Colerain Township accepts WeTHRIVE! recognition at event on December 1, 2016.
Colerain Township (pop. 58,499) is located in northwest Hamilton County, approximately 14 miles from downtown Cincinnati.
How Colerain THRIVES!:
- A Committed Community: In January 2015, Colerain Township Trustees adopted the WeTHRIVE! Overall and Community Health Resolutions, solidifying a commitment to achieve a healthy community.
- WeTHRIVE! Team Members: Carol Baden, Jennifer Clippard-Caunin, Pauletta Crowley, Kyle Frandoni, Jeanne Hayes, Dave Hubbard, Lynn Kerr, Dan Meloy, Shonda Moore, Will Mueller, Emily Randolph, and Jennifer Sharp.
- Selected Pathway(s): Substance Use/Abuse, Injury Prevention
- Action Plan Activities: Development of a Quick Response Team (QRT) for overdose follow up, modifications to reduce mechanical falls, internal social norms change regarding addicts, and community education. View the initial Colerain WeTHRIVE! Action Plan for additional details.
- Community Health Assessment: Hamilton County Public Health compiled and shared findings from a Community Health Assessment at a community presentation on March 28, 2017. Results to a one question survey--"In your opinion, what are the most important issues that affect the health, safety, and well-being of your community?"--were also shared.
- Quick Response Team Saves Lives: A Quick Response Team (QRT)—police officer, firefighter/EMT, and addiction services—responds within one week of overdoses and provide assistance to addicts and families and try to link them to services. Within the first month of implementing the QRT, 50 percent of individuals that received follow up after their overdose had committed to receiving treatment at an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility. “We are setting and raising the bar in our response, and the attitudes of our front line personnel is what makes the impact,” stated Dan Meloy, Assistant Township Administrator and Director of Public Safety. Check back soon for additional information regarding the QRT initiative!
- Resource Recovery Packets: Colerain developed Resource Recovery Packets that includes information area treatment facilities, hotline numbers, shelters, family support groups, and resources. In the period of August 2015—February 2016, 380 packets were provided to opiate overdose patients.
Check back for updates about Colerain's WeTHRIVE! efforts!