re:TH!NK is always fortunate to have interns and AmeriCorps members supporting the coalition. It is with mixed feelings we announce that our summer intern and our two AmeriCorps members- Jamie Constantine, Stevie Brookly and Tae-In Lee (shown left to right in the photo)- will be leaving the Winnebago County Health Department and starting their new journey. They have all worked hard and accomplished so much, and we are truly grateful for all that they have done. While we are sad to have them leave, we are also excited for them and wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors. Here are their thoughts about the experience at the health department:
Jamie: “This summer I’ve really enjoyed my time working as a member of the community health and prevention division. I volunteered with the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition for the majority of my teenage years and learned a little bit about public health, but, my internship has taught me way more and provided invaluable experience. My main duties included tobacco-free parks education, working with the youth coalition, and conducting tobacco compliance checks. I’ve also been able to become a part of the social place connectedness team and policy team which has helped me learn more about the public health sector and explore other interests. The time I’ve spent with WCHD has been great and has influenced whatever I end up doing with my life. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had and hopefully it won’t be the last (wink wink, see you in December?).”
Stevie: “I spent a year at the health department as the Farm to School AmeriCorps, and I would like to thank everyone for all they have done for me. I really enjoyed going to schools and teaching children about healthy eating behaviors and supporting local farmers. I’ve learned so much, and I hope to cherish this experience for the rest of my life. Thank you!”
Tae: “What an awesome and unforgettable year it has been! I can’t express how thankful I am and how much I will miss everyone here. All the experience, the personal and professional growth, and getting to meet and know you are only three of the numerous reasons that I will cherish this experience for the rest of my life. I will be continuing my public health journey at Boston University, but I will definitely be visiting Oshkosh/Wisconsin again.”
The Menasha Police Department is a member of the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action Team. Recently, they have become an active member in bringing our local CHEERS! Responsible Beverage Service Training to Menasha. Staff at the Menasha Police Department were very excited to have the opportunity to bring this new training to the area, so local liquor license holders could get further training how to responsibly serve and sell alcohol to patrons.
Most recently, the Menasha Police Department held their first CHEERS! Training in April. Officer Daniel Hoernke has helped spearhead this effort, with support from Chief Styka, and through the expansion of the CHEERS! Program, we had over 40 individuals attend representing over 10 establishments at the first training. It is through these efforts that we hope to create a safer alcohol environment in Winnebago County. We thank the Menasha Police Department for helping us in our efforts to expand the CHEERS! Responsible Beverage Service Training and for being a strong partner in building a healthier and safer alcohol environment in our community!
It is with mixed emotions we announce Autumn Linsmeier, coalition co-coordinator with re:TH!NK, will be leaving us June 15. She has accepted a position with the Department of Children and Families in Madison as a Budget and Policy Analyst. She is very excited for this new opportunity, but will miss us dearly.
Autumn has been working at the WCHD for the past year not only as coalition co-coordinator but also as Co-Advisor for the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition and as the staff liaison to the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action Team. Because of her leadership, the team has seen recent success with the Cheers! Responsible Beverage Server program and with building relationships with local event organizers on improving the sale and service of alcohol. Autumn presented this work at the National Alcohol Policy Conference.
We are thankful to have worked with such a passionate and dedicated coordinator. All the best to you Autumn!
The re:TH!NK semi-annual coalition-wide Gathering and Workshop has been rescheduled! Our presenter is Rachel Westenberg, is a community organizer with JOSHUA, a coalition of faith communities in Brown County that works on social justice issues and community building.
Building Relationships with Community Members
- Date: Monday, June 4
- Time: 10am-12pm
- Location: First Congregational Church, Oshkosh 137 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Register to attend using this link
At the WorkShop you will have an opportunity to:
- Meet other re:TH!NK members and partners
- Hear what is going on with all of re:TH!NK’s teams and across the coalition
- Learn how and why to build relationships with community members
re:TH!NK is truly fortunate to have enthusiastic and passionate staff supporting the coalition. It is with mixed feelings we announce that Ellie Nelson will be starting a new journey to pursue dental hygiene in Madison this summer and will be leaving the Winnebago County Health Department on May 11th. She has been with the department for 4 years as an intern, AmeriCorps member and Health Educator. She has supported the re:TH!NK Healthy Foods & Beverages Team throughout that time and has made important contributions to the team’s success. While we are sad to have her leave, we are also excited for her and wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor. We appreciate all that you’ve done and we will miss you!