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April Health Expo 

The Family Health Expo is a FREE annual event that has been coordinated by the Partnership for many years. The expo provides health screenings and educational materials to the general public.  Children enjoy fun activities and carnival games as well as demonstrations on safety.  The expo is supported by local businesses, organizations, and agencies.  The Family Health Expo provides many medical testing opportunities such as mammograms,  blood sugar, cholesterol, and vision screenings; and has more than 50 exhibits with information on accessing local resources to support family health and mental health.  Our 24th Annual Health Expo is scheduled for April 22, 2023 at Mineral Area College Field House from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 



Vaping Awareness​

Due to the surge in usage of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, The SFCCP has partnered with Missouri Prevention Consultants and ACT Missouri to provide information on the hazards of using and/or abusing these devices. There is a vast amount of misinformation that is being given to not just adults, but to our children as well.  Initially marketed as "quit-smoking" aids, in many cases, they have become merely an alternative nicotine delivery system replacing tobacco cigarettes.  Also they may also be used to deliver illicit substances into the body.  The double-sided postcards below are one the first parts of this information campaign, which were sent to all households with 9th graders in St. Francois County to assist them in a discussion of vaping with their children.  

Too Good For Drugs Program 

Skills development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal K-12 prevention education program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) use. The lessons introduce and develop skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, developing self-efficacy, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure and influence.

Too Good for Drugs teaches five essential character development skills to build self-efficacy, promote healthy development, and academic success:

  • Setting Reachable Goals

  • Making Responsible Decisions

  • Bonding with Pro-Social Others

  • Identifying and Managing Emotions

  • Communicating Effectively



Underage Drinking & Substance Abuse

Underage Drinking:  St. Francois County Community Partnership, in cooperation with the five school disctricts of St. Francois Coutny, engaged in a prevention program targeted to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade school children to discuss and present materials and programs to raise awareness of underage drinking.  The program was made possible through two grants from The Department of Mental Health.  School assemblies, media ads, radio broadcast statements, student slogan contests, and student surveys were conducted to raise public awareness.


Substance Abuse:  The St. Francois County Community Partnership received a grant through ACT Missouri, funded by the Misouri Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Division.  The project addresses prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse prevention.  The target audience is middle school students.  Data related to St. Francois County denotes a serious problem in this age group. 

Season Of Hope

Since 1999 St. Francois County Community Partnership has coordinated a county-wide effort to provide all the children of St. Francois County with a joyous holiday season.  Last year 1,135 children in St. Francois County were given a much brighter season because of the donations and efforts from this community.  Over the years it has been an incredible journey as friends and neighbors from every community have worked together to serve low-income families.  Many people have given generously to provide children with warm clothing, toys and gifts.  More importantly, this spirit of giving has provided HOPE.  Hope that tomorrow will be better.  Hope that our children’s lives will be rich and rewarding.  We invite you to join with us in support of  “Season of Hope.”  



Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative:

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 and ranks among the top four leading causes of death for Missourians between the ages of 10 and 54.  Missouri ranks 17th in the nation in its rate of reported suicides.  St. Francois County Community Partnership is approved as a Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, which is a nationally recognized program that distributes Yellow Ribbon cards with listed information on how to access help for those at risk.  SFCCP also has available packets of information to anyone interested on resources in the area to turn to, hotline numbers, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and other helpful information.  SFCCP has also raised awareness of youth suicide prevention through assistance with school assemblies and newspaper and radio ads.

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