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New HIP coordinator takes on drug, alcohol, new funding challenges

Angela Graham will lead the Hubbard in Prevention efforts. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

By Anna Erickson

Angela Graham has been named the Hubbard in Prevention (HIP) coalition coordinator to head up the final two years of a five-year state Planning and Implementation grant.

She had been serving as support staff for the grant activity when Beth Heltunen resigned from the coordinator position earlier this month. Graham has been actively involved in the grant activities.

Hubbard County received a five-year $1 million grant through the Minnesota Department of Human Services to address alcohol consumption by youth. CHI St. Joseph’s Health is the fiscal agent. Funding will continue through June 30, 2016.

“We have a very good foundation,” Graham said. “The coalition is very strong and the executive committee is very passionate.”

There will be a lot of learning and she’s looking forward to attending trainings, she added.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges and visiting with parents and students to make the grant successful,” Graham said.

Next steps for HIP include ramping up a parent campaign.

“We’ll be giving parents the tools they need to talk to their kids about not drinking alcohol,” she said.

The coalition also will be looking at sustainability of the group after the grant money has been used.

The student organization “We Decide” is gearing up for leadership training in September and recruiting members at the beginning of the school year.

For more information about Hubbard in Prevention go to www.hub or call Graham at 255-4036.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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