The Alliance for Community Transformations, formerly the Tobacco-Free Community Partners or TFCP, was created in 1995 in partnership with Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Community Health Improvement Programs to address community needs around tobacco prevention. In 2011, the coalition changed its name to the Alliance for Community Transformations and expanded its areas of focus. The new name and broader focus allowed for a multi-faceted approach to population health through the lens of community engagement, education, advocacy, and healthy community design. ACT’s program areas include; Youth Engagement and Empowerment – with specific subsets for substance abuse and tobacco prevention; Healthy Community Design and Healthy and Active Living.
ACT has successfully engaged the region in the adoption of policies and provision of education on issues relating to tobacco use, substance abuse, and healthy community design. Our coalition has consistently delivered relevant programming and initiatives towards building healthier communities including the adoption of policies establishing smoke-free parks in the town of Bennington; the implementation of a campus-wide smoking policy for all of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center; smoking policies for the State Office Building in Bennington, Bennington College, and all three major public housing authorities in the region. Additional advocacy work in other areas includes support for the statewide adoption of a Vermont Youth Appreciation Day and recognition of Celebrate Recovery Day in the communities of Bennington, Manchester, and Arlington.
In 2018-2019, ACT transferred fiduciary agents to The Collaborative. The two organizations work closely on substance-free programming and projects throughout Bennington County.