Team Medford’s mission is to provide information and support to existing systems in the Medford community, such as families, schools, police, businesses, hospitals and other organizations serving Medford to take action around issues that effect the health of the community and its people.
What We Do
Team Medford is an initiative of the Health Department and works in collaboration with other community coalitions, school departments, school groups and police to prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use amongst youth and promote healthy eating, physical activity in the City of Medford.
Team Medford also has a group of dedicated citizens who are committed to empowering youth. This group’s purpose is:
Empowering youth to have a voice in Medford in partnership with supportive advocates to bring about community change and growth.
Team Medford will:
- Goal 1: Educate the community on issues that affect youth.
- Goal 2: Engage role models of all ages to share their experience and insight in order to encourage healthy behavior amongst one another.
- Goal 3: Increase opportunities for youth to have a say on issues pertaining to them in their community.
*Team Medford Meeting will not be meeting June, July or August 2016. Please contact teammedford02155@gmail for more information
Team Medford Funding
Team Medford is funded through many different sources including state and federal:
Mass In Motion from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the primary goal is to increase physical activity and access to healthy foods.
Partnerships for Success (PFS) from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) will target prescription drug misuse and abuse among high school-age youth through primary prevention. A 5 year grant, awarded in February 2016.
Underage Drinking Prevention Grant (UDPG) from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) the primary goal is to reduce social and commercial access to alcohol. *Grant ended June 30, 2015 after 7 years of funding
Drug Free Communities (DFC) from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of National Drug Control Policy the primary purpose is to strengthen collaboration among community entities and reduce substance use among youth. *Grant ended September 2014, after 10 year of funding
Sobering Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP Act) an enhancement grant for DFC to reduce underage drinking and create a youth education program.
Mass In Motion:
- Community Gardening
- Farmers Market awareness
- Walking Routes
- Engaging in a strategic prevention planning process, this process will result in a comprehensive plan using evidence based stratgies to adddress non medical use of prescription drugs
- Data Collection
- Youth Leadership Conferences (local and regional)
- Building Assets in the Community
- Alcohol compliance checks
- Tobacco compliance checks
- Updating policy within the city
Initiatives for 2015-2016
- SBIRT In Schools
- Positive Youth Development
- Asset Video celebrating Medford’s strengthens
- Implementation of Alcohol and Substance Alternative Program
- Increase awareness of Drug & Sharps Disposal Units
- Implementing Alcohol and Substance Alternative Program in partnership with Medford Police
- Monitoring tobacco related products being sold and alcohol advertisements youth are being exposed to in the City
- Reducing the Stigma of Substance Use Disorders #StigmaPreventsChange