A community that is free from medication and other substance misuse, abuse, and its effects.
The prevention of medication and other substance misuse, overdose, and deaths through community collaboration, education, detection, and safety.
Healthy Guilford is a community-driven collaborative committed to building safe, healthy, and drug-free communities. The coalition was formed through a 75-person community task force of service providers, law enforcement, educators, and community residents to address the increase in prescription medication abuse and respond to the epidemic of heroin overdoses.
With a community-oriented focus on wellness, Healthy Guilford empowers families, schools, faith-based organizations, medical personnel, service providers and community leaders with the information and the tools needed to make a difference. Substance misuse and abuse resources are shared through events, education, media campaigns, and advocacy.
Purpose: To identify and implement strategies that engage youth in primary prevention efforts.
Family and Friends
Purpose: To provide means for family and friends impacted by addiction to get involved in increasing the community’s awareness of addiction and its impact on loved one, reduce stigma, create opportunities to share experiences, and link others to resources.
Purpose: To identify local and state legislative issues relevant to Healthy Guilford’s mission. This group will engage in activities to increase awareness of elected officials on key issues and garner support to address issues.
Purpose: To increase awareness regarding key substance use issues through planning and implementing presentations, workshops, trainings, and forums to the general population.
Purpose: To identify, create and disseminate community-wide prevention messages to increase awareness through print, radio, TV, social media, etc.
Purpose: To convene prevention and treatment providers to reduce duplication of services and close service gaps.
Coalition Meetings are held quarterly at 9 A.M. Workgroup meetings are held as needed.
Healthy Guilford Coalition seeks diverse community members to join its efforts in making a difference. We need: youth, parents, businesses, civic organizations, healthcare, law enforcement, media, faith organizations, schools, youth serving organizations, local government, and others invested in our mission.
For more information about Healthy Guilford Coalition, please contact:
Calandra Lewis –
Healthy Guilford Youth Leaders consist of high school students sharing knowledge about alcohol, tobacco and other substances with their peers and community.
The goal of the Healthy Guilford Youth Leadership Initiative is to train positive teen leaders to raise awareness about the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco and other substances in the community.
Selected students receive on-going training and practice in leadership and communication skills. Teen leaders also participate in an array of advocacy, recreational activities, service-learning projects; and receive prizes and other incentives throughout the year.