Clay Counts Coalition Receives Prevention Partner of the Year Award

By Payton Tholstrup

The Clay Counts Coalition was recognized as Kansas Partner in Prevention of The Year by The Kansas Prevention Collaborative on October 12th at their state conference in Wichita, Kansas. The purpose of the award is to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions for prevention efforts in their community. Lori Martin and Dana Rickley were recognized for their efforts.

The Clay Counts Coalition was created to promote social, physical, and mental well-being for the residents of Clay County. Their goal is to reduce substance abuse in youth, as well as foster an environment they can thrive in. When the coalition was surveyed in 2023, members shared they felt proud of Clay Counts because of how well they find creative solutions to the community’s needs. They accomplish this by reviewing local data and listening to the community. The coalition works hard to implement activities and interventions that are tailored for a small town. They know the importance of all community members being heard. An example of this was the coalition creating YLinK to increase partnership with the community and local schools.

Over the last year, the coalition has hosted many different events and trainings. They have established a Drug Endangered Children Task Force, took youth to the State YLinK Conference, hosted ASIST training in the community, and more. The mission and vision they have for the community is clear as the coalition continues to grow.

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