Communities That Care

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Categories associated with best practice:

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  • Infancy (ages 0-2) icon
  • Early Childhood (ages 3-5) icon
  • Children (ages 6-12) icon
  • Teens (ages 13-18) icon
  • Alcohol Abuse Icon 1
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  • Community/ Neighbourhood
  • Education and literacy
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  • Healthy child development
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  • Social Support Networks
  • Workplace

Overview

Communities That Care (CTC) is a risk-and-protection-based system that enables local communities to engage in multi-level, multi-sectorial prevention planning and implement evidence-based programs. Communities are empowered to use data on community levels of risk and protection as diagnostic information to guide the selection of preventive interventions that address the community’s profile. Preventive interventions are then selected for implementation that have demonstrated effectiveness in addressing the prioritized factors

The purpose of CTC is to prevent common youth problems (substance abuse, delinquency, violence, teen pregnancy, school drop-out, and mental health difficulties) and to promote positive youth development. CTC is implemented in five phases, each accompanied by specific training sessions for community leaders and volunteers. These sessions are, respectively, community readiness, community mobilization, community risk, protection, and resource assessment, community strategic planning, and community plan implementation and evaluation. CTC has been evaluated in a number of large trials and has been found to be effective in promoting communities’ adoption of evidence-based prevention programs, and in reducing risk factors for youth, delinquent behaviour, and substance use initiation. Implementation of CTC in some communities also resulted in decreases in substance use prevalence among youth.

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