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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

Dec 7, 2017

Medicare Enrollment Assistance Available

Enrollment is open from October 15-December 7. Paperwork can be difficult to navigate. We can assist you with applying for Medicare, state assistance programs, finding a doctor, …

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

community spotlight

Katie Jourdan

Meet Katie Jourdan

Promoting healthy behaviors among high school students in Oceana County.

Katie Jourdan is from Saranac, MI, a very small town east of Grand Rapids. After high school, Katie attended Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!) with only the knowledge that she wanted to help people in her future career. While trying to find her passion, she attended a general education class called Healthy Lifestyles and instantly fell in love with the field of health education.

what’s happening

Drug Free Communities of Muskegon County

Held their Strategic planning session to help identify substance abuse issues that face our youth.

The Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County is nearing the completion …

Charted Releases New Advance Care Directives Resources to the Community.

Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition is introducing a new advance directive and is increasing its effort to see more completed advance directives in our region. The new advance …

Health Project Announces Community Benefit Board Initiative Grantees

Funds support initiatives that address health needs identified in recent Community Health Needs Assessment

The Health Project’s Advisory Board of Directors announced their grantee recipients of the …

staff highlight

Kelli DeLong

Meet Kelli DeLong and Kharisma Kitchen

Improving Population Health in Muskegon County

When looking at examples of teamwork at the Health Project, most will tell you to check out the dynamic duo of Kelli DeLong and Kharisma Kitchen. Together, they facilitate and coordinate committees of the Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR).


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