Coalition for Healthy Communities

Our mission is to reduce substance abuse, especially among youth, by providing opportunities for increased collaboration, coordinated planning, and sharing of resources, thereby maximizing the quality and availability of services to the communities and residents of Middlesex County. We are comprised of a group of diverse individuals and organizations from your community.

Coalition for Healthy Communities

The Coalition for Healthy Communities, an initiative of the Wellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.), brings together professionals from multiple disciplines who have a passion for the prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse problems.
Monthly meetings provide an opportunity to network, plan collaborative events, share ideas and resources, and develop into a primary resource for the community. The meeting agenda is designed to provide the most time for sharing information. This has proven to be tremendously useful to the members, who have developed new partnerships and benefited from services that they did not know existed.
Every member of the Coalition can make a difference in the community.

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Task Forces
The Coalition for Healthy Communities functions efficiently within Middlesex County through the various goal-focused task forces, each addressing a particular priority area. Our Coalition is comprised of the following Task Forces: Marijuana Task Force, Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force,  Tobacco/Vaping Task Force and Underage Drinking Task Force.
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Members
Members of the Coalition for Healthy Communities represent a wide variety of sectors within the community, insuring that everyone’s voice is heard. Through the Coalition’s task forces, the membership works to build capacity within the community to reduce the impact that substance abuse has on our families and community members.
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STOP Grant
The Coalition for Healthy Communities will work to change the norms which support underage drinking through a multi-level project that includes encouraging full enforcement current Private Property Ordinances and implementation of new ordinances in non-compliant towns in Middlesex County through the targeted engagement of law enforcement and youth as part of the process.
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Events
Wellspring hosts events to support our programs throughout the year. Take a look at some of the successful events we have held in the past year: Prevention Education Summit, Marijuana Town Hall Meeting, Young Women’s Conference, 3D PSA Contest, Annual Recognition Event, Be Smart About Medicine, Sticker Shock, TIPs Training and Health Fairs/National Night Out.
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Be Smart About Medicine
The Coalition for Healthy Communities (CHC), collaborates with public and private middle schools in Middlesex County NJ, the Safe Kids/Middlesex County Injury Prevention Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and the Middlesex County Association of Student Assistance Professionals (ASAP) to develop a Be Smart About Medicine (BSAM) program.

Coalition Launches 911/Good Samaritan Campaign Throughout County

911/Good Samaritan laws are life-saving measures that enable people to make responsible decisions by shielding them from punishment when they call for medical help during an emergency relating to alcohol or other drugs overdose. Since the threat of punitive policies can often cause hesitation during confusing and stressful party situations, the existence of a 911/Good Samaritan Policy is essential to ensuring that people are able to stay alive and receive help when they are in trouble.

The Middlesex County Coalition for Healthy Communities (CHC) recently launched a new campaign designed to raise awareness among Middlesex County's youth about a potentially life-saving issue.

The 911/Good Samaritan laws in New Jersey encourages young people to call 911 for help, if they are witness to an alcohol or drug overdose situation.

These laws indicate that young people are exempt from prosecution if they call 911 for help, stay with the victim, and provide required information to the authorities responding to the incident. Unfortunately, this law will only save lives if young people know it exists.

The Coalition wants all youth to know that alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses are serious medical emergencies and should be treated as such. The campaign is designed to alert youth to the fact that when they observe a possible overdose is not the time to hesitate to call for help for fear of getting in trouble.

The '911 Good Samaritan' immunity policy, now passed in 30 states including New Jersey.

As part of this campaign to spread the word, the Coalition has produced: a poster, a flyer, and a "Save a Life" wallet card for students. Area schools have been contacted and school superintendents received (in addition to the items outlined above): an overview of the One Phone Call-One Life Saved Campaign, a fact Sheets on alcohol/drug overdose and bystander responsibilities, and some suggested in-school announcements. Administrators and educators are encouraged to post campaign materials inside County schools. Schools also have the option to provide educators with teacher in-service as a part of this campaign.

The Coalition has already provided 16,000 flyers and wallet cards to Rutgers University for distribution in dorms and to incoming freshman.

Schools interested in more information should contact Ellen Sbarro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 732-254-3344.

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