Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gretchen Wagner joins CSAC as Youth Program Coordinator

CHARLESTOWN—March 25, 2014—Since she started as Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC) Program Coordinator last fall, Gretchen Wagner has focused on using youth asset based prevention strategies and engaging the community in acknowledging its strengths in building a better future.  Gretchen came to Charlestown with a strong foundation in social justice both domestically and abroad in education and public health. After two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer and trainer in Senegal, Gretchen earned a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2004. Her degree opened a new career path for Gretchen, one that recognized the importance of a strength-based approach to development and reconciliation.

Gretchen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, and another Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University.

“I am very happy to be a part of an amazing team at CSAC and looking forward to the things to come working with the residents of Charlestown and their youth,” She said.

About Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC)

CSAC is a community-based coalition of residents, businesses, organizations, professionals, and advocates who work together to reduce substance abuse in Charlestown. Through a unified, collaborative approach, the coalition utilizes existing community resources, organize programs to identify needs, and harness the energy and commitment of all to provide a safe, healthy environment in Charlestown.

About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)

CCHI carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, where MGH has maintained healthcare centers for more than 40 years, as well as in Boston among youth, homeless persons and seniors. CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and create 50 programs that:

  • Reduce and prevent substance use disorders
  • Intervene in the cycle of violence
  • Tackle the obesity epidemic by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity
  • Increase access to care for vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees, seniors, and homeless people
  • Prevent cancers through early detection and screening
  • Generate interest in science and health careers among youth


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