Health and Wellness Advocates of Cherokee County to Recognize April Health Champion
In fiscal year 2011, it was reported that 676,569 children were victims of child abuse or neglect (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012). April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and it is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. Child abuse and neglect are preventable and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is working to reduce the incidence of child abuse with strong leadership, outreach education, and increasing awareness.
On April 18, 2017 the Health and Wellness Advocates of Cherokee County recognized the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for their dedication in reducing the incidence of child abuse. The Sheriff’s Office has developed a variety of strategic outreach initiatives in order to raise awareness and educate the public. Sheriff Groves is on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Kansas, which is a non-profit organization that helps with forensic interviews as well as providing an advocate to the child throughout the court process. Education is a major component in reducing child abuse and the Sheriff’s Office offers programs utilizing shaken baby simulators that teach participants the life altering consequences of shaking a baby. Child safety is also promoted by offering regular car seat safety checks for local families. Local teens are educated on the importance of personal safety and the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and social media.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is proactive in providing education to improve the future of area children. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, they will be available for questions at the Senior Health and Information Fair at Spring River Wellness on Thursday April 27th from 8-11:30 discussing scams and protection against property theft. The Sheriff’s Office will also be coordinating the Cherokee County Drug Take Back Program on April 29th to collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The Health and Wellness Advocates of Cherokee County would like to thank the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for their dedication to the safety and wellness of area youth.
Numerous companies, social groups, and individuals throughout the county have identified making wellness a priority for their employees, youth, and peers has long-term benefits including improved health, increased productivity, and enhanced quality of life. The Health and Wellness Advocates of Cherokee County need your help in highlighting the organizations throughout the county that are making health and wellness a priority. Please nominate a Cherokee County Health Champion by emailing or calling Christina Holmes at ChristinaHolmes@ksu.edu or 620-429-3849.
Kansas State University is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision, or hearing disability, contact Christina Holmes, Cherokee County Extension, 124 W. Country Rd, Columbus, KS 66725, phone 620-429-3849 or email ChristinaHolmes@ksu.edu.