The Caring Community Network of the Twin Rivers (CCNTR) thinks about communities in a broad, interconnected way. It looks at health from three perspectives – individual, public, and community health. Using these broad areas to explore how people, organizations and support systems interact can help to identify the overall health of the community – its people, its environment, and its resources.
Healthy communities have a set of characteristics that set them apart:
- They meet basic needs of food, nutrition, shelter and healthcare
- They provide economic resources such as employment and transportation
- They provide prevention and wellness programs for their citizens
- They safeguard their environment, are involved in public health, and engaged in emergency preparedness
- They provide programs to improve the skills and knowledge necessary for today and tomorrow
- They have many ways for people to be involved in their community
- They help their citizens with social problems such as helping the less fortunate, supporting elders, and strengthening families
- They work with their communities and collaborate with other communities
CCNTR brings people from different disciplines together to solve problems in the greater Twin Rivers region. Through our work together, we identify community needs and take action to solve community problems. We pay attention to how easy it is to get help when a family with a lot of challenges needs many agencies to work together to solve a problem. We care about finding ways to make the community stronger in its ability to identify needs, act on solutions, and deliver services.
If services aren’t available or people can’t afford them, we work to close this gap in the service system. When the community could prevent problems from happening, we work to together in teams to find ways to raise awareness, educate, and build involvement so that we can keep the community strong. This action-model allows not-for-profit agencies, individual citizens, municipalities, and public agencies to work together to improve the overall health of the Twin Rivers communities.