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LAUNCH Flagstaff monthly update

| April 3, 2020
LAUNCH Flagstaff monthly update

April is Child Abuse Prevention Monthand this is top of mind for me as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic and the looming economic recession that will likely follow.  The stress today on our families is unprecedented and my fear is that some children may bear the brunt of that reality.

The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth recently published their Prevention Plan & Needs Assessment.  In the report, Virginia WatahomigieCCC&Y Executive Director says, “We can no longer say-this is not my problem. The effects of childhood trauma have tremendous costs to society, and it is imperative that we develop the understanding of why and what can be done.”

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Bilingual update: Altice Advantage Internet service offered free for 60 days for households with K-12 and/or college students

| April 3, 2020
Bilingual update: Altice Advantage Internet service offered free for 60 days for households with K-12 and/or college students

Altice USA recognizes the important role we play in providing our Optimum and Suddenlink customers with connectivity solutions, and we are committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this unprecedented time. For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage Internet service for free for 60 days – only pay the already discounted installation fee.

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KidsCare Premiums Waived During COVID-19 Emergency

| April 2, 2020
KidsCare Premiums Waived During COVID-19 Emergency

Great news! For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, KidsCare health coverage premiums and any premium balances are waived! Arizona will also stop disenrollment of AHCCCS/Medicaid participants, unless the individual moves out of state or voluntarily opts out of coverage. Participants who were disenrolled during the month of March will have their coverage reinstated for the duration of the emergency.

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United Way of Northern Arizona Begins Distributing COVID-19 Fund Grants

| March 31, 2020
United Way of Northern Arizona Begins Distributing COVID-19 Fund Grants

We hope that you are continuing to stay safe and stay positive during these trying times.

To help with the staying positive part, we are very happy to report that grants from the COVID-19 Fund established last week are already going out to recipients.

The first grant, made possible because of your donations, was awarded to the Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff to help support it’s “Club on the Go” bags to keep our kids engaged and active.

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2020 Health and Welfare Resource Networking meetings in Coconino County

| March 30, 2020
2020 Health and Welfare Resource Networking meetings in Coconino County

A variety of  health and welfare resource networking meetings are held each month in Coconino County. The meetings are presented in local restaurants, libraries, health care agencies and other locations where health professionals and representatives from a variety of governmental and non-profit organizations share information on upcoming programs and events that benefit the health and welfare of children, youth, parents and seniors throughout the region.

The following is a listing of some of those meetings. Please send any updates to frank@coconinokids.org

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Mindfulness Spotlight: Message to all of us

| March 26, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: Message to all of us

What an experience! Each of us is creating our new normal. Extra time at home brings up different emotions for all of us. Maybe some joy in the novelty. Maybe some stress in having kids home more often without a routine. Maybe mixed feelings about extra family time. Maybe a sadness for missing events. Maybe angry about  being temporarily out of work. Maybe overwhelmed because you are a health care or emergency service provider. Or maybe hopeful for humanity as you witness folks reaching out to each other and new ways. Most likely a mix of throughout a day! Whatever you are feelings it’s ok!

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Bilingual update: Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline

| March 26, 2020
Bilingual update: Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline

Trained crisis intervention specialists are available every day of the year to help over the phone anytime.

The crisis line is confidential. It is open to anyone who needs help.

Our specialists can help in many ways, including:

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District 2 Supervisor Liz Archuleta — Caring for Yourself and During This Time

| March 26, 2020
District 2 Supervisor Liz Archuleta — Caring for Yourself and During This Time

During this time it is crucial that you are taking care of both your physical and mental health and well being. Below you will find the “Self-Care Wheel” that offers some ideas on how to care for yourself during this time. Remember, you are not alone in this. This is only temporary and we will get through this together.

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Flagstaff Family Food Center Needs Volunteers

| March 23, 2020
Flagstaff Family Food Center Needs Volunteers

The Flagstaff Family Food Center needs volunteers.

Most critical needs:

• Emergency Food Box Program: Tue-Sat 9am-1pm
• Sandwich Making: Daily 10am-2pm
• Grab-N-Go Dinner Service: Daily 3:30-6pm

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United Way of Northern Arizona Launches COVID-19 Fund

| March 23, 2020
United Way of Northern Arizona Launches COVID-19 Fund

We at the United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA) hope that this message finds you well during these turbulent times. 

We have launched the UWNA COVID-19 Fund, an emergency campaign to help those organizations providing basic needs to our friends and neighbors as we cope with the fallout from the coronavirus.

Although there currently is a limited amount of confirmed cases in our region, the impact of this virus is already being felt in our communities. Schools have closed. Many businesses have temporarily shut their doors or are operating on a limited basis. Our social safety nets are being tested.

When we face emergencies like this, it is up to us to ‘Live United’ and support those who need us most.

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