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A Message from Grand County Public Health Coordinator

posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:35 AM by Thom Schnellinger   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 8:36 AM ]

In light of the concerns over the recent incident in our schools we’d like to inform you of an opportunity to be involved in an initiative that will be addressing the health and behavior needs of Grand County youth. Grand County Public Health is initiating the Communities That Care (CTC) process to build a county-wide coalition to address youth substance abuse.

CTC is an evidence- based, prevention planning system that enhances existing coalitions and community partner initiatives to address youth problem behaviors. Through a community assessment the process identifies the Risk and Protective factors that are predictors of adolescent behaviors. Once identified evidence-based strategies are implemented to minimize risk factors and strengthen protective factors.

Good public health practice is to work upstream to avert problems before they occur. The coalition will be ongoing and serve to be a long-term response to the needs of our youth rather than a quick fix.

To date, we have engaged twenty key stakeholders and formed the CTC Key Leader Board. We are currently in the process of identifying individuals that will serve on our Community Board and subsequent work groups. Once appointed and oriented to the Communities That Care process the work groups will begin to look at the data and determined the coalition’s course of action.

Should you have an interest in serving on the Community Board or the works groups; or have further questions about Communities That Care, please contact the CTC facilitator Julie Hines at 970-725-3787 or jhines@co.grand.co.us  ( you can also add you name here )

Grand County Public Health and the East Grand School District will continue to report back to the community on the work of the coalition.