Click here for the newly launched Collective Impact Forum that highlights CTC!
 
 
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 Coalition Releases Report on Local School Initiatives to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
 

At the fall full coalition meeting on October 2, CTC released Healthy Bodies, Active Minds, a report on best practices to promote healthy eating and physical activity in school. The report summarizes practices recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlights initiatives in local schools that are in keeping with CDC recommendations, and provides resources for implementing best practices. Accompanying the report is an inventory of local schools’ current efforts to improve nutrition, boost physical activity, and attend to student wellness.

 
Communities That Care Coalition Co-Chair Kat Allen Presents at Summit at White House
 

On June 10th, Kat Allen represented the Communities That Care Coalition as one of several panelists presenting successful approaches in preventing substance abuse and promoting academic success in a day-long Policy Forum co-sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the federal Department of Education.


"It is such an honor to be able to represent the Communities That Care Coalition and the amazing work that all of you do! And so exciting to be able to bring this work to the attention of national-level decision-makers with the hopes that we can influence national policy!" said Allen of the invitation.
 

The Coalition received high praise for its efforts and outcomes from the country's current acting Drug Czar, Michael Botticelli, as well as from the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Services, Fran Harding (pictured on Allen's right, above). 

 

As a follow-up to the event, Allen (representing the Communities That Care Coalition) has been invited to present at the Trust for America's Health's first-ever National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems & Population Health in October.

 
 
New Coordinating Council Members Elected

At the April 2014 Coalition meeting, several new member of the Coordinating Council were voted into office, including Barb Zaccheo of the Greenfield Recreation Commission and Corey Sanderson of Second Congregational Church, pictured below with Jessie Cooley of Big Brothers Big Sisters, a long-time member of the Council.

Newly Launched Collective Impact Forum Highlights Franklin County/North Quabbin Communities That Care Coalition! 
 
Click here to be redirected the newly launched Collective Impact Forum that includes case studies and videos from successful Collective Impact initiatives around the world, including the Franklin County/North Quabbin Communities That Care Coalition!

Public Service Announcement by Shout Out!
 
Click here to view a fabulous new 1-minute Public Service Announcement created by local youth in Community Action Youth Program's Shout Out! group!!  Hear what keeps these amazing young people Above The Influence!

Shout Out! Above the Influence

 
Communities That Care Coalition featured in new Stanford Social Innovation Review Article!
 
Our Communities That Care Coalition, and particularly the work of the Parent
Education Workgroup, has been featured yet again in another highly circulated article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  This article speaks to the need and ability for Coolective Impact initiatives to nibly respond to changes and opportunities in the environment, and highlights CTC's Parent Education work as a successful example of how we can "embrace emergence" in order to make positive changes on complex issues.
 
 
Communities That Care Coalition Featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review
We are pleased to announce that the Communities That Care Coalition has been featured in a high-profile article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) as an example of a successful “Collective Impact” initiative!  Please click Channeling Change to read the article.

This article is a follow-up to another article the authors published in SSIR that made a big splash – it had multiple citations in the New York Times, the White House took interest, and it has remained in the top 3 downloads on SSIR for over a year…  I had the article forwarded to me from 3 different sources and thought it was absolutely fabulous!  This original article is called “Collective Impact” and it coined this term to refer to “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem”.  The article explains how collective impact is more than collaboration, that it involves shared goals, shared measurement, and a backbone organization to coordinate the activities of the many agencies involved.  Please click Collective Impactto find this original article and accompanying posts.

We could not be more excited about this coverage and the article's ringing endorcement of the coalition's work - all due to the fantastic collaboration of so many wonderful and committed partners.  Thank you to all of you for your hard work and dedication, and for the commitment to community that it takes to make collective impact work!

Sincerely,

Kat & Lev

p.s. To read a recent blog post about our Parent Education Workgroup's efforts click here, and to see a 2-minute video about Collective Impact, please click here!

What Is Collective Impact?