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The Revere CARES Coalition strengthens the health of Revere by: Addressing priorities established by community members; utilizing an environmental approach; advocating for evidence-based, culturally competent strategies, programs and services; and increasing connectedness among individuals and organizations. Revere CARES is an award-winning coalition with 350 members from across the community dedicated to preventing alcohol and drug abuse among Revere youth. Coalition members represent a variety of sectors, including parents, youth, government officials, educators, health professionals, first responders and law enforcement. The Coalition oversees three major initiatives: the Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs (ATOD), the Revere on the Move and the Healthy Relationships.
Revere CARES’ substance abuse prevention efforts engage the community in a variety of ways. These strategies can be categorized into four areas of activities: policy development and enforcement, educational opportunities, community collaboration, and access to services. Examples of these strategies include (but are not limited to) the following:
With the support of many community partners, Revere CARES created the “Revere on the Move” campaign to celebrate Revere’s progress and continue the work of creating a healthier community.
A community assessment in 2006 found that childhood obesity was a key concern among residents. Additional data backed up that concern, showing that children are eating fewer healthy foods, getting less physical activity in school, and spending more time in front of TVs and computer screens. In response, Revere CARES created the Food & Fitness initiative, now known as Revere on the Move, bringing together a collaboration of community residents and organizations committed to preventing childhood obesity and hunger. To meet these goals, the initiative works to:
Revere CARES established the Healthy Relationship Initiative, recommended by the Healthy Adolescent Relationship Task Force, based on the results of the MGH CCHI Revere Community Health Assessment in 2012. The Initiative began as the Healthy Relationship Task Force, a partnership between the City of Revere, Revere Public Schools, and MGH CCHI/Revere CARES. The goal of the partnership is to reduce teen pregnancy, STDs, and dating violence. To accomplish this goal the group uses a comprehensive systems approach and is presently focusing of increasing structured out of school programming for middle and high school age youth and citywide adoption and implementation of the Youth Developmental Asset Model.
The Healthy Relationship Initiative seeks to prevent/reduce early initiation of sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy as well as prevent dating/domestic violence. To address these issues, the Healthy Relationship Initiative will:
Throughout the process the task force will work to increase community capacity and readiness.
Leslie Heffron, RN
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