This resource list is provided as a starting point for you to find the best resource to fit your needs. It is by no means a complete list.

We have been listening to concerns of our members, and are doing what we can to help make sure our community is a safer place to live.

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Vaccine Basics - updated March 2021, from MN Department of Public Health

How mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Work - dated March 2021

Mayo Clinic addresses vaccine myths - dated December 2020

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St. Louis County residents 65 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine! To schedule your appointment, call 218-726-2623, or email vaccinescheduling@stlouiscountymn.gov. If no one answers the phone, please leave a message. St. Louis County Public Health asks for patience while they work through the messages. 

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Essentia Health has a video providing more information about the distribution process in our community, the safety of the vaccines available, and why it is important to consider vaccination. This video was a public webinar, recorded on 1/22/2021, and can be accessed by clicking this link.

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The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a new tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. The Vaccine Connector will:

  • alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine;
  • connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and
  • notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.

This tool is for all Minnesotans 18 years of age and older who have not yet been vaccinated. Insurance and identification are not needed, and signing up is free!

Sign up at Vaccine Connector by clicking here.

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Live in Wisconsin? Find your Vaccine Registry information here.

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March 10th State of Minnesota Public Health Updates

State of Minnesota Community Vaccination Program Information

State of Minnesota Vaccine Timeline, updated March 8, 2021

St. Louis County Vaccine information

 

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

Praesidium was started more than 20 years ago in response to a request from a youth-serving organization where a volunteer sexually abused a child participant. Y-USA is proud to partner with Praesidium to provide training to YMCA staff and volunteers to prevent abuse from happening within our programs, as well as provide resources to our community to help add another layer of protection.

Praesidium recently released a series of parent resource videos that review how abuse occurs, warning signs to be aware of, and how to respond.

Introduction

Abuse & Warning Signs

Talking to Your Child

How to Respond

 

10 Tips Caregivers Should Know to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

In these 10 podcast episodes Meghan Hurley Backofen provides caregivers with 10 Tips for Sexual Abuse Prevention. She discusses much of the misinformation caregivers have that put children at greater risk for sexual abuse trauma. She also identifies what children need to know to be a "least likely" victim. This class is based on her work with sexual abuse survivors and extensive knowledge of sexual abuse victimization. Caregivers will feel empowered after learning specific strategies in how to talk with children about this difficult topic and how to respond if sexual abuse is suspected. This podcase is an excellent resources for parents who want to share Meghan's book "Who's the Boss of this Body" with their child.

Tip 1: Why Kids Need to Know About Sexual Abuse

Tip 2: Know Who Sexually Offends

Tip 3: Understanding the Grooming Process

Tip 4: Secrets Are Not Safe

Tip 5: Who's The Boss Of This Body

Tip 6: Make CSA Prevention Part of Your Everyday Parenting

Tip 7: Know the Signs of Child Sexual Abuse

Tip 8: Know How to Respond

Tip 9: Knowing the Risks and Protective Factors

Tip 10: Raising Resilient Kids

For more information about Meghan, visit River Bridge Trainers