Did you miss the last coalition meeting in October? Here are some highlights:
Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs (ATOD) Task Force Updates:
1. Judy Lawler, a long standing member of the task force who is a probation officer in Chelsea District Drug Court has agreed to serve as a task force co-chair. The group will also be recruiting a student volunteer from Revere High School to serve as the youth co-chair.
2. Because of the high rates of opioid overdoses in neighboring communities, ATOD Task Force members will focus its next meeting agenda on how communities can work together to decrease the rates of overdoses. The next ATOD Task Force meeting will take place on November 7, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Revere High School.
3. Revere CARES is a member of SAFE-MA. SAFE-MA was recognized at the Ounce of Prevention Conference for its advocacy to ban alcohol advertising on state property, which led to the MBTA removing alcohol advertising on trains and buses and replacing that advertising revenue with non-alcohol marketing.
Revere on the Move Task Force Updates:
1. Revere on the Move will celebrate a major expansion of its work as a Mass in Motion Initiative on Wednesday, Nov. 14th, thanks to a $240,000 four-year grant from Partners Healthcare. In addition to providing funding, Partners also is launching a new multi-media public service campaign to raise awareness of Revere’s work to help residents eat healthier and be more physically active.
2. Dimple Rana has been hired as the new Neighborhood Organizer
3. The visit from the Department of Public Health went well. Evaluators from MDPH and HRiA saw Revere as a being a leader among Mass in Motion communities with a strong partnership foundation that ensures sustainability.
4. The International Walk to School event was a great success. Six hundred and fifty elementary school children in Revere participated.
5. The first sets of mini grants were awarded to: The Early Childhood Program at the Beachmont School, an After School Fitness Club at the Seacoast High School and Revere’s First Community Garden.
After many months of conducting a community health assessment, the Revere CARES Coalition has revised its priorities, mission statement, goal, and strategies.
Coalition members approved all the new changes during the last meeting. Following is our new mission statement, goal, and priorities. Click here to view the full power point with all the additional details.
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.
The goal of the coalition is to improve the well-being of Revere’s residents by preventing substance abuse and promoting healthy easting, active living, and healthy relationships.
Please view PowerPoint presentation with all the details on the priorities, principals, and strategies shared during the meeting please click here.
--Substance Abuse, which will now integrate bullying and gang violence
--Active Living/Healthy Eating, which will now include improving public safety so that people can freely enjoy open spaces
--Health Relationships. This new initiative will focus on reducing teen dating/domestic violence and promote programs and education that will help young people build connections and life skills that will help them delay sex, and build healthy relationships with one another.
Pleave view the Overview of the Strategic Plan to learn about how these priorities will be address.