EDC identifies opportunities to promote individual, family, and community health and address disparities. We break down barriers to reach the medically underserved and improve the delivery of coordinated, evidence-based prevention and treatment services. Our programs reach the young and the elderly—and their caregivers—in diverse settings, including clinics, hospitals, schools, Head Start programs and child care centers, community programs, senior centers, and assisted living.

We develop community-level health communications campaigns as well as face-to-face and online training programs for physicians, nurses, mental health counselors, and allied health providers. We design digital health tools for reaching busy professionals and for providing consumers with self-management support.

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Experts

A photo of EDC's Karen Cairone
Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate
Kim Dash
Senior Research Scientist
Shai Fuxman staff portrait
Senior Research Scientist
Lauren Gilman
Director, MassTAPP
Chelsey Goddard
Vice President | Director, SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies
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Evaluator
EDC's Julie Goldstein Grumet staff portrait
Director of Prevention and Practice
EDC's Heidi Kar staff portrait
Senior Project Director
Brad Karlin
Vice President | Chief of Mental Health and Aging
Lauren Katzman
Project Director
Chuck Klevgaard
Project Director
Ronnie Lovich, Technical Director, Health Programs
Technical Director, Health Programs
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Senior Project Director
Mary Ann Mackrain staff portrait
Senior Project Director
A photo of EDC's Debra Gardner Morris
Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate
Athi Myint-U
Deputy Center Director
Kim Netter
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Dawn Nixon staff portait
Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
Lydia O'Donnell
Senior Vice President | Senior Fellow
Carol Oliver
Chief of Training and Technical Assistance
EDC's Kimberly O’Brien staff portrait
Research Scientist
EDC's Jerry Reed staff portrait
Senior Vice President for Practice Leadership | Portfolio Lead, Suicide, Violence, and Injury Prevention
EDC's Gisela Rots staff portrait
Project Director
Melanie Sany
Senior Technical Advisor for Youth Livelihoods
Shari Kessel Schneider
Project Director II
Erin Smith
Project Director
Rebecca Jackson Stoeckle
Vice President | Director, Health and Technology
EDC's Ellyson Stout staff photo
Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Nancy Topping-Tailby
Project Director
Maria Valenti
Community Psychologist
Jim Vetter
Associate Director
Jack Vondras
Certified Prevention Specialist

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on behavioral, physical, and mental health. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Reports

This report presents highlights and findings from EDC’s administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey to 24,355 high school students in 26 Massachusetts communities in 2014.

Toolkits

This online tool provides guidance for applying the Strategic Prevention Framework process to the prevention of alcohol misuse and abuse.

Reports

To promote optimal development, each Head Start program plans, implements, and evaluates actions that provide safe environments for children to be active and competent learners.

Toolkits

This online toolkit provides specific guidance for applying SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to the prevention of opioid misuse and overdoses.

Resource libraries

This website includes selected resources from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s work to prevent suicide.

Apps

This app demonstrates that handwashing, covering your cough, and washing surfaces can reduce the spread of illness.

Resource libraries

This resource library contains reports, analyses, surveys, and fact sheets developed as part of EDC’s administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey from 2006 to 2014.

Reports

This online guide provides Head Start and Early Head Start home visitors with effective strategies to assess, promote, and model good hygiene during regular meetings with families.

Reports

The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) developed this guidance document to assist efforts in preventing and reducing underage drinking and other drug use in Ma

Resource libraries

This website contains links to social marketing campaigns from communities supported by the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP).