Communities That Care. We all make a difference!
The Communities That Care Coalition (CTC) brings together youth, parents, schools, community agencies, and local governments to promote the health and well-being of young people in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.
CTC is co-hosted by Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions and the Partnership for Youth, a program of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.
For a quick introduction to CTC, watch a 3-minute video about the coalition's work.
Communities That Care spreads the word about LifeSkills on Mass Appeal
Mass Appeal on Jan 11, 2017, to talk about what works in prevention, the Life Skills curriculum, and its implementation in area schools. Check the Mass Appeal website for the video. For a more detailed discussion of LifeSkills, see Kat's conversation with Amy Swisher on GCTV's Healthbeat.
October 2016 full Coalition meeting addresses health equity; Community Builder Award goes to Cheryl Dukes
New student health data now available for Franklin County and the North Quabbin
survey page for results of the 2016 Franklin County/North Quabbin Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The survey covers a wide range of health issues, including nutrition, physical activity, substance use, accidental injury, violence, and sexual behaviors. In the public release of the data, the Coalition focused on health disparities among area students by race and ethnicity, family income, and sexual orientation. The Coalition is examining these disparities as a prelude to adding new Coalition goals and efforts towards achieving health equity.
Community Resources Finder for North Central Massachusetts
North Central Massachusetts Community Resources Finder for all providers and clients in North Central Mass and the North Quabbin Region.
Coalition publishes My Turn
Kat Allen's My Turn column ran in the Greenfield Recorder last month, highlighting some of what parents of younger kids can do to prevent substance use. In case you missed it, you can find the article here.
Community Voices: needs assessment on local youth substance usefocus groups as a part of a community assessment on the topic of youth substance use. Coordinating Council members sought out interviews with school personnel, service providers, and law enforcement officials who work directly with youth who use, and held focus groups with parents and youth who are familiar with or embedded in local youth culture, including a high-risk segment of that culture.
Community members gathered to review findings from the community assessment and to share their own perspectives. Participants in this “Community Voices” session also viewed short videos created by area youth to share their experiences and knowledge about youth substance use. The assessment report is available here, and the five videos here.
Area schools implement LifeSkills curriculum
The Communities That Care Coalition, with support from the Opioid Task Force and Baystate Franklin Medical Center, sponsors trainings to prepare area teachers to deliver the LifeSkills middle school curriculum. LifeSkills helps young people build key skills such as decision making, anger management, conflict resolution, and effective communication. It has a solid research base, with proven outcomes in reducing youth substance abuse and violence. Two area schools introduced LifeSkills into health classes in the 2014-2015 school year, and four others began to use the curriculum in 2015-2016. Find more information about the LifeSkills program in this PowerPoint from CTC's spring 2015 full coalition meeting.