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 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 it's 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.

Coalition honors staff from District Attorney's Office
The Sara Cummings Leadership Award was presented to Jana McClure and the Office of District Attorney David Sullivan for their dedication to Prevention and Collaboration.

New Coordinating Council Members Elected

Also 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.
Coalition Discusses Family Connections, Medical Marijuana, Brain Development at Arts Block Cafe on April 26.
On Friday, April 26, 2013, 56 representatives of local groups and agencies gathered at the Arts Block Cafe in Greenfield and participated in lively discussions about Family Connections, Medical Marijuana, and Brain Development. 
The group also heard from Community Action Youth Programs' Youth VOICE and Shout Out! about their recent and impressive work, and from District Attorney Dave Sullivan about his accomplishments in the area of reducing the availability of Prescription Drugs through takeback days and permanent dropoff boxes.
Vickie Rowe, School Nurse at Pionner Valley Regional School, was presented with the 2013 Sara Cummings Coalition Leadership Award for her hard work, dedication, and leadership over the last ten years.  Vickie is a founding member of the Regional School Health Task Force, has served on the Coordinating Council, and has been active on the CHANGE Team.  She is an incredible asset to the coalition, to her school district, and to the community!  Thank you and congratulations Vickie!!
2012 Teen Health Survey Data Released at Full Coalition Meeting October 12. 
The latest semi-annual meeting of the Communities That Care Coalition took place on Friday, October 12, 2012 at the John W. Olver Transit Center in Greenfield. 70 community members participated in the meeting.  The 2012 Teen Health Survey Results were released and the results are FANTASTIC!
Check the survey page for more information on survey findings.  And listen here for an interview of Coalition Co-Coordinator Kat Allen by WHAI's Jay Fidanza.

Congratulations to Donna Woodcock, 2012 Mike Fritz Community-Builder Award Recipient

Donna Woodcock, Principal at Greenfield High School, is an advocate and leader for youth health and well-being in her district.  Donna has been an important support as the Communities That Care Coalition mentored the Greenfield Safe Schools Smart Schools Coalition (4SC) from 2010 to 2012. 
Congratulations to Ann Hamilton, 2012 Sara Cummings Coalition Leadership Award Recipient

Ann Hamilton of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has been a strong advocate for the Communities that Care Coalition’s work in the business community and beyond since 2002. Ann is a true leader in helping to facilitate collaborations between local businesses, government and the Coalition.  We were pleased to present Ann the 2012 Sara Cummings Award for Coalition Leadership.
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!


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?


Coalition's CHANGE Team conducts community assessment

The Communities That Care Coalition is undertaking a Healthy Youth Initiative focused on improving youth nutrition and physical activity through community-level environmental change. CTC's "CHANGE Team" is using the Center for Disease Control's Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Tool to gather information from the community and create a Community Action Plan for improving youth nutrition and physical activity through policy and systems change. The team has been meeting monthly in 2012, and members have interviewed more than 50 community leaders to inform the community assessment. Community Action Youth Program's Youth Voice group has joined forces with the CHANGE Team in gathering information, and over the summer conducted four focus groups and 21 interviews with community members, and received 136 responses to a survey they created.