Mary Christa Smith is a 26-year resident of Summit County who spent time at the Oakley School and Summit Community Power Works. Now a resident of Kamas, Mary Christa has two children in the South Summit School District. In this episode we talk about the new position Mary Christa will be joining at the Health Department: Communities That Care Coordinator. As the Communities That Care Coordinator, Mary Christa will work closely with the three Summit County school districts, along with local government agencies and other community partners such as CONNECT Summit County, Valley Behavioral Health, the Park City Community Foundation and many more. The Communities that Care framework is an evidence-based process used internationally with proven success metrics. Smith’s position is also as part of the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance and reports to the county’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Director.  Learn more about her work so far, future goals and more in this episode.

“Our community is committed to this work in the long term. Our (county and city councils), school districts and our families recognize that this is an issue we can only address collectively and together. Have the conversation, become part of the resolution and know that our entire community is committed and moving towards solutions for mental wellness.” — Mary Christa Smith

Additional information discussed in this episode:

  • Summit County hires Communities That Care/Youth Programs Coordinator
  • Summit County Council prioritizes mental wellness and substance abuse with adoption of strategic plan