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Communities that Care

Heidi Peterson
Director/Community Coordinator
Phone: 435.843.2188

Sandy Medina
School Program Coordinator
(Lions-Quest & Life Skills Training)
Phone: 435.843.2187

Stacy Smart
Family Program Coordinator
(Guiding Good Choices)
Phone: 435.843.2185

90 North Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074

Communities that Care

In 2003, Tooele City’s youth were found to have the greatest level of risk in areas including antisocial behavior, lack of commitment to school, and family conflict. In 2004, a study was conducted which reconfirmed these risk factors and for the most part reached elevated status. As a result, Communities that Care® has implemented three proven-effective courses that are taught both in the community and in the schools: Guiding Good Choices™ to address the issue of “family conflict;” Life Skills Training to reduce “antisocial behavior;” and Lions-Quest to target “low commitment to school.”  As these risk factors were reduced, so were related problem behaviors of underage use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drug abuse.  This graph shows how these use rates have dropped dramatically since Communities that Care and evidence-based prevention efforts have been used in our community:

Percentages of Lifetime Alcohol, Cigarettes & Marijuana Use

in All Grades since 1998 (Tooele School District Profile: Table 3)

Percentages of Lifetime Use

Since then, Communities That Care has continued to evaluate elevated risk factors and depressed protective factors.  We are currently still addressing our original risk factors but have also added protective measures to decrease depressive symptoms and suicidality.  Collaboration with the Tooele County School District has helped us update our school programs as well.  Current programs and associated risk factors include:

Guiding Good Choices

Second Step

Q.P.R. 

Mayor’s Youth Recognition

Most Don’t Youth PAC

Evaluation

Tooele CTC and the Tooele County Health Department have teamed up to sponsor the Most Don’t Prevention and Advocacy Coalition (PAC).

Lifetime and 30-day e-cigarette use from 2011 to 2013
(Tooele City & Tooele School District) Profile Table 3 

Lifetime & 30-day Cigarette Use

 

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