Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC) is a non-profit, comprehensive community health coalition working to create healthier communities in Northern York County, Maine. Under the auspices of the University of New England (UNE), CHCC leads several public health initiatives to achieve social, policy, and environmental changes, including:
Project Alliance/Substance Misuse
Lead Poisoning Prevention
A substance misuse prevention coalition that focuses on increasing community involvement to improve prevention programming, address youth alcohol and marijuana misuse, and in more recent years, promote safe storage and disposal of prescription medications. In year seven of a 10-year Drug-Free Communities grant from The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Project Alliance engages community leaders from 12 community sectors to address the risk and protective factors specific to youth marijuana and alcohol misuse.
As a coalition, they follow the Strategic Prevention Framework – led by staff who hold Provisional Certification as Prevention Specialists in the State of Maine and have completed SAMHSA's Ethics in Prevention Training– and they have graduated from the National Coalition Academy training program offered by the Community of Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
Everyone plays a part in ensuring our youngest community members (children) are safe from lead poisoning. Through this program, we not only educate parents and families on the dangers of lead poisoning but provide landlords with the funds needed to remove lead paint safely. Biddeford is one of five high-risk areas designated by the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) for having the greatest burden of children with lead poisoning. This initiative is funded by HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and is offered by the City of Biddeford's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program in partnership with Community Concepts and CHCC.
This nutrition program empowers community members to shop, cook, and eat healthy on a budget. Maine SNAP-Ed uses evidence-based curricula and multi-level community-based approaches to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for low-income Maine families. Trained nutrition educators provide hands-on cooking classes, support wellness committees, and increase food access through garden programs and Farmers' Market partnerships. This initiative is grant-funded by the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and implemented in York County by CHCC.
Meet The Team
Cheri Sullivan, MA, PS-C
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
National University San Diego
Christina Schechtman, MA
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Substance
Keene State College
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English
Master of Arts in Counseling
Siena Heights University
Bachelor of Science (Dual Major)
Sustainable Agriculture and EcoGastronomy
University of New Hampshire
Bachelor of Science
Health Communication and Promotion