Grace Halstead has been an advocate in the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition for five years. She first got involved in FACT, the statewide, youth-led tobacco prevention movement, at Tipler Middle School and has been advocating for tobacco-related issues ever since. Grace played a key role in advocating for tobacco-free parks in the city of Oshkosh, and her hard work and dedication paid off last January when the Advisory Park Board passed a citywide tobacco-free parks rule! Grace has always been a team-player and motivator for the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition and has grown into a leader. It’s been awesome to see Grace find her voice and use it to improve Oshkosh. Thank you Grace!
In 2018, re:TH!NK updated the mission statement and logo, worked on Safe Routes to Parks audits, educated youth about healthy food choices, partnered with the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, conducted Festival Scans, and finally reached its goal of tobacco-free parks in Oshkosh!
It has been a successful first year for the Connected Community Wellness Screen program at Oshkosh North and West High Schools! In collaboration with re:TH!NK’s Healthy Lifestyles Committee and the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD), Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley first implemented the Wellness Screen in Oshkosh North and West High Schools in fall 2014 and has continued to screen students through the spring 2015 semester. Screening has been available to all students at both schools through parental and student consent.
The Connected Community Wellness Screen is a free and voluntary resource for students who want to have a mental health “check-in” and is a great program to ensure mental well-being for students. Two of WCHD’s AmeriCorps Members assisted the Samaritan counselors working for the Wellness Screen by walking the students through the screening and debriefing with them afterward. Over 200 students completed the screening in Oshkosh.
re:TH!NK and the Winnebago County Health Department was proud to support this necessary tool to assist teens in connecting with local mental health resources and providers.
Parents are the Key is a program designed to help parents keep their teen drivers safe. This CDC program encourages parents to set the rules of the road and to enforce those rules with a parent-teen driving agreement. Car crashes are the number 1 killer of teens with driver inexperience as the main cause. Because parents have the greatest influence over their teen’s behavior, they play a key role in preventing teen car crashes and deaths.
As a result of findings from the Winnebago County Child Death Review Team, re:TH!NK, in collaboration with the Sheriff’s Office and Dept of Human Services, promoted this safe teen driver campaign in schools and the community in 2011. Outreach and promotion of the program was available at the Winnebago County Fair, Lifest, Parent/Teacher conferences and parent meetings at all schools in Winnebago County and at monthly immunization clinics held by the county.
240 students enrolled in driver’s education classes were provided literature on the campaign. Mass mailings were done for Winnebago County 10th grade students with 1585 students receiving the brochure and driver agreement. There was also a television interview done on a local Green Bay station about Parents are the Key.
“In the last 5 years, Winnebago County has had 17 teen deaths by car crash.” Winnebago County Coroner’s Office