More than 60 Oneida County leaders from all sectors of the community met on Tuesday (1/30) at Hamilton College as part of the "Communities That Care" initiative.
The Oneida County "Communities That Care" is a risk-focused approach to prevention. Hamilton researcher Judy Owens-Manley, who compiled the initial risk assessment report, explains that risk-focused prevention is based on a simple premise, "to prevent a problem from happening, we need to identify the factors that increase the risk of that problem developing and then find ways to reduce the risks in ways that enhance and protective or resiliency factors. "
Hamilton's Dean of Faculty David Paris welcomed the participants and said how valuable this type of project is to Hamilton College and its students. Oneida County Executive Ralph Eannace gave the opening remarks with words of hope for Oneida County and praise for the work that is already being done to make this community a better place to live.
The conference was facilitated by Owens-Manley, who heads the Resource Center for Human Services, a program of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center at Hamilton College. The community will meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Hamilton College to continue work on a strategic plan for Oneida County Communities That Care.