The Coalition for a Healthy Middletown was founded in 2008 as a response to a town hall meeting on underage drinking. Since then, the coalition has been active in Middletown by promoting the importance of substance abuse prevention.
The coalition is funded through a Drug Free Communities grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Fiscal agent for the Coalition is the Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio.
Risk and protective factors can affect children at different stages of their lives. At each stage, risks occur that can be changed through prevention and intervention. Early childhood risks, such as aggressive behavior, can be changed or prevented with family, school, and community interventions that focus on helping children develop appropriate, positive behaviors.
If not addressed, negative behaviors can lead to more risks, such as academic failure and social difficulties, which put children at further risk for later drug abuse.
To become personally engaged with your coalition and learn more about how to help make Middletown a healthier place to live work and play, please fill out the form below.
Just as we child-proof the environment when toddlers begin to explore, we need to “teen-proof” our community as well. What does this mean? As our children grow, it is their natural instinct to explore and expand their boundaries, especially as teenagers. We as a community need to work together to make sure they remain healthy and safe in their journey to adulthood.
Our coalition is dedicated to support and encourage our youth to remain alcohol and drug free through environmental prevention strategies. By working with the various sectors in our community to limit access to alcohol and drugs, reduce exposure to messages/signs of use in the community and increase consequences for underage drinking and substance abuse, we will help them make healthier choices and ultimately, reduce alcohol and substance abuse in our community.
To become personally engaged with your coalition and learn more about how to help make Middletown a healthier place to live, work and play, fill out the form below!
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