Partnership for Change, Quarterly Newsletter   
Fall 2013                          
October 28, 2013
In This Issue:
  • Parenting Tip
  • PFC Video - Medicine: It Cures, It Kills
  • Enforcement - Compliance Checks
  • New Info on Marijuana
  • Meet a Coalition Member

Parenting Tip

Connect with other parents:
Now that another school year is underway it is likely that your child is meeting new kids and making new friends.  If your child is going to a new friend's home or social gathering for the first time go to the door to meet the new friend's parent(s).  Also, ask to exchange phone numbers or email addresses so that you can communicate in the future.  Another good tip is to allow your child to be at a friend's home only if a parent is present.

By getting to know the other parent(s) you can always touch base with them on your teens plans.  Help each other to keep tabs on your teens.

Medicine: It Cures, It Kills

Medicine Abuse Awareness Video:
October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and PFC is proud to release its new medicine abuse awareness video specifically made for parents and adult community members.  Share the link to the video and help reduce medicine abuse.

Upcoming Events

PFC Coalition Meeting, Fairview Medical Ctr., Maple Grove
Toward Zero Deaths Conference, St. Cloud


About PFC 
Partnership for Change (PFC) is a community coalition working to reduce youth drug and alcohol use and abuse in the northwest communities of Hennepin County.  PFC is funded by a  SPF-SIG Grant from the MN Department of Human Services - Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.  North Memorial Medical Center is home to PFC.  For more information about PFC go to  
All new PFC website:  Over the last few months a new PFC website has been developed to better serve our coalition members and the communities we serve.  Check it out, bookmark it as a favorite!


Keeping Alcohol Out of the Hands of Youth: PFC has offered funding to local police departments to conduct alcohol compliance checks.  The PFC funding will allow departments to conduct checks more frequently spread throughout the year. “Spreading them out will keep all businesses on their toes,” according to officer Shane Mikkelson, Osseo Police Department. For more information on compliance checks, visit (PFC: Projects: Enforcement) and


SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) a project of the policy solutions lab is a new national coalition of professionals working for balanced, sensible policies that aim to reduce marijuana use.  Marijuana As Medicine:  What does the science say? is a new resource worth checking out.  Knowledge is prevention power.
PFC Proudly Presents
Coalition Champion, Shane Mikkelson:
What PFC accomplishment are you particularly proud of? 
"I am proud of the way that people from different backgrounds, work fields, and life experiences have come together for the common goal of preventing youth alcohol and drug abuse with PFC.  I am always amazed at how many people have dedicated their lives to this topic and how they can all work so hard to make a difference."

What is one tip you have for parents?  "I ask that all parents and the community at large take a special interest in the things that the youth close to them are doing on a daily basis.  We need to stay up with the times, do our research, and watch our kids closely so they can be directed to not make the mistakes that may affect them for the rest of their lives."
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