Elevating Youth Voice Through the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS): Session 2

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Led by Jason McCoy, Jill Ambuehl, Kim Geislinger, Cathy Mackiewicz, & Tanis Henderson. Hosted by the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center.

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The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) is an anonymous statewide school-based survey conducted to gain insights of student experiences with mental health, substance use, and relationships. Survey results are used to monitor trends, assess disparities among student groups, obtain federal and state funding, and assist local communities and schools. This 3-part mini-series will inform attendees about the benefits of the MSS, strategies to increase MSS involvement, and learn from local communities how to use MSS data to elevate youth health and wellness.

Panelists from Clay, Itasca, and Washington Counties will describe how they use the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) data to secure funding, drive planning, evaluate successes, and increase collaboration between organizations and community members. Panelists will highlight examples of data-driven activities to prevent or reduce substance misuse, mental health concerns, and Adverse Childhood Experiences, including the enhancement of protective factors.


  • The target audience for this webinar is Minnesota school administrators, faculty, and staff, community coalition members, public health professionals, community members, parents, students, youth-serving organizations, and policy-makers.
  • This is a virtual webinar.

About Our Presenters:

Jason McCoy: Jason McCoy is the Substance Prevention Manager at Clay County Public Health. He received his Masters of Public Health from North Dakota State University in 2015. Jason has been working for Clay County Public Health for 6.5 years as the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator and just recently received the DHS-BHD’s Positive Community Norms grant to focus his work on all substance use in DGF school.

Jill Ambuehl: Jill Ambuehl is a Certified Prevention Specialist for Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters (REACH) in Hawley, Minnesota. For the past 5 years she has coordinated efforts to reduce youth substance use, build resiliency and promote positive community norms in Hawley. Jill is also the Coordinator of the Clay County Collaborative which promotes the mental health and well-being of youth & young adults.

Kim Geislinger: Kim Geislinger is Program Director for Ross Resources’ Truancy Prevention Program serving Itasca County’s four school districts. She is the vice president of Ross Resources, is a certified prevention professional, LADC, mental health practitioner, and more!

Cathy Mackiewicz: Cathy Mackiewicz is a Senior Community Health Specialist with the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment. She has worked for the Public Health Department for the last 23 years and has worked in the field of prevention for over 30. Cathy has a degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota with a specialty in addiction studies.

Tanis Henderson: Tanis Henderson holds a passion for building pathways in her community and continuing to grow the positive. Tanis has a master’s degree in school counseling, is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a practicing school counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works at Grand Rapids High School and is the co-president for the Minnesota School Counselor Association.

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The Minnesota Prevention Resource Center’s mission is to reduce problems resulting from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by enhancing the capacity of people interested in preventing these problems. We are a project of Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota and funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division.

MPRC has provided services to the residents of Minnesota for over 30 years through the development of community campaigns, providing resources, facilitating trainings and events throughout the state, providing research assistance and library materials, and supporting people who work to promote public health and prevent the problems caused by substance abuse. This includes tobacco and drug use, underage alcohol use and the misuse of alcohol by adults.

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