As the world continues to navigate one of the toughest health crises of our generation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we face the loss of more than 750,000 Americans (at press time) because of the coronavirus and the impact on their families and communities, Lincoln County Community Health Council (LCCHC) is focused on health equity and is committed to providing everyone with a fair and equitable opportunity for health and well-being.
In 2021, LCCHC continued to deliver suicide prevention training using the QPR (Question, Persuader, Refer) curriculum virtually and resumed teaching the Signs of Suicide (SOS) curriculum in schools. The LCCHC also held suicide prevention “glow walks” in Ruidoso and Mescalero, passed suicide prevention literature and gun locks at the annual holiday gun show. of Labour, and continued to sponsor bulletin boards offering help, hope and resource information to members of our community struggling with anxiety and depression. LCCHC continued its partnership with the Road Runner Food Bank to provide food to food insecure people through a mobile pantry. The LCCHC continues to support the RISE (Reach, Intervene, Support and Engage) program at the Lincoln County Detention Center through drug and alcohol education as well as through a health program mental/substance use indigent for those who need the services but cannot afford them. LCCHC continues to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Build a Culture of Health project to help train all first responders in Lincoln County and Mescalero to form a Crisis Response Team (CIT), to help people in mental health crisis.
Additionally, the LCCHC hosted its 9th Annual Stepping into a Better You Health Fair this year, featuring cholesterol and diabetes screenings, mammograms and vaccines, vision screenings as well as a memorial walk/run. of the memory of the education cooperative of the region IX 5K. This followed another successful health challenge which included participating in the annual Aspen Fest parade as well as the Grow Your Own Food project which encouraged families to grow their own fruits and vegetables by teaching them all aspects of gardening.
The LCCHC also participated in vaping education by distributing information brochures as well as soccer balls with a message during Ruidoso and Capitan soccer games. The LCCHC sponsored the Ruidoso High School girls’ soccer team in their annual “Pink” game and provided information and resources for breast cancer awareness and screening. A big “THANK YOU” to LCCHC members and community partners.
the year 2022 promises to be even more exciting with ongoing projects including a comprehensive countywide health, affordable housing and transportation assessment, as well as ongoing projects through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Building a Culture of Health and CDC/Kellogg Vaccine Equity and Community Rebuilding grants.