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THE QUINCY VALLEY 8 A gMU THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014 Post-Register CTC director leaving Quincy for new job on west side James: 'Quincy has been a blessing' Staff report The director of the Communities that Care coalition has accepted a new position in Lacey. Erin James has been director of the local coalition and its youth coalition since Janu- ary 2012. Her last day with the CTC is Friday. James accepted a position with the Department of Social and Health Services in Lacey, where she will be a prevention system manager. "I'm proud of the partnerships that I contrib- uted to in the community, and I hope that as I leave they will only strengthen," James said. She also hopes, in the future, to see the com- munity continue to "pull in tighter" and work together even more effectively, she said. When asked what she was most proud of accomplishing since becoming director, James chose to reflect on the young people she has worked with and mentored at the CTC. "I'm most proud of the work the youth have provided the community," she said. "The youth are what make it worthwhile. When you see the kids reach for the stars it is exciting." She was especially excited to nominate Ri- cardo Mendez, a 2012 Quincy High School graduate who now works at Starr Ranch, for the Outstanding Youth Leader Award for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Forum Awards. Mendez went on to win the na- tional honor and accepted it before a crowd of thousands in Washington, D.C. "One other very proud moment for me was seeing one of our youth, Luis Perez, a Quincy High School senior and active CTC Youth Co- alition member, apply for and secure a student city council member position on the Quincy City Council," James said. "We work to build and grow leaders. Seeing youth, who we per- sonally invest in, thriving-and taking on in- creased leadership roles in their community is so exciting." James said she has enjoyed her time in Quincy. "Quincy has been such a blessing to not Kurtis J. Wood/Post-Register Erin James, director of the Communities that Care coalition, said she will miss the small-town atmo- sphere of Quincy as well as the people she has met and worked with. She has especially enjoyed watching the coalition's young volunteers grow into community leaders, she said. James' last day at the CTC is Friday. only live in but it also has been a wonderful community to work in," she said. "I loved the small town atmosphere and the people and their ability to maintain very rich relation- ships. That made Quincy an oasis and a restful place for me. I truly enjoyed my time in Quin- cy because of the people who live here." The CTC is a community-wide prevention effort that works to reduce problems such as youth drug and alcohol use, school drop outs, violence and teen pregnancy. The Grant Coun- ty Health Department manages the CTC. Serving as interim director for the CTC will be Maria Vargas, a health educator with the health district. A full-time replacement is ex- pected to take up to 60 days to approve. pP'Pro Auto & Marine Repair eTune Ups Engines Brakes Suspension OiIChanges Electrical Air Conditioning Boat & Trailer Repair-Parts A Care Team of Central Columbia Senior Living, Inc. Combining Care and Community Full service assisted living available to residents at The Cambridge in spacious studio & one-bedroom apartments. Visit us Today Studio Apartment Available for Viewing Quincy Home Care AgencY, BUSINESS BRIEFS v Dominguez passes certification exam Dr. Jaime Dominguez of the Quincy Valley Medical Center recently passed the American Board of Obesity Medicine certification exam for obesity medicine physicians, earning him certification in the sub- specialty of obesity medicine. Dominguez was among only 158 physicians national- ly who successfully complet- ed this year's exam. Physicians certified in obesity medicine are able to positively impact all systems of the body by incorporating weight management into tra- ditional models of medical practice. This requires com- petency in and a thorough un- derstanding of the treatment of obesity and the genetic, biologic, environmental, so- cial and behavioral factor that contribute to obesity. More than a third of Amer- ican adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are affected by obesity, accord- ing to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obe- sity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at 147 billion, according to the CDC. A health care program su- pervised by a physician who is certified in obesity medi- cine offers a comprehensive and effective approach to maximizing overall health and reversing obesity-related co-morbidities, according to the QVMC. 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