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ABOUT US

Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC) is a nonprofit, 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

Teenagers

Project Alliance is a substance misuse prevention coalition that focuses on increasing community involvement to improve prevention programming; address youth alcohol and cannabis misuse; and promote safe storage and disposal of prescription medications. This initiative is funded by the Drug-Free Communities grant from The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and engages community leaders from 12 community sectors.

 

The coalition follows the Strategic Prevention Framework – and is led by staff who hold Provisional Certification as Prevention Specialists in the State of Maine; have completed SAMHSA's Ethics in Prevention Training; and have graduated from the National Coalition Academy training program offered by the Community of Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Crawling Baby

Everyone plays a part in ensuring our youngest community members (children) are safe from lead poisoning. Through this program, we educate parents and families on the dangers of lead poisoning and 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.

SNAP-Ed Nutrition

Eating Watermelon

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 CHCC TEAM

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Cheri Anderson, MA, PPS 
Director

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

csullivan29@une.edu

(207) 602-3589

Education 

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

National University San Diego

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Susan LaVerriere, MA
Evaluation/Administrative Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

slaverriere@une.edu

(207) 602-3520

Education 

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Carroll University

Bachelor of Arts in Music, University of Southern Maine

Master of Arts in Health Services Administration

University of Wisconsin

Alissa Wigglesworth, BA, PPS
Prevention Program Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

awigglesworth@une.edu

(207) 602-3551

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

and Substance Misuse Studies

Keene State College

Ethan Pollard
Project Alliance
Project Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him/His

epollard2@une.edu

(207) 602-3555

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mid-Level Education

Arkansas State University

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Megan Letendre 
SNAP-Ed Nutrition
Education Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

mletendre@une.edu

(207) 602-3521

Education

Bachelor of Science (Dual Major)

Sustainable Agriculture and EcoGastronomy 

University of New Hampshire

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Sierra Sawyer, MS
Project Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

ssawyer3@une.edu

(207) 602-3550

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Western Colorado University

Master of Science in Educational Leadership

University of New England

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Lex Abbatello
SNAP-Ed
Nutrition
Education Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

ajensen10@une.edu

(207) 602-3596

Education

Bachelor of Science

Health Communication and Promotion 

Emerson College

Volunteers

Our Coalition Members & Community Volunteers

A heartfelt thank you to our incredible community volunteers who complete our CHCC Team.

Your dedication is a testament to the power

of unity and the positive change that can be achieved when people come together for a common purpose.  Your contributions, big and small, create a lasting impact and make

our community a better place. 

Thank you for making a difference.

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