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This session will include a broad overview of the prevention coalition model, Communities That Care (CTC). Communities That Care is a community-based prevention system proven to reduce youth health and behavior problems communitywide. Based on the premise that communities are unique, CTC helps local coalitions develop community-specific prevention plans based on their unique levels of behavioral health problems and risk and protective factors.
During this session, we will discuss risk and protective factor-focused youth prevention, data-driven decision-making, and assessing the needs of a community through using diverse community representation, and working through the five phases of CTC.
Meghan Blevins is a Systems Change Specialist at Penn State’s EPISCenter and a certified Communities That Care (CTC) Plus coach. In this role, she helps guide PA communities through the CTC process. She has presented at the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance conference, the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development conference, and CADCA’s 28th National Leadership Forum.
She is working towards her Master of Arts in Community Psychology and Social Change through Penn State University with an anticipated graduation in Fall 2019.