The Healthy Gloucester Collaborative (HGC) is committed to achieving optimal health and improving the lives of Gloucester residents and our regional partners by bringing youth and adults together to create positive change.
Our mission is to reduce alcohol and other drug problems and their related consequences for youth, families, and our community. We do this by bringing together local and state officials, educators, agencies, businesses, parents, faith leaders, law enforcement, health professionals, youth and community members to promote change. More than 200 partners are actively involved in our coalition.
Our work covers the entire continuum of prevention by working with youth to prevent first use of substances, encouraging early interventions to identify youth and adults at risk for substance use, increasing access for individuals in need of treatment, and supporting individuals through their journey of recovery.
Since 2008, the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative has steadily built a sustainable system of prevention in the City of Gloucester based upon the core value of leveraging local expertise and collaboration to create policy, systems, and environmental strategies to promote “healthy choices” as the community norm, to leverage community strengths through the youth and adult partnership, and to achieve and sustain multi-level, systems change and community collaborative leadership. Some notable accomplishments include the creation of a youth leadership group, the HGC Gloucester Youth Council, instating a school Youth Risk Behavior Survey (before 2008), implementing a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program in healthcare, faith, community and school settings across Gloucester, holding biannual Medication Disposal Days, providing trainings for police, healthcare providers, school staff and community agencies, equipping Gloucester Police with nasal Narcan, convening the High Risk Task Force, and most recently starting a Recovery Safe Space.
Since 2013, the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative has been recognized by the Department of Public Health as an innovative leader in the field of substance use prevention and has been awarded the role as the lead agency to create a coordinated regional approach across Cape Ann, Beverly, Danvers, and Ipswich, the North Shore Prevention Partnership, to expand consistency of prevention measures, share resources and support the unique needs of each community.
These regional initiatives are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), the federal Drug Free Communities Program, The Peter and Elizabeth C. TOWER Foundation, and the in-kind contributions of its many coalition partners and efforts of community members.
The Healthy Gloucester Collaborative is part of the Gloucester Health Department, City of Gloucester.