The Charlestown Coalition News: 
Issue 30
February 2019
Charlestown Coalition FY'18'
Each year, the Charlestown Coalition develops a work-plan outlining the goals and objectives, strategies, and activities we'll need to undertake to achieve these goals. The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), administered by MGH every three years, helps   to guide the work the coalition should focus on, along with the support of the coalition members.

2018 was a very successful year for the coalition. This  report  shows the work we undertook in Fiscal Year '18 (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018) by priority area and the results of our efforts. View this report and others on the Coalition's  Data Reports page.

Youth & Substance Use Presentation

Coalition Director, Sarah Coughlin, presented at the Community Health Education Center (CHEC) during the community training series on Youth and Substance Use. She discussed effective prevention strategies and the current trends in substance use among youth.

The Community Health Education Center is a training and professional development center that strives to enhance the capacity of Community Health Workers to provide outreach and health education in the diverse communities of Boston. To learn more about CHEC, click here.

Charlestown Coalition
Joins the Boston Network of
Prevention Coalitions
The Boston Network of Prevention Coalitions is a partnership between 8 community-based organizations from select Boston neighborhoods. The network's vision is to create a healthier Boston, characterized by the absence of stigma, resilient youth, community-driven processes for creating change and shared responsibility across sectors to address substance misuse.
We are proud to be a part of this important network of community partners. Click here to learn more about the BNPC. 

MGH Youth Scholars:
Job Opportunities
There are two new job openings for full-time Project Coordinators with the Mass General Hospital Youth Programs. For the full job descriptions, click on the links below: 

11th Grade Program Coordinator- Job ID: 3085443

Please share these great opportunities with anyone that may be interested!

Can You Feel the Love?
Turn It Around Does!

Turn It Around members got better acquainted with the new Youth 
Prevention Coordinator, Mswati Hanks, by doing all kinds of fun icebreakers and activities in February.
During one meeting, the group made "love" jars and received anonymous notes from their peers about why they love them. It was incredibly heartwarming to see how compassionate, sensitive, and loving our youth members are. 

Turn It Around :
Youth of the Month
Fatima F.

Fatima is our February Turn It Around Youth of the Month."Fatima exemplifies EVERYTHING that we would want our youth at Turn It Around to aspire to be. As one of the older members of the program, she has always led by example. She is currently a freshman at Northeastern University, with plans to go to Med school after. She also has a very strong sense of community and family. She is very supportive to her mother and younger siblings, as well as other extended family members. She is well respected by all of her peers, and for that reason has recently been named Senior Peer Leader, the highest position a youth can achieve at Turn It Around."

-Mswati Hanks (Youth Prevention Coordinator)

Voices of Recovery
Danielle Rogovich
Danielle Rogovich is  sharing her journey in recovery with us this month.

Click below for the full interview.

GRASP Schedule

GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing)  was founded to provide resources, compassion and, most of all, understanding, for families and individuals who have lost a loved one to substance use or addiction.
GRASP Groups will be held the 4th Tuesday of every month 6 to 6:45pm at the Charlestown Health Center in the Basement Conference Room at 73 High St., Charlestown, MA. 
For questions and further information please contact Shannon Lundin at
Upcoming Meeting Dates: 

Get Connected, Stay Informed
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