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Community Connections: Update on Routt County’s Human Resource Coalition

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The Human Resource Coalition, or HRC, led by Routt County United Way and composed of 24 health and human service agencies across Routt County, has recently updated the Routt County Health and Human Service plan.  The HRC has been working hard at collaboration across five mission areas: basic needs, early childhood education, youth success, community safety and health.  

Each mission area has listed their accomplishments from the past three years.  Most of the time, work in the human service sector is very slow — and in some areas it still is. 

But you would be amazed at the accomplishments made in our county.  We have achieved goals, such as increasing the number of child care slots, reaching all communities in Routt County with youth services and a decrease in repeat substance abuse patients.

Secondly, each mission area identified trends in their sector.  Some trends are based on hard data, such as from the healthy kids survey. Other trends are identified by strictly working with people one-on-one; trends such as seeing more cyber bullying and unhealthy technological addictions among our youth or scary trends, such as an increase in domestic violence in our county. The trends certainly describe the continued need to focus on these problems and to unearth the root causes.

Finally, the plan addresses the goals for each area; they are lofty, but realistic. We must aim high when dealing with the livelihoods of people.

Some goals include: an increasing infant and toddler child care slots, developing a local food hub for the food insecure, increasing resiliency in our youth, increasing the amount of victims that seek care in violent situations, continuing to reduce suicide in our county and many more.

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To view the Routt County Health and Human Services Plan, visit The HRC will be conducting presentations in the next 60 days across the county for the public, and we invite you to attend.

Kate Nowak is the executive director for Routt County United Way. She can be reached at 970-819-0570 or 970-879-5605.