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 serves the Maine communities of Arundel, Biddeford, Buxton, Dayton, Hollis, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach and Saco.

CHCC’s work is supported by Maine’s Centers for Disease Control, the Fund for Healthy Maine and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).


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


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.


  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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