Pelham Together uses data to drive all programs and initiatives. The data below was collected as part of our biennial student survey in 2017. We just completed our 2019 student health survey in March 2019, and the data and analysis from those results will be presented to the Pelham community in May 2019.
PACT has successfully engaged the Pelham community in efforts to reduce youth substance use since 1997. Over the last ten years, Pelham has seen a reduction in youth alcohol use (34% decrease), youth binge drinking (43% decrease) and youth marijuana use (37% decrease). There has also been a delay in the age that Pelham youth first try alcohol or marijuana by a full grade level, which, research shows, has a significant effect on whether someone experiences substance use problems as an adult. PACT’s success is in large part a result of working as a local coalition, comprised of many members of the community. With this “all hands on deck” approach, PACT has used data to drive evidence-based programming to prevent youth substance use and is uniquely positioned to continue in this framework as part of Pelham Together.
Over the years, the overlap between substance use and mental health and wellness has been proven time and again in the research. For the last five years, Pelham’s CCC has devoted significant resources to supporting the mental health of Pelham’s young people—from direct referrals, to an extensive website highlighting local resources and service providers, CCC has worked to connect Pelham families and adolescents facing mental health challenges to information and support. The topics and issues that CCC has worked on over the years include social and emotional health and wellness, youth depression, stress/anxiety, substance use/abuse, eating disorder, self-harm, and healthy relationships.