06/21/20: Yancey County’s Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) is featuring and giving thanks for one of their community partners, Mitchell/Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force. The Task Force is one of Yancey County EYFP’s biggest supporters. The Task Force organizes events such as “drug take-back” days, town hall meetings, classes on alternative pain management, and other community activities with the intent of increasing awareness, education, advocacy, and prevention. The Task Force was created due to concerns about the increasing rate of unintentional deaths by prescription drug overdoses in the area, and their ranks have grown to include members from law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals, representatives from the faith community, school employees, and average citizens who come together to discuss matters across the counties. Considering their goal of reducing and eliminating substance misuse in Mitchell and Yancey counties, the Task Force was a natural partner for Yancey County EYFP. The Task Force assisted in their fall EYFP Community Event in 2019 which was very successful, and the two groups hope for many more opportunities to collaborate in the future. Yancey County EYFP is proud to call the Mitchell/Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force their community partner!
In Pender County, EYFP is also celebrating one of their community partners, Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear (CCLCF). CCLCF is an independent nonprofit organization that improves health outcomes for nearly 90,000 public and privately-insured enrollees in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Columbus, Onslow, and Bladen counties. They have over 17 years of experience providing locally-based care management, health care quality improvement, and cost reduction to their communities. Their care managers are able to meet with patients wherever they may be and have a better understanding of the communities they serve by living within them. They address barriers to healthier outcomes and connect their patients to resources for food, transportation, housing, and support for interpersonal violence or toxic stress. Like Yancey County’s partner, this partner assisted Pender County EYFP with their Community Event by presenting the film Resiliency by ACES and by facilitating the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) training for attendees. CCLCF supplied knowledgeable facilitators for the event, making it a complete success. In addition to supporting EYFP, CCLCF staff participates in local community meetings, coalitions, panel discussions, and outreach events so they can continue to grow in their understanding of what the communities need and what resources CCLCF can provide to help. Pender County EFYP hopes to continue working with CCLCF for years to come.
For Lee County, EYFP is taking time for retrospection and to take notice of how much has changed in how their program operates. It has been about three months since social distancing was put into effect across NC, three months since the people of Lee County have had to find a “new normal” for their daily lives, and three months since the staff and families of Lee County EYFP had to adapt in ways no one could have predicted. For some, the uncertainty has been intimidating, but Lee County EYFP has been doing their best to remain resilient. They figured out new schedules and strategies for working, contacting others, going outside, and generally carrying on with life. Even now, three months down the line, many communities are still in a state of constant change and adaptation. Lee County EYFP pledges to be ready and flexible for whatever may come next and to take things on a day-by-day basis.