Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition

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Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC) at the University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine is a comprehensive community-based health coalition working to promote physical activity and nutrition, tobacco prevention and cessation, substance abuse prevention and lead poisoning prevention.

CHCC is a local Healthy Maine Partnership serving the Maine communities of Arundel, Biddeford, Buxton, Dayton, Hollis, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach and Saco.

CHCC is one of 28 local Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMP). The HMP initiative is a collaborative effort among local coalitions, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control (ME CDC DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) and the Department of Education (DOE). The HMP initiative is supported primarily by the Fund for Healthy Maine with federal grants from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SAMHS and DOE. CHCC’s Drug Free Communities program, or Project Alliance, receives Federal funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).


Vision

Create healthier communities where we live, learn, work and play.

Mission

Promote chronic disease prevention and support healthy lifestyles for those living and working in the CHCC service area through community education and activities that prevent tobacco use and substance abuse and promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Goals

  1. Work toward promoting a smoke-free environment in all public indoor and outdoor places.
  2. Educate the community about health and the economic costs of chronic disease and how to prevent it.
  3. Create supportive environments within communities, schools and work sites for physical activity and good nutrition.
  4. Empower youth, parents and community members to collaborate with the goal of reducing substance misuse while promoting caring, safe, healthy and productive communities.

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