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    NMCP’s CSADD Hosts Healthy Holiday Informational Fair

    NMCP’s CSADD Hosts Healthy Holiday Informational Fair

    Photo By Seaman Imani Daniels | 181210-N-UA653-022 – CSADD staff members provide hot chocolate and candy canes for...... read more read more



    Story by Seaman Imani Daniels 

    Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth

    Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) committee hosted an Informational Fair in time for the holidays, Dec. 10.

    The main purpose for hosting the fair was to put out information about the command’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and Fleet and Family Support Center’s (FFSC) Building Healthy Relationships material for the holiday season.

    “This informational fair is our way of trying to bring awareness because the holidays are coming up. We want to give people, especially for CSADD, an alternative to doing things that would otherwise be unproductive to their personal life and professional life,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Ashley Salinas-Bickerstaff. “This organization wants to let our shipmates know that we are here, we are an organization in the command that does give a way to be involved with the command, make friends and to just have a different outlook.”

    NMCP currently has two FAP representatives. One is Chief Hospital Corpsman Annmarie Rippentrop, and she explained her main purpose for being a part of the fair.

    “We want our junior Sailors to be able to reach out to their shipmates with CSADD to help them make the right and smart decision,” said Rippentrop. “Not to hurt themselves or hurt their loved ones.”

    Amanda Chenoweth, FFSC Life Skills educator, attended the fair to be able to speak with command members and visitors to the medical center about establishing healthy relationships.

    “We’re here today in support of family advocacy program. We have the FAP program that helps victims of domestic violence, along with the alleged offenders, to get some different tools for their toolboxes so that they can be more effective in a relationship instead of having physical or emotional domestic violence be a part of the relationship,” Chenoweth said. “A few weeks ago we were able to put together a workshop where we talked about all the needs that every relationship has to have in order to be healthy so today I bought some of those marketing tools to be able to talk to spouses and Sailors as they walk by and give them our information.”

    “The holidays brings a lot of emotions and triggers. These things that go on are heightened because of the holiday season and the stress that it brings,” added Salinas-Bickerstaff. “We want to give people an outlet and to give them someone to go to if something were to happen and lets them know that, yes, the holidays are upon us, but we are still present and we are here for Sailors.”



    Date Taken: 12.10.2018
    Date Posted: 12.12.2018 10:13
    Story ID: 303170
    Location: PORTSMOUTH, VA, US 

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