Healthy Communities Alliance

Who We Are

We are a group of people living and/or working in Randolph or Washington County, IL. Our group consists of health care workers, people with lived experience, educators, law enforcement officers, parents, youth, business owners, service organization members, faith based leaders, volunteers, government employees and other concerned individuals.

Our Mission

Increase awareness and education to enhance physical and mental well-being through community partnerships. The principal mission is the reduction of substance use, with a primary focus on reducing youth substance use.

Our Vision

Create a healthy environment where our community can thrive and flourish.
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WHAT WE DO

  • Provide accurate information
  • Enhance skills of students, parents and other key community impactors
  • Provide support to youth and people who would benefit from recovery
  • Enhance Access/Reducing Barriers and promote Recovery efforts to improve systems increasing the ease, ability and opportunity to utilize recovery and participate in counseling services
  • Changing consequences (Incentives/Disincentives) – address teens perception that it is easy for them to get alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • Physical Design relevant to acceptance of teen alcohol and drug use
  • Modifying/Changing Policies impacting access and perceptions about drugs

Opportunities to Participate

  • Supporting community events such as information fairs and programs
  • Advising the coalition regarding plans and strategy
  • Recruiting and engaging other people and organizations

PREVENTION

The Alliance promotes healthy choices by offering education and/or training and by reducing unhealthy exposures. Local people select and implement research-based prevention strategies such as communications campaigns, school-based prevention curriculum and engaging youth. We further aim to eliminate racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities that contribute to poor health.

SUPPORT

The Alliance strives to improve and increase access to quality care to meet the needs of our communities. This includes sharing resources in order to address the complex and interconnected set of circumstances that may contribute to a person’s well-being.

RECOVERY

The Alliance builds its capacity for responsive and respectful recovery systems of care to foster improved health and wellness for community members. We focus on encouragement, sharing best practices and creating new hope where hope was lost.

Healthy Communities Alliance Leadership

Dennis Trask

Youth Prevention Coordinator

(618) 954-0552
dtrask@comwell.us

Sandy Prange

Value Based Care Coordinator

(618) 282-6230
sprange@comwell.us

John Reith

ROSC Coordinator

(618) 491-9592
jreith@comwell.us