Chief James "Walks Tall" Shepherd, tribal court judge, announced at the Fulton County Hometown Health Coalition meeting Feb. 12 he would work with the committee on child abuse and domestic abuse programs.
Shepherd travels across the United States attending seminars to help protect Native Americans. The tribal judge refers to himself as a peacemaker to help solve domestic problems.
The Fulton County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council has been reestablished since January 2003 after having been inactive for several years. The new council will operate under the Fulton County Hometown Health Coalition.
The Fulton County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council will have a core team from the coalition. The team will be responsible for reviewing grant proposals, development of prevention programs, and reporting to the coalition.
Training for core team members in Fulton County will be conducted at Salem April 9 and 10 to implement a Fulton County Together We Can program. Together We Can is a multi-agency program sponsored by the Arkansas Departments of Education, Health and Human Services.
The program is designed to help professionals and families find services for children who cannot be adequately served within their home, school or community by traditional service means. It is a team of provider representatives, families and advocates who meet together to form a service plan to better serve a particular child within the child's home, school or community.
Fulton Hometown Health Coalition Chairman Dr. Guy Smith said a Web site is under construction for the coalition which will be a good resource.
Cindy Smith, tobacco control coordinator, said she would like to travel to area schools to provide educational programs for the youth.
Betty Teague, inservice coordinator for the Salem Senior Citizens Center, said the center has been busy with activities for the elderly. A dance is held every Tuesday night. Transportation is provided to take seniors to doctor appointments and grocery stores.