Community Based Process

BEAUFORT COUNTY YOUTH CONFERENCE

The annual Youth Conference is a one day educational event planned by teens for their peers. It was developed and delivered by a partnership of Carae's Lowcountry Modeling, the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department, Department of Social Services, Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, several faith-based organizations and area teenagers. The conference, now in it's 20th year, is open to all middle and high school youth. This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2012 at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (located on Ribaut Road) from 8-4pm.                                                                                         

COASTAL SOUTH TOBACCO COALITION

Founded in the Fall 2008, the Coastal South Tobacco Coalition (CSTC) is a proactive tobacco education and prevention collaborative partnership of people and organizations from Beaufort Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.  Many Millions of Americans, both children and adults, are still exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, cars/travel vehicles and workplaces despite substantial progress in tobacco control. The scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.   Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and more premature death in children and adults who do not smoke.  The Coalition provides a forum for individuals and organizations to plan and implement strategies that promote a tobacco free Coastal south.  CSTC received a third grant from South Carolina Tobacco Coalition (SCTC) during FY’11 to focus on second-hand smoke issues in cars/travel vehicles, offering smoking cessation classes and the continuing efforts to advocate for policy changes, leading to smoke-free workplaces and schools. 

The smoking rate in Region 8 ranges from 18%-31% compared to the state average of 22%. One of the Coastal South Tobacco Coalition goals is to continue to contribute to the state goal of passing as many local smoke free ordinances each year which would mean that an additional thirty thousand plus SC citizens are protected from secondhand smoke. In addition to advancing the comprehensive smoke free ordinance adoption to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces, public places, homes and vehicles; the coalition will also promote quitting among all tobacco users by educating our communities about the availability of local cessation programs and the SC DHEC “Quit for Keeps” line.

*Data from Community Health Status Indicators CHSI http://communityhealth.hhs.gov

FAMILY DAY - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children

Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children is a national movement to inform parents that the parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Family meals are the perfect time to talk to your kids and listen to what's on their minds.  Make dinner special by turning off the TVs, PCs, and not answering the phone during mealtime.  Family Day reminds parents that Dinner Makes A Difference! The Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department was one of various state agencies proudly sponsoring NATIONAL FAMILY DAY 20101 on Monday, September 26th.

Previous participants included the following businesses, agencies and organizations:

Northern Beaufort locations - Golden Corral, Gilligan's, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Inn and Carolina Wings. Family Day materials were also available at St. Helena Island, Lobeco and Beaufort libraries.

Southern Beaufort Locations - Chick-fil-A, Wild Wings and Golden Corral. Family Day materials were also available at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bluffton and Hilton Head, the Bluffton and Hilton Head Libraries.

                   Be a Family Day STAR!

  S - Spend time with your kids by having dinner together

  T - Talk to them about their friends, interests and the dangers of drugs and alcohol

  A - Answer their questions and listen to what they say

  R - Recognize that YOU have the power to help keep your kids substance free!

PROJECT S.M.A.R.T.    

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Project S.M.A.R.T. (Success, Motivation And Responsibility Training) program is a diversionary program implemented seven years ago for first time non-violent juvenile offenders (10-16 years old).  It was designed in order to equip at-risk juveniles, within Beaufort County with various skills and life principles necessary for successful goal setting and achievement.  This program is employed as a deterrent for first time non-violent student offenders who seem to be heading toward criminal behavior.  The program’s goal is to keep them from becoming institutionalized or incorporated in a juvenile or adult correctional facility or system, and to provide the parents of at risk juveniles with the tools and resources necessary to enhance their parenting skills. 

S.M.A.R.T. is a twenty-four hour program held on four consecutive Saturdays from 8am-2pm.   Participants are accepted through referrals from parents, schools and the Solicitor’s Office.  At least one parent or guardian is required to attend three of the four weekly sessions and transportation is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.  Topics covered during the four classes include Communication, Anger management, Conflict Resolution, Laws and Consequences, ATOD information, Goal Setting, Health & Nutrition, Sexually Transmitted Infections & Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Gangs and Accepting Responsibility.  Being a partner agency, BCADAD’s prevention staff facilitates four components of the curriculum: risks and drug fued, anger management, communication and fads/trends in underage drinking.

KIDFEST

KIDFEST is a large one-day event held each spring to celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Military Child. Now in its 18th year, KIDFEST involves on average, 50+ different community agencies and businesses providing fun activities for children and educational/ awareness information for parents and lots of entertainment for both.

The annual KidFest, usually held in April provides an opportunity for community families to learn about various services available in the Beaufort area. CAPA together with the military community and other human services organizations coordinate this event to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month.

It takes upwards of six months to plan and coordinate the event & Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department has maintained active involvement on the Leadership Team since “KidFest’s” inception.  With Beaufort hosting three military installations, KidFest’s growth and popularity has strongly benefited from the military presence on the planning committee, as the annual event always coincides with both “Month of the Military Child” and “Child Abuse Prevention Month” activities.

An excellent example of true networking, KidFest promotes healthy lifestyles for area children and families with no fees for participation in any of the varied activities/games/entertainment.

TOGETHER FOR BEAUFORT                             

"Together for Beaufort” is the result of a year-long community-wide effort to establish clear goals by which progress can be measured. The process was facilitated by representatives from the Institute at Biltmore, involving focus groups throughout the county. The resulting four goals describe aspirational qualities for Beaufort County’s people and families, the communities and the place we share. Progress toward each of the goals will be measured by a total of 16 community indicators.

