Smart Approaches to Marijuana – Legalization Advocated

National Leaders and Elected Officials Gather in Atlanta to Coordinate Opposition to Marijuana Legalization in America Contact: Anisha Gianchandani +1 (703) 828-8182 [Alexandria, VA, April 20, 2017] –  Today, a group of national drug policy leaders, elected officials, and public health experts convened in Atlanta to coordinate the opposition to marijuana legalization in the […]

Spring Cleaning!

Time for Spring Cleaning! Dispose! Find local drop boxes for unused medicine here.

“Chasing the Dragon” at April Coalition Meeting

The next Partnership for Change coalition meeting is Tuesday, April 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Osseo City Hall. The meeting will feature a viewing and discussion of “Chasing the Dragon,” a 45 minute documentary aimed at youth produced by the FBI and DEA about the stark realities of opioid abuse. The film’s title refers to the […]

March Meeting Minutes

Attendees Krista Brenno, Osseo High School (Schools) Lauren Bul, Hennepin Regional Poison Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization) Dustin Chapman, Fairview Behavioral Services (Other Substance Abuse Organization) Lorry Day, Life Lines for Youth (Business) Jeremy Krovitz (Young Adult) Teresa Lunt (Parent) Shane Mikkelson, Osseo Police Dept. (Law Enforcement) LeeAnn Mortensen, North Memorial (Healthcare) Randi Ordner, PrairieCare […]

Panel Tackles Solutions to Painkiller Epidemic

Has our level of pain gone up 400% in a decade? No, says Dr. David Frenz, but our use of pain killers has. Frenz, Vice President and Executive Medical Director of Mental Health and Ambulatory Services at North Memorial Health Care, told health and law enforcement professionals in October that Americans absolutely love their drugs. […]

Town Hall: Keep Kids Safe & Social

The Town Hall will be broadcast November 20 at 10:30 am and November 21 at 2:30 pm or can be accessed here. “If I teach my children how to drink at home, they will be safe.” At least, that’s the mistaken thinking of some parents who allow their children to host drinking parties, according to […]


Partnership for Change will complete its three-year Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) June 30. Under the grant, PFC implemented several sustainable, successful strategies. Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Osseo, and Plymouth, police departments participate in Place of Last Drink (POLD). Since February 2014, 1,609 POLD encounters have been entered […]

Goodbye Sheila

Q. What do successful New Year’s resolutions, favorite beach reads and songs you wish were never written have in common? A. They are all icebreaker topics used by Sheila Nesbitt to kick off coalition meetings. That personal touch epitomizes Sheila’s tenure as outgoing SPF-SIG Coordinator for Partnership for Change (PFC). And her tenacity has contributed […]

Day After Today Success

This spring Partnership for Change unveiled a new safe celebrations campaign. Students from Maple Grove, Park Center, Osseo, Cooper and Brooklyn Center High Schools led their classmates, along with the wider community, to sign a pledge to not drink or use chemicals during prom and graduation season. Partnership for Change created and funded the campaign, […]

KSTP Covers Cooper Sticker Shock

Cooper High School students and their teacher were in New Hope for Sticker Shock this week, and KSTP covered their efforts. Thanks to Caroline Geise, service learning coordinator at Cooper, and Nathan Bigbee owner of Viking Liquors.