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.
Sheriff David Groves and Chief Deputy Shane Gibson received the 2016 Platinum Award for Community Traffic Safety from AAA of Kansas during this mornings County Commissioner Meeting. The Sheriff’s Office received the Gold Level Award in 2011 and 2012 and have received the Platinum Award, the highest level awarded by AAA of Kansas, for the past four consecutive years.
“It’s an honor to receive this award and recognition which is the result of hard work by our dedicated deputy’s, strong support for our traffic safety programs from the Board of Commissioners and partnerships between our agency, area businesses, schools, students and our entire community,” stated Sheriff Groves following the presentation.
When I first ran for Sheriff, I told this community my goal was to establish a Sheriff’s Office you could trust and be proud of. This Tuesday is Election Day and for the first time, I am running unopposed. Having no opposition on the ballot, I’ve been asked numerous times over the past few months why I’m out campaigning at community events, parades, forums, etc… Well, to be honest, there are a couple reasons. First, I believe every vote is important. You’re vote is valuable and I want to earn it, even if there isn’t someone running against me. Second, I really care about the people of this community. I enjoy talking with everyone and want to give you opportunities to share any concerns you may have about activity in your neighborhoods or provide feedback, positive or otherwise, about the direction the Sheriff’s Office has taken.
While out on the campaign trail, I have been continuously overwhelmed by your words of support and encouragement. As I have said to nearly everyone who has conveyed a compliment or their appreciation, our success would not be possible without the incredible team of professionals who choose to join me in serving the citizens of this county. Their dedication and commitment to excellence impresses me on a daily basis and, like you, I’m grateful for their service to our county. The other component that has led to our successes at the Sheriff’s Office is you. Without the support we receive from the citizens of Cherokee County, we would not have been able to make the incredible progress we have. And, while we have made great strides, we will continue to work hard daily to exceed your expectations!
As you go to the polls, I want to thank you for the honor of serving as your sheriff for the past 8 years and ask for your continued support and your vote!
Sheriff, Cherokee County