Fountain Hills Cares

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Fountain Hills Cares is a Town sponsored community presentation of essential topics for the benefit of Fountain Hills residents.

Upcoming Fountain Hills Cares

Protect Yourself From Fraud

Thursday, October 19
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
It’s not uncommon to know someone who has been defrauded out of money, even their life savings. Scams targeting older adults are on the rise, and the most common financial scams targeting older people, according to the National Council on Aging, are government impersonation scams, sweepstakes scams, and robocall scams.

Don’t be a victim by learning what you can do to protect yourself. Fountain Hills Cares will have a special program featuring experts on fraud prevention from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and a representative from the FBI fraud division. Other experts will be available to provide information.

Fountain Hills Cares
Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Community Center – 13001 N. La Montana Drive

Past Fountain Hills Cares programs and presentations

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - Social Media and Mental Health Issues

Katey McPherson, the Director of Professional Development for Bark for Schools, an artificial intelligence app that protects over 5 million children using personal and school-issued devices. Fountain Hills Cares Presentation 4-20-23

Shelly Mowrey is the Demand Reduction Coordinator for Arizona HIDTA. Over the last 20 years, Shelly has developed substance use prevention programs that are instrumental in reducing youth substance use in the state of Arizona. Her passion is assisting substance use prevention coalitions in delivering quality programs with successful outcomes. Fountain Hills Cares Presentation 4-20-23

Elena Zavalza is the Latinx coordinator for notMYkid. She helped develop curriculum for programs to educate parents and caregivers on brain development, ACEs, discipline, scheduled and routines, and safety training. Fountain Hills Cares Presentation 4-20-23

Following the presentations, there was an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the presenters, as well as with Cathy Mangels, LMSW, LASAC, the Education Behavioral Health Counselor for Salt River Schools.

The Fountain Hills Drug-Free Coalition held an essay contest with students on how social media affects their mental health. Here are two of the winning essays: "Out of the Darkness" (PDF) by Sophia Boyce.  "The Day That Social Media Broke Me" by Olivia Sopeland (PDF) 

Oct. 30, 2021 - Our first Fountain Hills Cares event had topics on Homelessness, Race Relations, Mental Health and Suicide Awareness, and the Rise of Fentanyl   Experts in these fields presented at this event.

April 21, 2022 - Dementia and the Caregiver - Fountain Hills Cares' topic focused on dementia and the caregivers who make a difference in the lives of those living with the disease. Presentation (PDF) by Nydia Montijo, MPH Community Outreach Coordinator for Foundation for Senior Living.

October 20, 2022 - Veterans Benefits and What You Need to Know - Fountain Hills Cares featured Col. Wanda Wright Director of Arizona Department of Veteran Affairs, and Michael Welch, Interim Medical Center Director of VA Phoenix Health Care. (Arizona Department of Veteran Services website) (VA website)

AZDVA Presentation (PDF) Presented by Col. (Ret) Wanda Wright

VA Presentation Presented by Michael Welch