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Drug Free Muskegon County

The Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County directly works to reduce substance abuse in the Muskegon area while establishing and strengthening collaboration among all sectors of the community with an interest in reducing and preventing substance abuse.

It acts as an organizational hub focused on reducing drug abuse, bringing together individuals, youths, and over 25 community organizations including schools, health providers, law enforcement, the faith community, and business and civic leaders. These interested parties come together to solve emerging problems in their community that are too big for one person or organization to solve alone, without broader support and resources.

Drug Abuse Prevention Initiatives
Working with multiple organizations, the Coalition for Drug Free Muskegon County has assisted the launch of multiple initiatives that address targeted substance abuse related challenges in Muskegon, including:

Evidence Based Substance Abuse Prevention

The Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County conducts local research and explores prevention opportunities. It conducted a data driven community planning process to address the issues of youth tobacco and alcohol abuse. And in 2010 the coalition began exploring the issues of prescription drug abuse and evidence based prevention opportunities for other drugs.

Specific Substance Abuse Reduction Goals

  • Increase data driven decision making for prevention programs and initiatives
  • Disseminate information to the community about prevention and substance abuse treatment efforts
  • Reduce alcohol related injuries and fatalities among youth and young adults in Muskegon
  • Reduce the negative impact of underage drinking on Muskegon County youth: academic, social, physical, and legal
  • By 2012, reduce the percentage of 12th graders that report binge drinking (5+ drinks)
  • By 2012, reduce the percentage of 10th grade smokers
  • Increasing the number of smoke-free work places

Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County Partners

  • Access Health
  • Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ)
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • City of Muskegon Police Department
  • HealthWest (Community Mental Health Services)
  • Hackley Community Care Center
  • Mercy Health
  • Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
  • Muskegon Community Coordinating Council
  • Muskegon County Courts
  • Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department
  • Muskegon Family Care
  • Muskegon Hosts Lions Club
  • Muskegon Public Schools
  • Muskegon Rescue Mission
  • Muskegon Township Police Department
  • Mona Shores Schools
  • Norton Shores Police Department
  • North Muskegon Police Department
  • Public Health Muskegon County
  • Public Protection
  • Pride Youth
  • Revel Marketing
  • Roosevelt Park Police Department
  • United Way of the Lakeshore
  • West MI Therapy

upcoming events

Jan 20, 2018

Men's Health Fair

The African American Men’s Health Fair
Offering Free Health Screenings at Muskegon Heights High School
Muskegon, MI- On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Health Project’s Community Outreach team …

Jan 30, 2018

Freedom from Smoking Cessation Classes

New year, new you! FREE Freedom from Smoking Cessation Classes are offered to educate and support those who are struggling to kick the habit. Learn how to …

Feb 1, 2018

Free Nurturing Parent Classes

Join us for this FREE 10-week series for parents! Classes will cover topics such as discipline, communication, child development and problem solving. This fun and informative class …

our services

The Health Project provides a number of direct services to eligible members of the community. These services include the following programs:

community spotlight

Meet Shelia Wilson

Educating providers and youth about sexual health in Muskegon County.

“We are lucky to have the low HIV rates that we do in Muskegon County; but the STI rates are very scary because HIV and other STI’s can go hand in hand”, stated Shelia Wilson, Nursing Supervisor at Public Health Muskegon County. Shelia oversees the STI and HIV Program at Public Health. Along with that, come many other responsibilities.

what’s happening


Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (DPATH) is a program developed by the University of Stanford, designed to help people who are affected by diabetes. The six-week course …


Health Project was awarded the Trinity Health Innovation Award at the Trinity Health Clinical Conference October 25th, for the Innovation pilot to integrate their IT system, ClarkeIS, …

World Aids Day

World Aids Day is a day to raise awareness and support those living with HIV. On December 1st, health organizations around the world show their support by …

staff highlight

Meet Emma Johnston

As a community health worker in direct service, Emma Johnston’s main concern is health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; but she also works with other DHS programs like food assistance and State Emergency Relief, utility bill assistance through True North and MOCAP, and any other kind of community referrals or aid possible.


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