Healthy Futures Initiative

Healthy Futures Initiative supports youth in making healthy choices for a lifestyle free of alcohol and drug abuse.

We accomplish this work through a broad coalition of community partners throughout Summit County.
Marijuana Perceptions in Summit County


2015 Survey Research Findings

Communities that Care Brief (pdf) 

Strategies and Projects

Healthy Futures Initiative works on a number of strategies to help reduce substance use in youth and to strengthen collaboration among community agencies. The current areas of focus for the coalition are:
  1. Community Collaboration: Identify champions and maintain collaboration of groups, individuals, boards and organizations, and provide opportunities for partnership.
  2. Reduce Youth Substance Use: Create healthy community norms through targeted education, outreach and policy changes; encourage positive changes in behaviors and attitudes related to substance use; increase public awareness.
  3. Parent Education and Support Groups: Educate parents about relevant topics (e.g., marijuana legalization, underage drug and alcohol use, prescription drug abuse) and provide a continuum of parent-support services to encourage healthy choices.
  4. Promote Youth leaders: Collaborate with Summit School District, CMC, local ski areas, businesses, and other community partners to help youth and young adults become leaders in the community in implementing a healthy behavior model.
  5. Advance Healthy Social Norms: Promote family-focused events that are substance free; work to ensure that substance use at other community events is responsible and safe.

​Suicide Prevention

View a video about our work to prevent suicide, including tips on talking with those who may need help.

Preventing Rx Drug Abuse

View a video about our work to prevent prescription drug abuse.

Coalition Partners

Summit County, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and Office of Juvenile Diversion, Summit County Public Health, Summit School District, Snowy Peaks High School, The Peak School, Family and Intercultural Resource Center, Early Childhood Options, Advocates for Victims of Assault, The Summit Foundation, Summit Community Care Clinic, Mind Springs Health, Town of Breckenridge, Breckenridge Police Department, Town of Dillon, Dillon Police Department, Town of Frisco, Frisco Police Department, Town of Silverthorne, Silverthorne Police Department, Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge Tourism Office, Standard Sales, Summit Daily News, School Based Health Clinic, High Country Health Care, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain, Vail Resorts.