social Hosting Law
May 12, 2010 – Advertisement for Parents Host Lose Most

Medical Marijuana
Jun. 10, 2015 – MJ Facts Shelly
May. 27, 2015 – MM Dispensary Compromise 1
May. 27, 2015 – MM Dispensary Compromise 2
Apr. 29, 2015 – MM Dispensary 1
Apr. 29, 2015 – MM Dispensary 2
Mar. 26, 2014 – Emotional Talks Dispensary Hours 1
Mar. 26, 2014 – Emotional Talks Dispensary Hours 2
Mar. 5, 2014 – Dispensary Hours Fight 1
Mar. 5, 2014 – Dispensary Hours Fight 2
Apr. 24, 2013 – Dispensary Hours Won't Change
Aug. 15, 2012 – Coalition Asks Town to Halt Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Dec. 26, 2012 – Medical Marijuana in News
Aug. 22, 2012 – FH Coalition Gets Ready for New Year
Aug. 16, 2011 – Medical Marijuana in Foot Hills Unified School Distriact
Jan. 12, 2011 – Medical Marijuana Relegated to C-3 Zone
May 11, 2011 – Coalition Exploring Conflicts between Federal and State Law
May 25, 2011 – Kavanagh Works to Shut Down Medical Pot

Text-A-Tip
Sep. 14, 2016 – Text-A-Tip Get Results
Nov. 27, 2013 – TAT Stays Successful 1
Nov. 27, 2013 – TAT Stays Successful 2
Jan. 16, 2013 – Text-A-Tip Going Strong
Feb. 29, 2012 – TAT Teams With Merchants
Mar. 14 2012 – TAT Busts Teen Party
Sept. 26, 2012 – TAT Extended for Another Year
Oct. 12, 2011 – Text-A-Tip to Fight Crime
Jun. 5, 2010 – Bates Will Support Coalition
Jun. 5, 2010 – Text-A-Tip Merchant Advertisement

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Progress

The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission surveys more than 48,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders from all 15 counties every two years. The results of the Arizona Youth Survey (AYS) taken by students in the spring of 2014 was released in October of 2014.

The biggest drops the past few years in Fountain Hills have occurred with prescription drugs (a 57 percent decrease) along with cigarettes (43 percent) and then alcohol (35 percent drop in usage).

FH Teen-Reported Drug Use Over Time
The number of teens gaining access to alcohol from the top three most common sources has decreased in all of the categories.
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Targeted Alcohol Access Points
Alcohol usage in Fountain Hills dropped from 36% in 2010 to 23% in 2014.
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FH Teen-Reported Drug Use Over Time
Fountain Hills is now below state and national averages for substance abuse.
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Drug Usage Drop
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