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Staff Highlight

Meet Rachel McCoy

Collaborating with the Drug Free Muskegon coalition to reduce substance abuse.

Rachel McCoy is the Community Health Improvement Coordinator facilitating several of the Health Project’s collaboratives, including Upfront and the multiple groups of the award winning Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon, which consists of Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP), Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative (Muskegon ALI), Alliance for Marijuana Prevention (AMP), and Knowsmoke Tobacco Reduction Coalition.

Working with as many as nine different coalitions makes for an interesting week for Rachel, and every day is different.   In addition to facilitating meetings, she works with  team leaders on implementing strategies, such as education and awareness efforts, community events and communications.     She is an expert in social media and communications and has successfully lead several news media initiatives with her teams.

“Stevi and Laura pretty much picked me off from the street,” stated Rachel. “I was interning at WOODTV8 at the time, and we were chosen to go to Muskegon to create a story about the neighbor-hood canvassing efforts the Health Project was doing for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.”

Hired as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, Rachel continued to help part time with media work while she finished her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a Minor in Public Relations/Advertising from Grand Valley State University.

Rachel’s start in communications and media was with Cumulus Media in Grand Rapids where she hosted her own radio show, along with other duties.  She also interned for 1053 HOTFM, Thunder 94.5, WOODTV8, Meijer Inc., and the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce; also receiving her Associate in Applied Science Degree and Performing Arts from Muskegon Community College in 2012. In her spare time, Rachel likes to travel and work out—both at the gym and in classes.

upcoming events

Oct 3, 2017

Shattering The Myths - Drugs Impacting Muskegon County

This forum will feature individuals discussing the negative effects of drug use and the risk of addiction.

Students from all over Muskegon County will be watching live …

Oct 14, 2017

2017 KnowSmoke Zombie Walk

Calling All Zombies!

Being a zombie is cool. Being a tobacco zombie isn’t. Join the Knowsmoke Zombie Walk and declare yourself part of the smoke free generation …

Oct 18, 2017

Strategies for Identifying and Serving Clients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a non-diagnostic umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. …

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 Aimee Taylor

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist for Mercy Health McClees Clinic

Aimee took interest in the McClees Clinic in 2015 after catching wind of a new position close to her heart. Mercy Health is one of fifteen AIDS Service Organizations that receives funding through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to offer a Tobacco Reduction Program for people living with HIV.

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

Meet Rachel McCoy

Collaborating with the Drug Free Muskegon coalition to reduce substance abuse.

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