What is Communities that Care (CTC)

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received funding from the marijuana tax cash fund to support substance use prevention among youth using the Communities that Care process across Colorado. 

Eagle County Public Health has partnered with the Eagle River Youth Coalition to staff and run the CTC process in Eagle County. 

Eagle County CTC is a community-wide collaborative effort in Eagle County. 

Our goal is to promote the positive development of children and youth and to prevent adolescent problem behaviors – specifically alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use, and youth mental health challenges. We do this by addressing risk and protective factors common in youth lives here in Eagle County. This is accomplished with the help of the CTC Community Board – local leaders, residents and youth advisors. 

Eagle County CTC’s vision is that Eagle County is a place “Where Youth Thrive!”

Social Development Strategy

The Social Development Strategy fosters the success and health of young people from before birth through every stage of development. Providing young people with opportunities, skills and recognition strengthens bonding with family, school and community. Strong bonds motivate young people to adopt healthy standards for behavior. This strategy has been tested and proven effective and is a foundation of CTC.

Risk Factors

Risk factors are those elements in a young person’s environment that increase the likelihood of them engaging in health compromising behaviors. 

Examples of risk factors:

  • Availability of drugs
  • Community laws and norms favorable towards drug use
  • High family conflict
  • Friends that engage in unhealthy behaviors
  • Low commitment to school
  • Community disorganization

Watch a video on the science behind risk factors!

Protective Factors

Protective factors buffer against risk in otherwise adverse circumstances by either reducing the impact of risk, or changing the way a child or young person responds to it. Protective factors used in CTC are derived from a research base and occur in all four social development domains.

Examples of Protective Factors include:

  • Opportunities for prosocial involvement in the community, with their family, and at school
  • Exposure to evidence-based programs
  • Attachments and bonding to family
  • Clear family rules
  • Having a trusted adult
  • Interaction with prosocial peers