City of Gloucester invites community members to participate in focus groups


For immediate release

GLOUCESTER – Mayor Greg Verga and Director of Health Mary Ellen Rose are pleased to announce that the Gloucester Health Department will host a series of youth substance use focus groups for community members in October .

The focus groups will be divided into five 90-minute sessions. People between the ages of 14 and 18, parents or guardians, teachers, social workers and people who work with young people are encouraged to participate to discuss and share their experiences with substance use among young people.

The Gloucester Health Service will collect feedback from the focus groups to inform the Health Service’s strategic planning on youth substance abuse topics. Discussion groups will take place:

  • Monday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA, 7 Gloucester Crossing Road. This session will welcome parents. Childcare will be provided. (English)
  • Tuesday, October 4 15 hours. at Gloucester High School, 32 Leslie O Johnson Road. This session will welcome young people from 14 to 18 years old.
  • Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA. This session will welcome parents. Childcare will be provided. This focus group will be conducted in Spanish only.
  • Wednesday October 12 at 3:30 p.m.. at Gloucester High School. This session will welcome professionals who work with young people.
  • Thursday, October 13 at 9 a.m. by zoom. This session will welcome social workers.

Attendees will receive a $40 Target gift card and food will be provided for the in-person focus groups.

The Gloucester Health Department organizes these focus groups in conjunction with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Persons under the age of 18 must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian to participate.

Community members are encouraged to attend by signing up for a discussion group here.

If you have any questions about the focus groups, please contact Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh, Regional Director of Prevention, Gloucester Health Department, at (978) 325-6623 or [email protected]

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