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IPRC Newsletter - An Ounce of Prevention (Jan. 2018)


Our goal is to provide prevention resources and
services to help you improve your community.
Strengthening a behavioral health system that
promotes prevention, treatment, and recovery.
To promote and sustain healthy environments
and behaviors across the lifespan.
We partner with state and national agencies to provide training and
education, evaluation, special data reports, program and
curriculum selection and resource materials that are all tailored
for your community's or organization’s specific needs.

Farewell Tribute:
Dr. Barbara Seitz de Martinez

On January 1, 2018, the world lost the truly wonderful person of Dr. Barbara Seitz de Martinez. While Barbara was dedicated and passionate about being the Deputy Director of the IPRC, she embodied so much more than her title. To our organization, she was an exceptional friend, a true role model, a caring boss, and a spirited professional. Barbara always made herself available to anyone who had a question, wanted advice, or needed an understanding shoulder to lean on regarding a work or personal problem. The IPRC staff and the numerous other lives who were touched by Barbara's kindness feel her absence and miss her daily.

Because of Barbara's love of nature and as a physical reminder that her spirit is with us every day, the IPRC will be planting a memorial tree with a plaque that is dedicated to her. If you would like to make a donation to this memorial, please click on the "Give Now" link or on the button that is on the right side of the IPRC home page. You will be able to indicate that the donation should go toward a memorial to honor Dr. Barbara Seitz de Martinez. Donations of any size are appreciated to show tribute to Barbara's beautiful presence in our lives.

"The IPRC could always count on Barbara's unfailing support for us in our work and personal lives. She was a humble and kind-hearted person who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others."

"Barbara's efforts after the mud slide caused by Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua were remarkable. She went down to help after the terrible flooding and 30 foot wall of mud that killed over a thousand people and wiped entire towns (built on the sides of a volcano) off the map. She worked at finding, identifying, and burying bodies. She was very brave."

"Barbara was one of the brightest people I knew. She could keep many
balls juggling in the air at one time."

"Barbara was a wonderful woman and a fabulous boss. She went to
Nicaragua in 1998 to help out after our sister-city was devastated by
mudslides and flooding. A natural disaster of unimaginable proportions
– and Barbara jumped in to help."

"Barbara was very funny, compassionate, and caring person. She was a
super woman, and she would jump into action with plan B, plan C, etc.
She would skip her lunch to help her coworkers. She had a story for
each and every situation."

"Barbara saw the sunshine inside of each living creature. She shared her compassion for others with everyone. Barbara’s presence in the world has made it better, and we are better after having known her."

Remembering Barbara: A Letter From
Our Executive Director

It is with deep sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Dr. Barbara Seitz de Martinez. Barbara was the Deputy Executive Director, Head Librarian, and Director of GIS and Hispanic/Latino Projects at the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC). Her life and her work were impressive gifts of helping others.

Barbara was dedicated to helping prevent substance misuse and promote wellness in children, adults, families, and communities. During her 28 years of service at the IPRC, Barbara held many leadership roles in community, state, national, and international boards and committees, most recently serving on the board for the Indiana Latino Institute and the Data Committee of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. Barbara was a long-time member of the international Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists Association.

In her innumerable scholarly writings and presentations, Barbara invariably promoted cultural awareness and appreciation as a central tenet to understanding and helping others. Since the mid-80’s, Barbara was a dedicated member of Bloomington Posoltega Sister Cities International. In 1992, she served as President, and over the years participated in numerous projects, including IU Optometry trips where students and professors delivered eye glasses to thousands of Nicaraguan people, many from small villages.

The common thread running throughout Barbara’s life was her deep and genuine commitment to promoting social justice in the public sphere. She tirelessly strove to better humans’ circumstances, and she went about this work with a great sense of purpose, empathy, kindness, and respect. As individuals and organizations dedicated to public health, Barbara’s legacy will remain with us. We are heartened and honored by her life.
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Indiana Alcohol Laws and Local Efforts Webinar
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Culture Training Part 1 Webinar
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Culture Training Part 2 Webinar
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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (MI) Training*

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Resource of the Month

Healthcare coverage can be confusing – especially now. Covering Kids & Families of Indiana can help the individuals and families you serve enroll in and keep state and federal healthcare coverage (Medicaid, Hoosier Healthwise, HIP, Marketplace). They promote and facilitate healthcare coverage by building coalitions that enroll, educate, and support Hoosiers. Additionally, they advocate for strong and inclusive public policies. Visit www.ckfindiana.org to find your local Covering Kids & Families Coalition.

