Facing Addiction, Inc. Selects JCOH/Fitchburg as a National Pilot Site

 The national non-profit organization, Facing Addiction, Inc., has selected Fitchburg, MA as one of 15 communities for its pilot grass-roots community project. Working closely with the Joint Coalition on Health, the Center for Health Impact partnered to submit the application in a highly competitive process.

Facing Addiction Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction. It was the official non-governmental organization for the first-ever Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

The project, first announced by Facing Addiction in October 2015, will work to reform the public response to the addiction crisis in 15 selected communities via a grassroots-driven campaign.  Specifically, Facing Addiction will work with Fitchburg, MA and 14 other communities to:

  • Secure increases in localized funding to adequately address the crisis
  • Train advocates on proper organizational and advocacy techniques to reform their community’s response
  • Invest time and resources in communication opportunities with elected officials and other policy makers
  • Provide media guidance to garner press coverage to further highlight the solutions to the problem
  • Develop political strategies and aid community stakeholders in the development of an overarching “campaign strategy”

“We are excited about the prospect of working to train, organize and mobilize citizens in Fitchburg, MA to ensure a shift toward a public, health-centered response to those impacted by addiction”, said Greg Williams, Facing Addiction’s Co-Founder and Executive Vice President. “We are excited about working together to build on existing efforts within the community and to foster further meaningful, sustainable and positive change on the issue of addiction,” said Susan Buchholz, Co-Chair of the Joint Coalition on Health (JCOH) Sub-Committee on Opiates and Addiction.

The other communities selected to participate in the Pilot Community Project are: Annapolis, MD; Baton Rouge, LA; Billings, MT; Boise, ID; Chicago, IL; Cumming, GA;- Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs, WV; New Canaan, CT; Rochester, NY; Safford, AZ; San Diego, CA; Springfield, MO; West Bend, WI; and West Linn, OR.