project lazarus of catawba county

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tHE COMMUNITY COALITION…

Project Lazarus of Catawba County is a collaboration of community citizens and professionals working together to create an environment where drug and alcohol abuse and overdoses can be prevented through increased awareness, education, and community change strategies. The central component of this model is Community Knowledge and Coalition-Building. This includes churches, civic clubs, local leaders, law enforcement, schools, etc.

Below is also a list of events and speaking engagements by Project Lazarus of Catawba County over the last two years (2017-2019) with the ICGH clinical director as chair:

-       The Ongoing Project Lazarus of Catawba County Monthly meetings have offered various speakers on the topics of services, prevention, updates to changing laws, etc.: Olive Branch, the Iredell Coalition, Sheriff Brown, Deputy Chief Reed Baer, etc.

·       2018 Tri-County Poster competition for the schools on prevention.

·       Oktoberfest 2018: outreach on prevention and education

·       2018 and 2019 Latino Health Fair: outreach on prevention and education

·       Moving Forward: A Public Seminar on Social Mobility. Western Piedmont Council of Governments. April 23rd, 2019. Panel Discussion.

·       Governor Roy Cooper’s Round Table Forum on the Opioid Crisis. Governor Cooper held a forum on the opioid crisis and what the direction moving forward in the State of North Carolina.

·       U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry Round Table Conversation with Persons in Long-term Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder. Dr. Richardson brought together persons from the community to speak with the congressman on their struggles and successes with opioid use disorder. US Congressman Patrick McHenry’s Hickory Office, August 9, 2018.

·       The Opioid Crisis and the Faith Community, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association, June 27th, 2018. Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Lincolnton, NC.

·       The Opioid Crisis and the Faith Community, Catawba Valley Baptist Association, June 19th, 2018. Blackburn Baptist Church, Hickory, NC.

·       NW AHEC Best Practices for Opioid Prescribing & Management Faculty Lecturer of multiple lectures and Site Supervisor for this accredited continuing education series for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers: Best Practices for Opioid Prescribing & Management. Ongoing continuing education webinar series in NW North Carolina. Also, site supervisor at the following site locations: Catawba Valley Medical Center (Hickory, NC), Frye Regional Medical Center (Hickory, NC), Catawba Regional Hospice (Newton, NC), and Blue Ridge Healthcare Systems (Morganton, NC).  MONHTLY CONTINUING ED FOR NURSES, PHYSICIANS, AND OTHER HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AT CVMC, FRYE HOSPITAL, BLUE RIDGE HEALTHCARE (formerly Grace Hospital), and CAROLINA CARING (formerly Catawba Regional Hospice). These occurred from June to December 2018 at the above listed sites hosted by the PLCC chair, and continue at Frye Hospital currently.  (30 events)

·       How Did We Get Here, and Where are we going? Panel Discussion, Catawba Regional Hospice Staff Education and Training, Catawba Regional Hospice, Newton, NC. June 1st, 2018.

·       U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry Round Table on the Opioid Crisis: Dr. Richardson hosted a forum for the congressman by bringing together local law enforcement, hospitals, MCO, treatment providers, harm reduction, sober living, and other who provide direct service providers to those suffering from opioid use disorders. The forum focus was concentrated on what is needed at the federal legislative level to address the crisis. US Congressman Patrick McHenry’s Hickory Office, April 3, 2018.

·       LOVE is a verb: When Opioid Abuse Hits Home – A Community Awareness Event. Documentary film preview and expert panelist for opioid discussion at a community forum. Mt Olive Church, Hickory, NC. March 3, 2018. 6-8pm.

·       Chamber of Commerce Panel on The Opioid Crisis in Catawba County and City of Hickory. March 2, 2018. Facilitated by the Porter Agency. Special invite only. Chamber of Commerce, Hickory NC. 1:30 pm

·       Opioid Use Disorder and the Deaf Community. Foothills Region of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Foothills Higher Education Center Room 163, Morganton, NC. Nov. 13, 2017.

·       Drug Abuse and Our Community Today. Happy Valley School Grades 6-8, Lenoir, NC. Oct. 30, 2017.

·       Substance Use Disorder Community Forum Panel. Burke County Health Department. Sept. 28, 2017.

·       Northwest AHEC/Wake Forest School of Medicine. Integrated Care: From Theory to Praxis. Review of the fundamentals of the integrated care model and real world examples of how to move your practice to deliver both medical and behavioral health services. Sept. 26, 2017. Focus on Substance Use Disorders.

Some of the events and activities, naturally, might be overlooked in the hustle and bustle of what we do, such as constantly taking crisis calls to direct persons in need to help or offering direct education via phone calls about community resources – but this short list lets the community know the work we do, and the need we have for greater community participation. Come be a part of Project Lazarus of Catawba County!!

Monthly Meeting are the first Thursday of each and every month (Thursdays that are national holiday move the meeting to the following Thursday). See the Project Lazarus of Catawba County Facebook page for the schedule of locations for monthly meetings and events.