Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
Organizing and supporting the Northern Berkshire community for over 32 years!
THE nbCC CORE program promotes dialogue leading to action about emerging community issues. Using a variety of media, the nbCC core provides the community with information that promotes healthier lifestyles.
OUR MISSION is to keep the community engaged as it addresses issues in the northern Berkshire region. We are the hub in the wheel of organizations that work to make the northern Berkshire community a great place to live and work.
OUR GOALS are to provide engaging forums for the community to address local issues. We publish materials through social media as well as a monthly newsletter and weekly e-zine that work to keep the community informed about local resources. Our monthly TV show complements the community forums that are held each month.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Amber Besaw at 413-663-7588.
No. Berkshire Tonite
OUR COMMUNITY FORUMS average over eighty participants each month and address issues that the community brings forward during our annual September Needs Assessment Forum. These forums are held on the second Friday of each month (September through May) and feature wide ranging discussions about issues that impact the community. Check our calendar here to see times and topics.
OUR MONTHLY TV SHOW (Northern Berkshire Tonite) is a taped TV show airing to many throughout the region. Topics for Northern Berkshire Tonite generally follow the monthly meeting topic and include guests from throughout the community. Northern Berkshire Tonite airs on Mondays at 7:30 pm on our local access channels 15 or 116.3.
As part of their core program, nbCC publishes several resource guides which help connect Northern Berkshire residents and local service agencies. Each contain a list of the health, human service, and educational organizations in Northern Berkshire County and how to contact them. Visit our Resource Guide page here.
The Coalition News: Part of the mission of nbCC is to help connect and build bridges between Northern Berkshire residents and our local service agencies. This monthly newsletter has been published since 1986 and works to bring information about Coalition programming and local resources through an online as well as a print version. To receive the newsletter by mail or through the internet, visit our Newsletter page by clicking here.
Our Weekly E-zine contains announcements and events submitted from our local organizations and service agencies. To subscribe or make a submission, visit our Newsletter page clicking here.
In July 2012, the Massachusetts Legislature set forth a challenge to communities across the Commonwealth to reduce health care costs by preventing chronic health conditions. The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) was established to support this initiative. Berkshire County, led by Berkshire Health Systems, is a site of one of the funded PWTF entities.
PTWF supports clinical and community partnerships that work together to reduce rates of the common and preventable health conditions and increase healthy behavior.
nbCC is a partner with other entities in Berkshire County in PWTF to reduce tobacco use, hypertension, diabetes, and falls among the elderly in Northern Berkshire and has hired a Community Health Worker to work with community residents to provide basic health education and screening and facilitate referrals to local health and wellness resources.
A unique attribute of the Coalition is the neutral role it has in the Northern Berkshire community, and the many relationships that have developed from the monthly forums and events. In its role as a community convener, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has been instrumental in the creation of many local community services. Task Forces begin as discussions within Coalition meetings, and continue as more focused discussions during the year. Linkages among state and local agencies and area residents are possible through the many meetings and forums that the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition offers.
Some of the many groups that nbCC collaborates include the MLK Day of Service Committee, the Berkshire Youth Development Project, and the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative.
We would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, send us an e-mail or give us a call at (413) 663-7588!