The Cumberland County Healthy Communities Coalition (CCHCC) was formed to build healthy communities by reducing substance abuse among youth. We primarily focus on preventing underage drinking, marijuana use, and the abuse of prescription drugs.
The coalition is comprised of a group of active community members of all ages and from all walks of life, including educators, law enforcement, parents, youth, faith leaders, health professionals, media, local government and businesses. We also have a Youth Network for teens to participate in our efforts. Whether you live or work in Cumberland County, you are welcome to join us!
We believe in the power of collaboration and are certain that a group with a common goal can achieve so much more than one organization or individual alone. Our coalition encourages coordination and partnership between key community stakeholders to create environments that are alcohol, tobacco and drug free. We build links between local organizations and individuals who are working to accomplish common goals.
The CCHCC began in 2007 as a community initiative of The Southwest Council, Inc. Funds are provided by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and managed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through a Drug Free Communities Support Program grant. The coalition is charged with matching every dollar that is provided by the grant with dollars that were raised through fundraisers, other grant opportunities, and donations.
- Conducted “Above the Influence” activities with over 2,000 Cumberland County youth.
- Hosted award winning author and psychologist Dr. Michael Bradley for an educational training entitled, “Working with the New Millennium Teen.” There were 108 attendees from 8 NJ counties.
- Conducted PRIDE surveys each year with middle school and high school aged youth in Cumberland County. The survey collects data and assesses students’ attitudes, behaviors and beliefs regarding alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs. They have been conducted in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and have been administered with over 2,500 youth in 20 schools.
- Partnered with local liquor stores and engaged youth in several “Sticker Shock” Campaigns to remind consumers about the consequences of purchasing for those under 21.
- Created letter for realtors to provide to their clients warning of the risk of potential Rx theft during open houses.
- Worked with local youth to film a public service announcement on underage drinking. Provided copies to all schools within the county.
- Worked with the SCRATCH Coalition to conduct outreach to local funeral homes encouraging an addition or modification to existing policy which would require funeral home staff to alert families of how and where to dispose of the deceased Rx medications.
- Collaborated with regional coalitions on a multimedia campaign including billboards, mall kiosks, newspaper ads and radio spots geared toward the prevention of underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and marijuana use. Ads will be seen and heard in Cumberland County through June 2015.
- Conducted fake-ID training with local and state law enforcement.
- Partnered with the Prosecutor’s Office and a regional coalition to organize and host an educational prescription drug abuse and heroin conference as well as a community forum to raise awareness on the growing trend in our county. Over 180 individuals attended the two events.
- Collaborated with two regional coalitions to organize and host a presentation by Kevin Sabet to increase awareness about the dangers of marijuana. Over 110 individuals attended.
- Advocated for and secured a permanent prescription drug drop box at Port Norris State Police Barracks and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office through the Project Medicine Drop Program.
- Had safe disposal postcards made and provided them to every pharmacy in the county to hand out to their customers and partnered with the NJ Pharmacist’s Association to send out follow-up letters to all county pharmacies.
- Organized a full-day substance abuse awareness conference for 140 school personnel in partnership with the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and SCRATCH Coalition. Garnered support from Superintendents Roundtable and backing from NJ Department of Education to provide 6 professional development hours.
- Facilitated an annual “tuxedo card” contest where youth encouraged their peers to stay drug and alcohol free during prom season. The winning design was mass produced and provided to shops and stores where youth and parents frequent before prom. One local tuxedo shop put the card in the breast pocket of every tuxedo they rented.
- Started a “Drugs over Dinner” Campaign with Steered Straight, Inc. to create stickers to be placed on pizza boxes and take-out containers that encourage parents to speak with their children about drugs over dinner – parents are the most important influence in a child’s life! Also, erected coordinating billboards in the county.
- Created an informational card about driving high and requested that local driving schools and DMVs distribute them to drivers and, encouraged schools to edit their curriculum to add that driving under the influence of marijuana will be discussed in drivers education classes. Also, erected coordinating billboards in the county.
Our Most Involved Community Partners
The Southwest Council, Inc., The SCRATCH Coalition, Steered Straight, Inc., NJ Pharmacist’s Association – Region 5, Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition, Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA)/Municipal Alliances, SNAP Ed., Cumberland County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services/ First Step, Millville Public Schools, Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Vineland Police Department, Millville Police Depatment, Bridgeton National Exchange Club, Vineland City Department of Health, Cumberland County Department of Health, Cumberland County College, Cumberland County College Student Senate, Quality Care Resource and Referral, ShopRite of Landis, Juvante Formalwear, The GRASP Coalition, SERV, School Based Youth Services/ Inspira Health Network, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Family Support Organization, Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), and more!
For more information on the CCHCC, please contact Michael Regenelli at 856.794.1011 ext. 303 or email@example.com
*The Coalition is a community initiative of The Southwest Council, Inc. Funds are provided by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and managed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Views and opinions contained in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the funders and should not be constructed as such.