Project updates

FACE-IT in WNC's final implementation site

posted Jul 11, 2011, 8:43 AM by Elizabeth Flemming

FACE-It in WNC will train local providers in Cherokee County 7/25-26. We look forward to the chance to work with medical providers, faith based leaders, behavioral health professionals, local government and others interested in reduce the impact of prescription drug addiction.

FACE-IT WNC Training Graduates 2 More Classes

posted Nov 3, 2010, 12:30 PM by Elizabeth Flemming   [ updated Nov 3, 2010, 1:36 PM ]

In the month of October Mountain AHEC (MAHEC) supported the final two of the three Facing Addiction through Community Empowerment and Intervention Teams in Western North Carolina (FACE-IT in WNC). On Ocotber 14 graduation was held for the participants in Bryson City and on October 22 a group from the Rutherford and Polk County area celebrated their accomplishment. Each training was a total of 15 hours of education about addiction and ways to support prevention and recovery locally. All the graduates will be working on community projects over the upcoming year.

FACE-It WNC completes the 1st of 3 programs

posted Oct 8, 2010, 8:24 AM by Elizabeth Flemming

On September 30, 2010 the first Facing Addiction through Community Empowerment and Intervention Teams in Western North Carolina (FACE-IT) participants received their certificates signifying the completion of an extensive 15-hour training on alcohol and drug use, abuse and addiction. Community leaders gathered at  to congratulate the participants on their accomplishment and to show their support. See attached for the full announcement.

New Training Dates for Bryson City 10/12-10/15

posted Aug 24, 2010, 11:43 AM by Elizabeth Flemming   [ updated Sep 24, 2010, 12:36 PM ]

October 12-14 are the new dates for the Bryson City FACE-IT training. Due to needing to bring in a new trainer we had to reschedule. We will hold it at United Community Bank. Thanks for the flexibility.

Burnsville, NC FACE-It Roll Out 8/12 6-7:30PM

posted Jul 29, 2010, 12:21 PM by Elizabeth Flemming

Reduce Prescription Drug and other Substance Abuse


Unintentional poisoning deaths in North Carolina have increased from 279 deaths in 1999 to 1016 deaths in 2008. Over half of these lethal overdoses were attributed to prescription medication, not Heroin, Cocaine or other illicit drugs.


Mountain AHEC will hold a meeting to share information about (FACE-IT! in WNC) Facing Addiction through Community Empowerment and Intervention Teams in Burnsville, NC. The meeting in Burnsville is scheduled for Thursday, August 12, 2010 ~ 6:00pm-7:30pm In Conjunction with Healthy Yancy and the Mitchell Community Health Partnership at St. Thomas Episcopal Church 372 Reser voir Road, Burnsville, NC (behind CVS, Burger King and Sav-More).


FACE-IT Presentation at Community Engagement Team Meeting 8/31 in Rutherfordton

posted Jul 29, 2010, 12:17 PM by Elizabeth Flemming   [ updated Jul 29, 2010, 12:29 PM ]

Join us for the FACE-IT! WNC Roll out in Rutherfordton, NC on 8/31/2010 from 10-11 at the County Annex Building. MAHEC will be holding a FACE-IT training in your area to teach local community members invested in addressing prescription drug abuse and addiction about substance abuse prevention, treatment and community response.

FACE-It at the Polk County Wellness Coalition

posted Jul 14, 2010, 12:15 PM by Elizabeth Flemming   [ updated Jul 14, 2010, 12:29 PM ]

Concerned residents of Polk County are invited to a lunch time meeting on July 22, 2010 to learn about ways to help
prevent and reduce prescription drug abuse. The meeting will be held in Conjunction with the Polk County Wellness Coalition Meeting

Thursday, July 22, 2010 ~ 11:30am-12:30pm           
Polk County Library
1289 West Mills Street, Columbus, NC

Bryson City, NC is ready to FACE-IT!

posted Jul 14, 2010, 12:04 PM by Elizabeth Flemming   [ updated Jul 14, 2010, 12:15 PM ]

The Mental Health Education Department at Mountain AHEC is pleased to announce we’re bringing Facing Addiction through Community Empowerment and Intervention Teams (FACE-IT!) to Swain County in collaboration with the Safe and Drug Free Coalition.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Bryson City UMC 76 Main St. Bryson City, NC

The goal of FACE-IT! is to reduce prescription misuse, abuse and other substance use disorders in WNC communities. Thanks to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), we are able to offer local training to support your community to better respond to these issues.

Register for a door prize and enjoy a wonderful lunch.
Hope to see you there.

Yancey/ Mitchell Forum a Great Success!

posted Jun 17, 2010, 8:17 AM by Elizabeth Flemming   [ updated Jun 17, 2010, 8:29 AM ]

June 10, 2010 Agenda

5:45pm – Gather (snacks available now, and throughout the meeting)

 6:00 Speakers

 Fred Brason, Project Lazarus

 Travis Peterson, ARP-Phoenix

 Elizabeth Flemming, MAHEC

 7:00 Break into small groups, with each group having members of different discipline (education, counseling, medicine, government, law enforcement, pharmacy, churches)

 7:30 Rejoin as a large group and report 1 or 2 main goals identified by each small group

 8:00 Select next steps and Conclude, with a date set for the next gathering.

 8:20 Adjourn

Community Readiness

posted Mar 12, 2010, 12:09 PM by Elizabeth Flemming

As we move down the road to getting the project ready to go I think about where each WNC community is in terms of what strengths they have, problems they face and the issues of alcohol and drugs and prescription drug abuse. I have been reading a lot about Community Readiness and with the help of Zach White be able to use this theory and model to best support each community that participates in FACE-IT.

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