Covering Kids & Families is also proud to be the lead agency for the Indiana School Health Network which holds an annual conference (June 19 -20, 2018). Every year they explore hot topics and best practices from around Indiana and the nation that impact all aspects of student health as demonstrated by the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/wscc/). Individuals interested in submitting a proposal or requesting a scholarship should contact Norma at nnapoli@ckfindiana.org. Visit www.inschoolhealth.org for more information.

5 Tips for Using Proper
Ergonomics in the Workplace

Proper office ergonomics can help you and your joints stay comfortable at work. Adapting tasks, work stations, tools, and equipment to fit the worker can help reduce the physical stress a worker’s body may have and decrease the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. Whether you are a new employee, at a new workstation, or wanting to improve your office space, you can follow these five tips to stay comfortable during the workday.

Adjust Your Chair. Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair and adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips. Adjust the back of the chair so that your upper and lower back are supported. Adjust the armrests so that your shoulders are relaxed. If your armrests are in the way, you might consider removing them.

Position Your Mouse and Keyboard. Place your mouse within easy reach and on the same surface as your keyboard. While typing or using your mouse, keep your wrists straight, your upper arms close to your body, and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts to reduce extended mouse use.

Position your Monitor and Telephone. Adjust the monitor and source documents so that your neck is in a neutral and relaxed position. Center the monitor directly in front of you above your keyboard with the top of the monitor approximately 2-3” above seated eye level. Sit at least an arm's length away from the screen and adjust the distance for your vision. If you frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, place your phone on speaker or use a headset rather than cradling the phone between your head and neck.

Footrest. If your chair is too high for you to rest your feet flat on the floor or the height of your desk requires you to raise the height of your chair, you should use a footrest. If a footrest is not available, try using a small stool or a stack of sturdy books instead.

Take Pauses and Breaks. Prolonged, static postures will inhibit blood circulation and take a toll on your body. It is recommended that you take short 1-2 minute stretch breaks every 20-30 minutes. After each hour of work, you can take a break or change tasks for at least 5-10 minutes. Always try to get away from your computer during lunch breaks. You can also avoid eye fatigue by resting and refocusing your eyes periodically. This can be done by looking away from the monitor and focusing on something in the distance. You can also rest your eyes by covering them with your palms for 10-15 seconds. It is important to move as much as possible.

More Details Resource

Ergonomics: The Study of Work [PDF]. (2000). U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Susan Samuel is a Research Associate who works on the Indiana Youth Survey team. Susan is always working toward obtaining high achievements and is working toward accomplishing her work goals every day. She has two important work tips. One is to write notes as things occur and prioritize these notes according to due dates. Second, she recognizes the importance of being faithful to an organization and respecting bosses and coworkers. Her philosophy in life is, “do not sweat the little things; stop and smell the roses.” In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and crocheting. Susan considers the greatest invention ever to be the airplane because it is easier and less time consuming than taking a car or boat as a means of transportation.
“It always seems impossible until it is done."

Community Corner

The Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County will be volunteering with an Adolescent Peer Group (APG) in March. they have put in a good deal of time meeting to form this group, which is the first in Indiana! Below is some additional information about APG and how you can get involved.

Greg Williams’ documentary, “Generation Found,” recently brought Alternative Peer Groups (APG) out of the Houston shadows and into the light of national attention. APG models are not clinically-based, but they are instead community-based recovery services that have clinical support. An APG strives to assist teens who struggle with substance use disorder in finding a path to recovery by recreating and strengthening healthy relationships with both recovery-minded peers and their own family members. Youth can expect to be in a group with their own peers where they can relate to each other in discussing common challenges and choices of positive solutions. Engaging in fun and challenging activities together is also a key component. APGs are relationship-based, and an enthusiastic recovery is key.
The APG model is often a full-time after-school program. As of March 8th, Grace Recovery will be launching a pilot APG program. Initially, this will include 10 teens and their families. The Grace Recovery APG will meet on Thursday nights and will include multi-family group work on one Thursday a month. We will also engage in one sober social event monthly.

If you have a teen you feel might be a good candidate for this program or would like more information, please email. Jason Padgett at tafiapg@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/tafiapg/.

Well done Amanda Hager and the members of the Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County for incorporating new groups in your area and prevention work!
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