Community Health Solutions

Community Health Solutions Consulting from CES offers our sixteen years of experience at the local level to plan, coordinate and support effective public health and prevention programs addressing health, nutrition and food insecurity, fitness, underage substance abuse prevention, school climate and bullying, and trauma-informed communities.

Community Health Solutions helps nonprofit organizations, local and regional public and private health institutions and departments, government, schools, colleges and universities, community organizations and groups, youth and adult leaders to gather research and assess community needs, and facilitates strategic planning and implementation for programs that can increase healthy behaviors and support healthy communities.

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Our Approach

Our approach seeks to create effective community health engagement models by involving the community to make change. Community engagement for healthy change begins at the grassroots. At CES, we know that social and environmental risk and protective factors underpin and support strong educational outcomes for all students and families. In keeping with our mission to to develop and foster educational excellence and opportunity for all learners through collaboration and leadership,

We believe that the foundation of any successful project is getting to know the communities or groups that we are working with, and designing programs as a trusted partner. Our consultants are expert at assessment, evaluation, and in the use and adaptation of multiple evidence-based models and processes for change, applied to meet the specific needs of the project. Our close ties to and experience in western Massachusetts provide clients with opportunities to view projects and needs from the grassroots level.

Experience

Our consultants have deep knowledge in these areas. Among the clients and partners we have in this work are Healthy Hampshire, SPIFFY, Educational Development Corporation, and the Northampton Prevention Coalition.

We have expertise in:

  • Healthy Food Access/Diet and Nutrition
  • Healthy Retail
  • Physical Activity/Fitness
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Age-friendly Communities
  • Community Planning for Health/Community Walkability
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • School Climate
  • Trauma-informed Care
  • Youth Development and Mental Health
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Services

Assessment and Evaluation

  • Youth Prevention Needs Assessment Survey (PNAS)
  • Surveys of parents, teachers, youth, and community residents
  • Qualitative data collection methods (focus groups and key informant interviews)   
  • Data searches and presentation of data
  • Walkability and Bike-ability audits

We gather, analyze, and use data to assess community-wide strengths and problem areas. 

Strategic Planning for Community Engagement

  • Strategic planning and community capacity building
  • Facilitating collaboration
  • Successful grants and funding development
  • Sustainability planning
  • Engaging youth and adults in making their community a healthier place to live

Evidence-Based Prevention Strategies

Promoting a wide variety of healthy behaviors:

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Using the risk and protective framework
  • Educational curriculum
  • Social norms marketing

Healthy Hampshire

Heathy Hampshire, including the Food Access Advisory Committee convened in 2017, is administered by the City of Northampton in partnership with Community Health Solutions. We work with residents, community partners and municipalities in 11 communities to reduce rates of chronic disease by effecting changes to policies and systems that encourage physical activity, healthy food access, improved patient care, and linkages between healthcare systems and community-level prevention activities.

Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY)

SPIFFY is a coalition of over 80 community partners working together to improve outcomes for youth in Hampshire County. For twenty years, CES has administered the Coalition and CHS assists in its work.

I cannot stress how happy I am with CES – I have been in this business for 30 years, and I’ve never worked with such great people. One of the best outfits we’ve worked with on grant administration.

 

— Public Health Director

Staff

Sue Cairn, M.Ed.

Sue Cairn, M.Ed.

Sue has over 25 years of experience managing grants and has extensive experience collaborating with schools that serve at-risk youth, behavioral health providers, youth serving agencies, and community partners. Sue specializes in coalition building, community engagement, strategic planning and assessment, in particular in the area of prevention and public health. In her work with SPIFFY, Sue has coordinated the substance abuse prevention coalition, including assessment, the development of strategic plans, sustainability, coordination of environmental strategy implementation, and fundraising. Sue focuses on collaboration and community building, with a focus on ensuring that all voices are brought to the table.

Position: Director, Healthy Families and Communities

Email: scairn@collaborative.org

Phone: 413.586.4900 x5580

Caitlin Marquis, MS

Caitlin Marquis, MS

Caitlin has worked to maintain healthy communities and resilient local food systems through robust community engagement for nearly a decade. In her current role as Healthy Hampshire Coordinator, she has led several community organizing efforts, including the Food Access Advisory Committee and a county-wide mobile market working group, and she coordinates the Empowered Eaters project. Prior to her work with CES, Caitlin worked with the Growing Food Connections Initiative of American Farmland Trust, and served as a Project Manager for Fresh Foods Here. She specializes in project management, community engagement, program evaluation, food policy and planning, stakeholder analysis and engagement.

Position: Healthy Hampshire Program Manager

Email: cmarquis@collaborative.org

Phone: 413.586.4900 x5562

S. Clarke Bankert, MPH

S. Clarke Bankert, MPH

Clarke Bankert (she/her/they/them) is the Senior Manager for Community Inclusion Strategies, and in this role she facilitates a variety of community-led processes to promote healthy communities, shift power to people most impacted by health inequities, and dismantle systems of oppression that concentrate power in the hands of the few. Prior to this role, she managed Healthy Hampshire for eight years and has worked in the field of public health for over a dozen years to create healthier communities by supporting community-led processes for change. She has been involved in all aspects of the change process, including assessment and data collection, program design, program implementation, evaluation and organizational capacity building. Through each of these elements, Clarke brings a passion for community-led efforts that center the voices and actions of people who experience the greatest burden of health inequities in our communities. Prior to her work at CES, Clarke was a Prevention Specialist with the Western Massachusetts Center for Healthy Communities, a program of Cooley Dickinson Hospital supporting regional public health efforts. While at the Center for Healthy Communities she conducted the first Community Health Needs Assessment for the hospital and provided technical assistance on community food systems to the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council.

Position: Senior Manager, Community Inclusion Strategies

Email: cbankert@collaborative.org

Phone: 4135864900

Heather Warner, MPH

Heather Warner, MPH

Heather Warner, MPH, (she/her/hers) is the Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) Coalition Manager, at the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) in Northampton, Massachusetts. SPIFFY partners with key stakeholders throughout Hampshire County to plan and implement science-based strategies to prevent underage drinking and drug misuse, and create a culture where youth are supported to make healthy choices. Prior to her work at CES, Heather was the Coordinator for the Holyoke Community Health Planning Commission and the Director of the Holyoke Tobacco Control Program.

Position: SPIFFY Manager

Email: hwarner@collaborative.org

Phone: 4135864900

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