Monday, March 27, 2017

Skaggs Foundation, CoxHealth to host Community Summit on substance abuse

Event begins at 9 a.m. April 13 at the Hughes Brothers Theatre

Marietta Hagan
Project Coordinator
Skaggs Foundation and CoxHealth invite the community to join them Thursday, April 13, when Dr. Bill Geary, a national expert on substance abuse prevention and community coalitions, will facilitate a discussion on proactive approaches the communities of Stone and Taney counties can take to combat substance abuse. The Substance Abuse Initiative Community Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hughes Brothers Theatre in Branson.

“At this event, we want to bring together community members and leaders from Stone and Taney
counties for an opportunity to learn about the Substance Abuse Initiative,” explains CoxHealth Project Coordinator Marietta Hagan. “Substance abuse has been identified as a top concern by residents of both Stone and Taney counties. Together, CoxHealth and Skaggs Foundation have stepped up to the plate to invest the resources necessary to lead this initiative.”

Hagan explained that the goal of the initiative is to support the region’s social and economic prosperity by engaging key stakeholders around the topic of local substance abuse, identifying community resources, encouraging collaboration of those resources and implementing proven prevention efforts.

During the community summit, Dr. Geary will present the results of a recent community assessment and share his recommendations as to how the community can move forward. In addition to Dr. Geary’s presentation, local substance abuse experts will share their experiences and insights on the topic and area agencies will highlight existing programs and efforts already underway.

“People from all sectors of the community will benefit from attending the summit,” says Hagan. “Whether you live or just work in Stone or Taney counties, the success and prosperity of the region depends on the community’s willingness to join together to keep the Ozarks a safe place to live, work and play.”

The Substance Abuse Initiative will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 13, at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, 3425 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson. For more information about the upcoming summit or the Substance Abuse Initiative, call Hagan at 417-335-7333 or email

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