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Building a Healthy Community

**Please note that due to Newtown Public Schools Spring break, we will not meet on April 17th. Our next task force meeting will be April 24th at 9:30am in the Municipal Chambers. Taskforce meetings are open to the public.

The Center for Support and Wellness, chartered by the Town of Newtown, leads the development and realization of a shared vision of a healthy community. Through advocacy, referrals, program development, and outreach, we will ensure that Newtown’s individuals and families have access to a comprehensive system of behavioral health and wellness support.

Currently, the CSW is moving through a strategic plan which includes creating a shared definition of Healthy Community through a behavioral health lens. Watch our community calendar for posted dates and our blog for further information as this evolves in 2018.

In order to better understand what we mean by a healthy community, we are looking at the UNLV research on healthy communities:
UNLV Research PDF

NYU study

Other Helpful Resources:
World Health Organizations

Defining a Healthy Community Meeting: April 3, 2018

The purpose of this second meeting was to look at all the subcategories in a healthy community and see if there were any themes emerging that were relevant to Newtown. As a task force we are gaining traction on understanding a Healthy Community from a behavioral health lens. The categories that seemed to be prevalent in the conversation where Connectedness, Awareness, Education, Healthy Lifestyle, Access, Resiliency, Engagement, Physical and mental health. Articles listed above (The UNLV study and World Health organization) have been provided to all those in attendance and can be viewed from this site. The meetings are collaborative in nature and open to the public. Below is the agenda, minutes, and slide outline of the meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Jennifer Crane at 203-270-4612.

Community Forums are as follows:

April 10, 2018 at 8:00pm Edmund Town Hall
April 11, 2018 at 8:00am Municipal Chambers

Community Forums will be a chance for community members to talk about the questions: "What do you see are the elements of a healthy community" and "How would you know you live in a Healthy Community"

Download Meeting Outline

Download Meeting Minutes

Defining a Healthy Community Meeting: March 27, 2018

In an effort to collaborate across the community all "Defining a Healthy Community Meetings" are open to the public. There is research and literature to help to guide the definition, however it is essential that community members and community organizations are utilizing common language, together authoring the definition, and are all ambassadors in the spirit of a healthy community from a behavioral healthy lens. All meeting information will be posted here.

Meeting Outline:

Download bhc 3.27.18_Meeting outline

Meeting Minutes:

Download 03-27-18 working meeting minutes

Brainstorming Notes: