The Chemical Health Coalition Specialist performs intermediate administrative duties with community partners and local stakeholders to create, promote and sustain an effective and efficient Alcohol, Tobacco and other (ATOD) prevention coalition, and related activities, under the supervision of Yellow Medicine County Restorative Justice Coordinator Sharon Hendrichs.

The Chemical Health Coalition Specialist performs intermediate administrative duties with community partners and local stakeholders to create, promote and sustain an effective and efficient Alcohol, Tobacco and other (ATOD) prevention coalition, and related activities, under the supervision of Yellow Medicine County Restorative Justice Coordinator Sharon Hendrichs.

Bio: Conrad Osland grew up in Frost and later moved to a farm just outside of town. He attended school at Blue Earth Area High School and graduated in 2006. In high school he was heavily involved in athletics and participated in track and field and football.  Upon graduation he attended Riverland Community College in Austin and graduated with an A.S Degree in Law Enforcement, and later on received a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration at Southwest Minnesota State University. He attended the weekend class of Restorative Justice educator, Kay Pranis,  before starting an internship in the Restorative Justice department in Yellow Medicine County.

How did the internship go?
I ended up doing my internship in the Restorative Justice department here in Yellow Medicine County, and never wanted to leave. My internship lasted 400 hours, and during that time I developed positive healthy relationships with the Yellow Medicine County staff, and also community volunteer members as well. I was able to see firsthand how important it is to build healthy relationships with people. During my time here, I was able to see the growth, and see the positive changes that we can have on people. It’s something that I carry with me everyday, and how I live my life.

What drew you to this position?
My goal after my internship, has always been to come back to Yellow Medicine County. To me, it just feels like home, and everyone feels like family here, not only the staff, but the community members as well. Working in this field, you become so close with the people that you work with that they become your second family. When I accepted this position, I received an outpour of positive responses from the community. I’m excited to be able to work with some of the most amazing people, and to be able to be part of something special.

What traits do you possess that make you ideal to serve the community in this capacity?
I’ve never really been the kind of guy that gets too high up on himself, and I feel like I’m a pretty laid back and easy-going guy that can work with almost anyone. I also believe that I have that drive and determination to get the job done, and to achieve realistic goals that we set.
 
Is there anything you hope to accomplish - grand scale or even in terms of short term personal goals - through the post?
I do have some long-term and some short-term goals that I hope to achieve, not only for myself, but also for Yellow Medicine County. I want to be here for the long haul, I don’t want to be anywhere else. It’s very important that we follow the grant so we’re able to receive more funding in the future. I also believe that this is something that I can’t do all by myself; it’s going to take a team effort, and bringing everyone together as a team to make Yellow Medicine County even stronger. So, if anyone reading this has an interest in being a part of helping our community to come together and promote prevention of drugs and alcohol use along with safe and healthy communities, please feel free to contact me.