Communities that Care


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United Way of the Black Hills (UWBH) Mental Health Initiative, with generous support from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, is facilitating the implementation of Communities That Care (CTC) in Rapid City. 

What is CTC? 

Communities That Care is a community-owned prevention system proven to reduce youth health and behavior problems community wide because it is:

  • Locally owned and operated. A local collaborative makes decisions from local data to address priority needs.

  • Data driven and outcome-focused. Community-specific data are used to set goals, measure progress, and adjust as needed.

  • Addresses the underlying causes (risk and protective factors) of youth health and behavior problems.

  • Uses proven programs matched to local priorities selected from local data.

  • Cost effective, returning $11.14 for each dollar invested. (see Research Brief, No. 27, May 2021 for details)


How does CTC work?

CTC's 5-phase process provides communities with a step-by-step guide, as well as the tools, for building a high functioning community prevention coalition to achieve positive collective impact. Murray Lee, Mental Health Initiative Director of UWBH, and Linda Colhoff-Glover, Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, are co-facilitating this effort and will be working diligently to guide and assist in the implementation of this youth prevention model in Rapid City. CTC coalitions participate in a series of joint trainings where Key Leaders and Community Board members learn and apply prevention principles to guide the assessment, lead in decision making, and aid in the program implementation process.


Why CTC? 

The CTC is aligned with the United Way of the Black Hills new community impact model, and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation’s philosophies of understanding, collaboration, and long-term sustainable change. In the coming months and years of it's implementation, we expect to see the reduction of risk factors and the increase of protective factors which will create healthier circumstances for youth in Rapid City.


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