The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities formed as an extension of the successful Coalition of Healthy Communities (CHC) network. CHC was founded in 1993 by four local coalition groups seeking to strengthen their existing collaboration through the creation of an umbrella organization. In 2003, CHC members, with the support of Oakland County’s Office of Substance Abuse Services, launched the Alliance of Coalition for Healthy Communities to begin the next phase in Oakland Prevention.
Today, our Alliance has grown to include nineteen community prevention coalitions serving fifty-five+ local communities and is the Chapter for Oakland County Families Against Narcotics with 5 dedicated regions to increase support and recovery efforts.
In 2018, the Alliance updated our Mission and Vision:
Mission: Building healthy communities through prevention, wellness and recovery support.
Vision: To be a nationally recognized best practice leader in connecting prevention initiatives through collaboration by creating and sustaining healthy communities.
Key Activities of the ACHC
- County-wide strategic prevention plan
- Assessment through bi-annual student survey and parent survey
- Use of logic model and intervention mapping
- CADCA challenge prescription drug abuse prevention campaign
- Promotion of safe prescription drug disposal
- Campaign to prevent youth marijuana use, Clear the Smoke
- Partnership with Families Against Narcotics
- Advocacy on alcohol regulation and other public health issues
- Training sessions for local coalition staff and board
- Monthly coalition networking meetings
Behavioral health is increasingly recognized as critical to overall health. This includes freedom from harmful alcohol and drug use, and strengthening of emotional and social well-being.
The Coalition’s strategies seek to support communities in the following areas:
- Prevent alcohol and substance use by youth
- Prevent alcohol and substance abuse by adults
- Create, sustain and recognize partnerships that promote health and wellness
- Promote a continuum of care that embraces prevention, treatment, recovery and support efforts
- Improve access to resources and opportunities through education and advocacy