Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition

About Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition

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

 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.


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Healthy Maine Partnerships

The Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMP's) are a statewide network of grant funded health promotion coalitions. HMP’s work to make the places in which we live, work, learn and play healthier. 

Mission

To 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, while promoting 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 abuse while promoting caring, safe, healthy and productive communities.