jerrydyckman:

Some of you may have been wondering why there was a heart model and some anatomical charts in our Biostats class this morning…well they were kindly loaned to team A.R.T.S. by Dr. Julianne Hall and we will be bringing these to the Healthy Me Fitness Day at Tramway Elementary School.  We will be taking part in a 12 minute fitness activity where they will be used to teach the students about their heart and the importance of physical activity as it relates to heart health and fighting chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.  We helped design the activity around this idea and will be teaching the students about the heart as a muscle they need to exercise, how to check their pulse, demonstrate how some of their favorites activities impact their heart rate, and how often they need to perform some of these activities in order to promote their health.  It should be very interesting and we will definitely report back as to how the event turns out.

jerrydyckman:

Some of you may have been wondering why there was a heart model and some anatomical charts in our Biostats class this morning…well they were kindly loaned to team A.R.T.S. by Dr. Julianne Hall and we will be bringing these to the Healthy Me Fitness Day at Tramway Elementary School.  We will be taking part in a 12 minute fitness activity where they will be used to teach the students about their heart and the importance of physical activity as it relates to heart health and fighting chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.  We helped design the activity around this idea and will be teaching the students about the heart as a muscle they need to exercise, how to check their pulse, demonstrate how some of their favorites activities impact their heart rate, and how often they need to perform some of these activities in order to promote their health.  It should be very interesting and we will definitely report back as to how the event turns out.

damibello:

Such an exciting time as we prepare for the National Walk to School Day on October 8th and plan our first “Walk to School Day” event at Buies Creek Elementary School.

S/O to Team “Project Lazarus”, came across one of your medicine drop box at the sheriff’s office today.

damibello:

Such an exciting time as we prepare for the National Walk to School Day on October 8th and plan our first “Walk to School Day” event at Buies Creek Elementary School.

S/O to Team “Project Lazarus”, came across one of your medicine drop box at the sheriff’s office today.

andreaheeter:

"Project Lazarus is a non-profit organization that provides training and technical assistance to communities and clinicians addressing prescription medication issues. Using experience, data, and compassion, we empower communities and individuals to prevent drug overdoses and opioid poisonings, establish effective substance use/disease of addiction treatment and support, and meet the needs of those living with pain." (Project Lazarus Brochure)

Ashley, Alyssa, Gabriel, Imari, Alex, and I have been working with the Harnett County Health Department to continue to implement Project Lazarus into the Harnett community. The Health Department has already begun working with the Harnett County Sheriff Department on the project by installing a prescription medicine drop box in the sheriff’s office. Within two weeks of the drop box being installed a shocking 6,000+ pills have been taken off the street or out of a household in the county, according to a representative from the sheriff’s office.

Our team from Campbell University has been anxiously awaiting a meeting set up for Harnett community professionals (school employees, health department officials, home care nurses pharmacists, etc) to give them insight on how Project Lazarus works and how it can work in Harnett County! With the meeting being held this Tuesday, we all got a real taste of the problem and hopefully some solutions!

We learned that Harnett County is considered to be in an epidemic category of prescription drug abuse. Upon speaking with a representative from the sheriff’s department, we discovered the problem is at a higher rate than I imagined in as young as middle school students. Young children are selling or taking medications found in their homes. Another concern from professionals in the county was the sharing of medication. If it worked for Mom’s pain, it can work for Son’s pain as well. Representatives from the Department of Aging showed concern that elderly people may accidentally overdose because they thought they forgot to take a dose so they double up, or they hold onto old prescriptions in case they need them later but they are later used incorrectly or by someone else in the household.

The project is being brought into Harnett County with a grant that can be used in various ways to increase knowledge, empower people to seek help or find answers, to better monitor abuse or misuse of prescription drugs, to better enforce laws on medications and to increase treatment and support for those with abuse problems. The meeting we were invited to attend brought professionals together to discuss how the funding could be used by various facets of the community (schools, faith communities, pharmacies, etc).

The reasoning behind the epidemic is a question that may never be answered. When we discussed the issues, we speculate that access to health care in this rural community could play a large role in the hanging on of previous medications. Sometimes, people find it difficult to get the healthcare they need due to work hours, transportation, insurance and so on. Also, if a community member has a difficult time getting to a physician or pharmacy a larger prescription may be filled to make the travel less for the patient. Whatever the reason, there needs to be a solution.
The solution will not be easy and there is no single answer. This wicked problem is important and difficult to solve. One thing that was discussed by every group across the board was education. Increasing the knowledge of the dangers and prevention was crucial. We discussed the use and carrying by health care workers and some families of Naloxone. This requires money and education of its existence and how it can help.

The role of Campbell’s Team Lazarus has been more defined as this project has gone on. We began the early stages by learning of the need and importance of Project Lazarus. At the meeting we became facilitators to enhance the conversation toward solutions. Our opinions and, although limited for now, knowledge was seen as an important part of the meeting. Since Tuesday we have been asked to help write the grant proposal with the Harnett County Health Department. We feel more committed to this cause than ever and more proud to be a part of change with every day that passes. I am very proud of myself and my teammates on the level of professionalism and respect shown and the work ethic we are putting into this project. I cannot wait to meet with our preceptors again to get one step closer to possibly making a change in the community.

jennplair:

Team Head Start working on our oral hygiene lesson!

jennplair:

Team Head Start working on our oral hygiene lesson!

alexandragamrod:

Today the Harnett County Health Department hosted an event for Project Lazarus! The event opened up with a talk about what Project Lazarus has done in other counties and what Harnett County can do to reduce prescription drug abuse.  After the speaker, everyone broke up into groups to discuss what they believe their role is in the community and what they think should be done to expand primary prevention and ultimately increase recovery.  Overall, I learned a lot about the project, the roles of these individuals in the communities, and what they believe should be done in Harnett County.  After preparation and research, it was a success! Go Team Lazarus! 

drew-mcknight:

29 days away!  As the day nears our group of 5 have narrowed down the schools we would like to visit. Food for thought- would they be more likely to participate if we walked to the school to talk with them? This crossed my mind recently and I think I’ll give it a try in the next few days…don’t worry, I’ll report back in. Maybe I’ll even run the data through SPSS. 
Until then, happy trails. 
Drew

drew-mcknight:

29 days away!  As the day nears our group of 5 have narrowed down the schools we would like to visit. Food for thought- would they be more likely to participate if we walked to the school to talk with them? This crossed my mind recently and I think I’ll give it a try in the next few days…don’t worry, I’ll report back in. Maybe I’ll even run the data through SPSS. 

Until then, happy trails. 

Drew