Engaging the community to promote youth and family wellness.
Who are we?:
The Southern Larimer Prevention Partnership was convened by Team Wellness & Prevention in March 2016. With funding from the Office of Behavioral Health at the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Partnership began the process of working with Loveland/Berthoud community members and organizations of all sectors (business, education, government, nonprofit, healthcare, etc.) in an effort to promote youth and family wellness.
What we are doing:
The Southern Larimer Prevention Partnership will evaluate risk factors associated with adolescent problem behaviors (i.e., substance abuse, delinquency, violence, suicide, truancy) and protective factors within the community that help mitigate such problem behaviors (i.e., opportunities for prosocial involvement, bonding within the family, attachment to school, etc.) with the goal to propose and implement policies/practices that the Loveland/Berthoud community can adopt to promote youth and family wellness.
What we know and what is missing:
Larimer County-specific statistics (Healthy Kids Colorado, 2015)
Youth marijuana use (past 30 days): 17.6% (Colorado average: 21.2%)
Youth suicide attempts (12 months): 6.8% (Colorado average: 7.8%)
Youth who have been bullied in the past 12 months: 21.9% (Colorado average: 20.1%)
Mental health reported as “not good” (1 or more times in last 30 days): 70.6% (Colorado average: 64.3%)
Youth alcohol use (past 30 days): 57.2% (Colorado average: 59.2%)
Youth prescription drug use (lifetime): 12.7% (Colorado average: 13.7%)
Do these statistics represent youth in the Loveland/Berthoud community?
What unique, contextual risk and protective factors exist in the Loveland/Berthoud community?
What promising practices exist in the Loveland/Berthoud community that support the youth and family wellness?
How might existing policies/practices be complemented by additional policies/practices?
The value and benefit of participating in the partnership:
With your investment, you can be part of collective group, working across sectors to create a lasting, positive impact (adoption of proven policies/practices based in prevention science) for the youth of the Loveland community.
The Loveland Prevention Partnership is composed of a diverse group of organizations and skill-sets. The group has the will and capacity to appropriately evaluate the needs and strengths of the community and to work with local leaders on developing and implementing strategies that benefit young people.
Being a recipient of the Loveland Prevention Partnership’s work, you will have access to data that can help in communicating financial support for your future efforts.
You have a partner in the Loveland Prevention Partnership committed to the long-term future of youth in the community.
Team Wellness & Prevention
Community Life Center
Boys & Girls Club of Loveland
Larimer County Dept. of Health & Environment
UC Health - Vida Sana Loveland
CSU Prevention Research Center
The Family Center
House of Neighborly Services
Loveland Police Department
Thompson School District
Participating agencies share the coalition’s mission; attend monthly coalition meetings; contribute to specialized work groups according to expertise, time, and resources; and are committed to a collective effort to engage in a community needs assessment, participate in a strategic plan, and support the implementation of identified, evidence-based policies/programs/practices.