The purpose of “Together for Beaufort County” is to help our citizens, communities, public officials, agencies and organizations come together as one community to address these important goals. Progress requires the collective efforts of the public (government), private (business), nonprofit (organizations) and faith community sectors to join together in broad collaborations that address the pressing needs of our community. The prevention staff at BCADAD has and continues to maintain active involvement on four of the established community objectives: the Coalition on Aging in Place (CAP), Reducing Adolescent Pregnancy (RAP) Alliance, Adequacy to Prenatal Care, and Eat Smart Move More of the Lowcountry.

SENIORS/OLDER MATURE ADULTS:

It is commonly acknowledged that poverty is at the root of most health and human service needs. Mature adults may experience problems performing basic living activities, requiring special assistance from others. Family, private and government support helps to provide opportunities to sustain independent living. As the age of the elderly population rises, income levels typically decrease causing more elderly citizens to live below the poverty level. The greatest need for unmet services for the elderly is in the middle economic levels, which are not eligible for Medicaid. Knowing where these seniors are may help focus services geographically.

The Coalition on Aging In Place meets regularly at 2pm on the 1st Monday of each month at the Bluffton Okatie Outpatient Center in the Conference Room/Classroom A.   

TEEN PREGNANCY:

Teen Pregnancy is closely linked to a host of other critical social issues (e.g., overall child well-being, school failure, welfare dependency, and workforce development).  Simply put, when children are born to parents who are ready and able to care for them as opposed to parents who are still children themselves, we notice significant reductions in social problems affecting children, families and society as a whole. One such indicator supports that by 2012, the number of births to teenagers in Beaufort County will be reduced to 8% of all births.   

Together for Beaufort’s RAP (Reducing Adolescent Pregnancies) Alliance, an interagency network has been created to provide movement in the county towards this stated objective   This indicator demonstrates that while teen pregnancy is a serious, expensive, multi-generational issue, it is clearly not a hopeless one.  When proven effective approaches are applied, progress occurs.

The RAP Alliance meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Conference Room at the Beaufort County School District (2500 Mink Point Blvd) at 3:30pm.

PRENATAL CARE:

Early and continuous prenatal care can make a significant difference in assuring births of healthy babies. Delayed or insufficient prenatal care can be associated with low birthweight and other health risks for infants. In 2007, 844, or 36.1% of pregnant women received no prenatal care in the first three months of pregnancy. In 2007, 1,156, or 49.4% of pregnant women received less than adequate prenatal care: 832 or 48.6% of Whites and 320 or 51.4% of African-Americans and Others. In that same year, 41 women received no prenatal care at all.

Low Birthweight: Low birthweight of less than 5.5 pounds and very low birthweight of less than 3.3 pounds are associated with health risks and growth and development problems. In 2007, 180 or 7.7% of all babies in the county were born with low birthweight: 11.9% of African-American and Other babies and 6.1% of White babies. During 2005-2007, approximately 115 or 1.7% of all babies were born with very low birthweight and had the most serious complications: 0.8% of White babies and 3.9% of African-American and Other babies. The average hospitalization charges for each newborn low birthweight baby (2499g - 1500g) in the county during 2006-2008 were 14,714 and for each very low birthweight baby (less than 1500g) 96,225, compared with 2,866 for a baby of normal birthweight (2500g and above). The low birthweight and very low birthweight newborns discharged from SC hospitals represent only 5.33% of the newborns discharged but 38.61% of the total charges. Low birthweight can be associated with mothers in either their teens or forties, having less than a high school education, being unmarried, smoking, or experiencing stress or abuse.

Adequacy to Prenatal Care meets the 4th Monday of each month from 9:30-11am at Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Service's Chelsea Clinic.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLES:

The 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health reported that many youth ages 9-17 in South Carolina are overweight (13%), at risk of overweight (16%), and underweight (6%). The YRBS in 2009 revealed 19% of boys and 14% of girls in high school were obese; 33% of boys and 31% of girls in high school were either overweight or obese. Also 27% of middle school and 28% of high school students felt they were overweight; trying to lose weight were 46% of middle school and 42% of high school students: of boys 34% in middle school and 28% in high school, compared with 59% of girls in middle school and 55% in high school. The YRBS found that many high school students are not following good health habits. Although during a week 78% of high school students ate fruit, 55% ate salad, and over 78% ate vegetables, only 15% ate the recommended five or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day. On at least 5 days during a week, 57% of middle school boys and 41% of high school boys versus 44% of girls in middle school and 26% in high school were physically active for at least 60 minutes per day. Also among high school students, 47% did stretching. Limited exercise is likely: in middle school among the 28% who play computer and videogames or use the computer for pleasure and among the 45% watching television for 3 or more hours per school day; exercise is limited in high school among those students of whom for 3 or more hours per school day: 23% are playing video or computer games or using computers for other than school work, and 40% are watching television. Parents reported on the NSCH that their children ages 6-17 watched TV or videos: 71% for 1-3 hours and 9% for 4 hours or more per school day; and on school days used a computer: 42% for 2-3 hours and 7% for 4 or more hours. Parents reported on the NSCH that their children were getting enough sleep: 94% of children 6-10, 89% of 11-14, and 85% of 14-17 year olds got enough sleep 5 or more nights per week

Eat Smart Move Move of the Lowcountry, an affiliate of Eat Smart Move More of South Carolina regularly meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 2:30pm at Okatie Elementary School.