This case study, written by FSG, focuses on the Franklin County Communities that Care Coalition, a collective impact initiative to reduce substance use and improve the ability of youth to reach their full potential in rural Franklin County, MA. This case study provides collective impact backbone organizations, funders, and partners with an overview of the initiative and key lessons learned.

This case study accompanies a video interview with Kat Allen, the co-backbone leader of the Communities that Care Coalition serving Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.

The Communities that Care Coalition is a collective impact initiative reducing substance abuse and improving well-being for teens in 30 towns in rural Western Massachusetts.

Key Facts
Initiative / backbone name: Communities that Care Coalition
Year initiative formed: 2002
Mission: Bring Franklin County schools, parents, youth, and the community together to promote protective factors, reduce risk factors, prevent substance use and other risky behaviors, and improve young people’s ability to reach their full potential and thrive
Geography: Rural Franklin County, MA
Impact area(s): Health – Substance Abuse, Education and Youth

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Anita Zurbrugg

backbone organization

I would love to listen to the video interview with Kat Allen. But it is not currently working from this site. Suggestions? Thank you! Anita

Submitted by Anita Zurbrugg on Wed, 2014-05-14 08:47

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger, funder community of practice

Thank you for the note, Anita. We have fixed the link to Kat's interview above. It can also be viewed here:

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Wed, 2014-05-14 12:09