Charlestown Coalition

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History: The Charlestown Coalition was formed by residents and community partners in 2004, in response to the devastating epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose related death among young adults in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood. The Coalition’s structure has changed over time and is now comprised of residents, parents, youth, and more than 30 organizations representing all 12 sectors of the community. Mass General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement serves as the Coalition’s backbone agency. Despite its size, Charlestown is burdened with drug problems exceeding those of the rest of Boston. A recent Massachusetts Public Health Department report stated that the Unintentional Opioid Overdose Mortality rate in Charlestown was 19.4 per 100,000 which exceeds all other neighborhoods in Boston save South Boston at 20.3/100,000. Charlestown is also the second smallest of Boston's 21 neighborhoods, occupying only 1.4 square miles and a population of 16,439. Although small, it is a widely varied community, where renovated brownstones with views of Boston's skyline are home to some of the city's elite; a struggling middle class attempts to recover from the recession; and widespread poverty relegates many families to crowded public and subsidized housing. Such variation is unfortunately accompanied by deep-seated racism and tension between residents of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. As the Coalition has adapted to meet the changing needs of the community, in the last two years our mission has expanded beyond substance use to focus on additional social determinants of health. This includes addressing housing issues, food insecurity, racism, and mental health. What We Do: The Charlestown Coalition has a number of programs and initiatives, focused on enhancing youth protective factors, supporting individuals through drug and alcohol recovery, addressing mental and basic health needs, and making systemic and environmental changes within Charlestown and Boston at large.

Physical Address: 

15 Green St.
02129 Charlestown , MA

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Phone: 

617-726-0059

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Hours of Operation: 

Monday-Friday from 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M.

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What We Do: The Charlestown Coalition has a number of programs and initiatives, focused on enhancing youth protective factors, supporting individuals through drug and alcohol recovery, addressing mental and basic health needs, and making systemic and environmental changes within Charlestown and Boston at large. Our programs include: Turn it Around- Youth program- Charlestown Family Support Circle- Linking children and families to community services to address basic needs and mental health services- Life Skills Curriculum- Prevention program- Community Outreach Services for those with a substance use disorder or their families- Narcan Trainings

Community Meeting Space Available: 

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