MCCH Council names eight priorities for year

By QCS Staff

The Quay County Maternal Child and Community Health Council has outlined eight priorities for 2008 to improve the quality of life and health in Quay County.

They are:
l Substance abuse
l Suicide
l Family Violence
l Childhood Obesity
l Health Care Access
l Teen Pregnancy
l Childcare
l Immunizations

Based on records from 1999 to 2003, 11 persons lost their lives to suicide, according to a MCCH report.

Teens are particularly vulnerable, said Alida Brown, MCCH coordinator.

Studies indicate 15 percent of Quay County’s high school students have attempted suicide, 18 percent have made a plan, 20 percent have seriously considered suicide.