Community Health Programs

red, green, blue, yellow figures holding hands in a circle For more information on any of the Community Health Programs listed below, or if you would like to be a part of one of these opportunities, please contact Erika Van Dam, MPH, CHES, Family & Community Health Supervisor at e.vandam@nwhealth.org or (231) 347-5832.


Substance Abuse Prevention Program

The Health Department is funded by Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services (NMSAS) to lead initiatives and conduct programming to prevent substance abuse in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties. Below are the actions the Health Department is taking. If you have any questions, or would like to request one of the services listed below, please contact Erika Van Dam, MPH, CHES, Family & Community Health Supervisor at e.vandam@nwhealth.org or (231) 347-5832, or County-specific Community Health Coordinators listed below:

Amy Brown, Antrim and Charlevoix counties: a.brown@nwhealth.org, (231) 587-4370
Susan Pulaski, Emmet County: s.pulaski@nwhealth.org, (231) 347-5813

› Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Presentations offered to adult groups in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties. Contact us to schedule a presentation for your employees, community group, service organization, event or other!
› Technical assistance and support to increase the number/amount of prescription drugs collected at controlled substance disposal sites.
› Collaborate with local community members, school staff, and parents on local coalitions to make the community aware of the youth substance abuse issue, encourage youth to make safe choices, limit youth access to drugs and alcohol, and change community norms to work together to preventing substance abuse.
› Lead youth coalitions in local school districts to carry out projects that help to prevent substance abuse.
› Implement Project Alert and Project Northland in middle school classrooms to educate young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, motivate them to avoid using substances, and teach them the skills they need to understand and resist prodrug social influences.
› Implement the PRIME for Life program with adults and youth who need additional support for alcohol and drug prevention and intervention.
› Deliver Alcohol Retailer/Server Education training to alcohol retailer/server licensees to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking. Contact us to request a training for your store/employees.




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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education

The SNAP Education Program has a primary goal to provide nutrition education to people eligible for SNAP, or food assistance, to increase the likelihood that they will make healthy food choices within a limited budget. With this funding, the Health Department will deliver nutrition education reinforced by food demonstration and taste testing on-site at the Gaylord and Pellston Farmer's Markets twice per month during the 2013 season. The food demonstrations will utilize in-season fruits and vegetables available for purchase at the market.



Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School logo The Health Department is working with a number of schools to assist them in promoting Safe Routes to School and work toward increasing the number of students who actively commute to school. The Safe Routes to School program involves a comprehensive assessment process surveying students and parents and conducting an environmental audit of school property and transportation routes. An action plan to create a safe, walkable, bikable community is developed with each school district.



Policy & Systems Changes for Healthy Lifestyles in Northwest Michigan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, this project has four main evidence-based strategies:

1) Increase access to healthier food options by launching Double Up Food Bucks at farmer's markets and launching electronic benefit transfer (EBT) technology at additional farmer's markets;
2) Increase access to places where people can be physically active by facilitating Complete Streets resolutions;
3) Increase access to smoke-free environments by working with municipalities to establish Smoke-Free Parks and Beaches policies, and
4) Increase awareness and enrollment into PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) classes.

The Health Department will be working with a number of different communities in our health district.