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Promoting Health

Every individual should have the resources to become strong and resilient.

Strategy 1:
Promote healthy aging

What this means:

We are taking a holistic approach to address the physical, nutritional, and mental health of residents who want to age in place on the Cape and Islands. 

Desired Community Outcomes
  • Increased food access and nutritional wellness

  • Increased participation and access to physical wellness classes

  • Increased aging in place supports

  • Decreased social isolation

  • Increased access to mental health services

  • Increased staff trained in best practices/evidence-based programming

Strategy 2:
Support prevention and recovery services

What this means:

We support early opportunities that can prevent later substance/alcohol use in youth and young adults. We also encourage recovery support services that encourage long-term sobriety and stop the cycle of addiction.

Desired Community Outcomes
  • Increased awareness of alcohol and substance use and misuse

  • Reduced risky behaviors in youth and young adults

  • Increased awareness of substance use prevention

  • Increased access to pain management

  • Greater access to mental health supports for young people

  • Increased staff trained in best practices/evidence-based programming

On Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, residents ages 65 and over collectively make up 21% of the region’s population.

American Community Survey, 2017

22.2% of Massachusetts' budget goes towards substance use. Only 1¢ of every dollar pays for prevention and treatment; the other 99¢ pays for the consequences.

Center on Addiction, 2018

1 in 7 local residents struggle with addiction. Rates of teen substance use for alcohol and heroin exceed the state average. 

Community Health Needs Assessment Report and Implementation Plan, 2014-2016

Alcohol consumption remains prevalent throughout Massachusetts; binge drinking is higher than the average rate for individuals 18 - 64.

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