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Commissioner Cook Participates In Mental Healthand Substance Abuse Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Forum held at the Round Rock Presbyterian Church

  • 2 October 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Gordon Butler, Director of Pavilion Clubhouse in Round Rock, is introducing the panel for the Mental Health Forum seated at the front of the church that includes Commissioner Cook.Commissioner Cook answers a question from the moderator on access to treatmentand recovery for people with substance abuse and/or mental health problems.The topics ranged from how mental health and substance abuse are issues to the community, frequent incarceration of those with mental illness and substance abuse, affordable housing for people in recovery, access to treatment and recovery, impact on the families of those battling substance abuse and suffering from mental illness, and the suicide rate among this population, which is also high for veterans.

The panel examined how faith communities can be a part of the solution, including information and education to help clergy and parishioners.

Commissioner Cook Encourages Williamson County Residents To Get Their Flu Shots

Flu Shots were offered at the Williamson County Employee Health Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018

  • 27 September 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook is all smiles posing with a Wilco Health District employee as she waits in line for her flu shot Commissioner Cook is still all smiles as a nurse from the Wilco Health District holds up the flu vaccine injection.Commissioner Cook groans as she receives the flu vaccine.

The Williamson County and Cities Health District offers Flu Vaccines Free for uninsured adults and TVFC-eligible children ages 6 months and older.

See Locations and Hours for WCCHD clinic locations, phone numbers, and hours of service. We recommend that you make an appointment.

  • When you get vaccinated you help protect those around you at risk for severe illness and who may not be eligible to receive flu vaccine
  • Flu vaccine does not cause flu-like symptoms
  • The flu shot provides protection in about two weeks
  • High-dose flu vaccine is available for individuals age 65 and older.  It contains four times as much antigen as the regular flu shot and affords seniors a greater antibody response
  • No vaccine is 100% effective.  Although you may still get the flu after being vaccinated you are less likely to have severe symptoms and complications from the illness

DSHS recommends everyone six months old and older get vaccinated. People should talk to their health care provider about the best type of flu vaccine for them. 

People are urged to follow standard illness-prevention steps:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes;
  • Stay home if sick

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Commissioner Cook Joins City of Round Rock and TxDOT to Celebrate Opening of New I-35 Ramps at McNeil Rd. and RM 620

Ribbon Cutting Held Sept. 5, 2018

  • 10 September 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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The project included construction of braided ramps (where one ramp crosses over the other) along the northbound I-35 mainlanes between Hester’s Crossing and RM 620 to enhance safety and mobility along I-35 between U.S. 79 and SH 45 North.  Commissioner Cook wrote and read the poem below for the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Commissioner Cook cuts the ribbon with Terry McCoy, Texas Department of Transportation Austin District engineer. Also participating were Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan and others involved with the project.Over, Under and Thru                                                                                         Commissioner Cook reads the poem she wrote.

Commerce, shopping, sports, the arts,

it is our road for everything.

One of the busiest, yes, we face congestion,

wrecks and some missing car parts,

but we all agree one option’s better than nothing.

Our daily routine has long been to hurl

in traffic as moving darts,

weaving, braking, avoiding a ding.

Gulping down coffee, developing indigestion

in traffic with stops & starts,

tapping fingers on the wheel to music or something.

But a plan at TxDOT brewed and unfurled

as relief for racing hearts as

at 70 cars are all merging.

This design planned to give us collision reduction.

Gone will be visual arcs,

merging frenzies, rapid lanes slides and frantic braking.

Beams one hundred fifty feet long,

these huge joists carry us far

past the jammed highway traffic slowing

Over, under, away from the highway seduction.

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Commissioner Cook invited to speak on Senior Fraud Prevention during Senior Citizens Christian Women's Luncheon in Taylor

The event was held at Grace Place--a Retirement and Assisted Living Community on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

  • 4 September 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook and Susan Komandasky, Coordinator of the August luncheon.Commissioner Cook encouraged the attendees to hang up on calls they don't recognize, sound suspicious or are too good to be real. She asked the group, "When does the government call you?" in reference to fraudulent IRS calls. 

Every month a local Taylor Church sponsors the Women's Luncheon and in August Susan Komandasky coordinated the event as a member of the Tenth Street United Methodist Church.Commissioner Cook is pictured with Ed Komandasky and Grace Bulgerin Lidell.

Grace Bulgerin Lidell founded Grace Place in 1985. 

Grace Place is an independent living community located in Taylor. Independent living can involve home ownership in a retirement community or senior apartment rentals for individuals who can still live independently. 

Third Annual Overdose Awareness Day Held at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock

Sponsored by LifeSteps Council on Aug. 25, 2018 to remember those who were lost, who are struggling and who are in recovery!

  • 28 August 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook is carrying flowers to toss into the Old Settlers Park lake in memory of those battling substance abuse, in recovery or who overdosed.International Overdose Awareness Day is Aug. 31

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/opioids/international-overdose-awareness-day

LifeSteps Council Observed Overdose Awareness Day as part of the International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held Aug. 31 each year. It is dedicated to remembrance, awareness, education and action that will help eliminate overdose deaths. On Aug. 31 – and throughout the month – you can help raise awareness, memorialize a lost loved one, inspire change and save lives.

A large group of people are seated beneath the Lakeview Pavilion at Old Settlers Park listening to various speakers.

What you can do

  • Invite people to a local gathering at a community center, library, park or other public space:
  • Hold a candlelight vigil
  • Offer an educational program, such as one related to preventing opioid use, in partnership with a local organization
  • Provide a safe space for telling the stories of overdose victims
  • Offer a large canvas and washable paint for survivors to add a handprint in memory of their loved one
  • Display empty hats or shoes to represent the number of lives lost in the community
  • Use the NSC Community Action Kit as a planning guide

Everyone can participate in IOAD with one of these activities:

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