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2015 Trauma & Reentry Workshop

On October 14, 2015, STAR continued its Professional Development Series with ‘Trauma & Reentry" where Dr. Fred Rottneck - St. Louis County Department of Health - moderated panelists  Dr. Vetta Sanders Thompson, Khatib Waheed and Joey Yancey from the North St. Louis City & County Resilience Commission and Jennifer Brinkman of the Regional Health Commission spoke to St. Louis area reentry professionals on the traumatic circumstances and stress that accompanies those in the process of reentry. Attendees held a Q & A session with panelists and group discussions. Thank you to all the presenters.

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2015 Forum on Heroin

On Friday, August 28, 2015 Employment Connection hosted a special community forum on heroin. Dr. William Harvey – the keynote – spoke to a packed room at Employment Connection's offices in St. Louis; Dr. Harvey has worked to stop heroin’s impact on communities at a national level since the 70s and continues to do so today as he acts as a consultant with several national organizations like the National Drug Information Centre for Families in Action.

Along with Dr. Harvey, Nancy McCarthy – STAR’s Co-Chair & Regional Administrator of Missouri Dept. of Corrections, Scott Anders – Deputy Chief of U.S. Probation Office, and Jared Opsal – Public Awareness Specialist for NCADA, shared their perspectives on the current state of heroin and ways to impact change here in St. Louis.

Thanks to the following organizations for sponsoring the event: Employment Connection, STAR, ARCHS, U.S. Probation Office, and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA).

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Trauma and Reentry Workshop: October 14, 2015

Rottnek-FredWednesday, October 14, 2015

8 am to Noon

"The Dome"

5400 Arsenal Street, St. Louis, MO 63139

Featuring: Presentations by the Regional Health Commission (Alive and Well STL Initiative) and North St. Louis City and County Resilience Commission.

Guest Moderator: Dr. Fred Rottnek, MAHCM, Medical Director for the St. Louis County Department of Health; and Medical Director of the Area Health Education Center in the Department Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University.

Fee: Free

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STAR's August Coffee Chat Recap

STAR's Coffee Chat on August 19, 2015 brought together several staffers from area reentry programs to discuss successful family and community engagement strategies. Represented were: Center for Women in Transition, Better Family Life, St. Louis County Jail, and Community Mediation Services of St. Louis. STAR's "coffee chats" provide reentry professionals with an informal setting to learn about each other's work and share resources. Thanks to the St. Louis Public Library's Buder Branch for hosting the event.

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Coffee Chat: August 19, 2015


Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Time: 9:30 am to 11 am

Location: St. Louis Public Library - Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109

Cost: Free - pre-registration required. (Only 60 registrations available)

Topic: Successful Family & Community Reengagement with Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Featuring: Center for Women in Transition, Better Family Life, St. Louis County Jail, and Community Mediation Services of St. Louis


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