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A Letter From Our President

Dear FWMS-A Members,

I am honored to be your President for a second term. I first want to acknowledge the incredible Board that we have. Without them, this past year's accomplishments wouldn't have been possible.

When looking back on all that was accomplished in 2022-23, I am looking forward, with excitement, to working with our Board members on a great 2023-24 year ahead. We are a group of like-minded philanthropic individuals that can accomplish much.

In August of 2023 we started our Narcan Harm reduction initiative. We were able to help reduce the non-fatal overdoses in Allen County by 30% and the fatal overdoses have been reduced by 10%. The American Medical Association Alliance recognized what an achievement this was, and we were awarded the HAP award. This is given to one Alliance across the nation. Not only did we win the HAP award, but we received a grant award as well. We also attended the ISMA meeting in September with Cami Pond presenting our Narcan Initiative to the members. A map of all our Narcan boxes around Allen County will also be placed on all city buses. This year we plan to continue our Narcan ititiative with the passing out of emergency kits that will include narcan, CPR and overdose information.

Two of our annual events, Doctor's Day and Cinderella Dress Day, were both record setting years. Doctor's Day had a record number of medical professional tables and attendees, around 1800. Cinderella Dress Day had over 14 health fair tables for young ladies to visit.

We will also be working with the ISMA-A to pack and pass out blessing bags to those in need. If you have an idea of something you would like to see us do, please reach out. We are happy to hear your ideas and help implement them.

We can't do any of this without your wonderful members, so thank you. We have some things planned for this fall and winter. I look forward to seeing friends at some of the activities, book clubs and meeting new friends.

Tonya Hughes

FWMSA President, 2023-24

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