The Celina Kiwanis welcomed scholarship winners Logan Boley, Karlee Huber, Nicole Bowsher and Sawyer Weitzel to their meeting. Sawyer Weitzel received the Ivan Knapp scholarship, awarded in memory of a former club president. The fifth recipient, Maria Donovan, was unable to attend.
This was followed by Mercer County Health Commissioner Amy Poor’s presentation. She passed out copies of the 2016 Health Needs Assessment and briefly discussed some of its findings. The assessment is done every 3 years in cooperation with Mercer Health and measures the physical and mental health of residents. The survey was sent to randomly selected individuals and generated 500 returns in 2016. Results can clarify areas of concern and correct misconceptions about other issues. The 2016 assessment resulted in the creation of initiatives in three areas: substance abuse, mental health with a focus on suicide prevention, and nutrition/weight problems. Poor said these surveys address adult concerns and a survey covering health issues in teenagers is needed since the last one was done in 2011. The team recently received a grant to run such a survey. Poor finished her presentation with a question and answer session.
The Kiwanis Club of Celina meets at noon Wednesdays at CJ’s Highmarks. Find them on Facebook or at celinakiwanis.wix.com/kiwanis-club-celina.