Coalition Capacity Building
The MPNN CSB Prevention, Health and Wellness Division in partnership with the Coalition for Healthy Virginia Communities (CHVC) promote health and well-being throughout the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Region.
The primary goal of prevention coalition capacity building is to engage people to become involved in making their communities and neighborhoods healthier, safer, and more positive places to live, work and play.
The Coalition for Healthy Virginia Communities (CHVC)
This regional, community-based coalition proactively and collaboratively addresses problems facing youth in their communities. The mission of CHVC is to promote positive youth development by strengthening community efforts to address risk factors and promote protective factors with the ultimate goal of preventing and reducing substance use, abuse and misuse, violence, child abuse, school failure, juvenile delinquency, and suicide.
Community Coalition Task Forces
Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Regional Suicide Prevention Task Force
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the third leading cause of death in 15 to 24 year olds. The Coalition for Healthy Virginia Communities, in partnership with local citizens, businesses and organizations, join together to educate the public about mental health issues, promote healthy living and well-being, as well as to bring prevention and awareness about this preventable cause of death-Suicide. We sponsor an annual Walk for a New Day: Suicide Prevention Walk to increase community awareness that suicide is highly preventable. It is held on the Saturday of Veterans Day weekend.
Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Regional Opioid/Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention Task Force
The Coalition for Healthy Virginia Communities, in partnership with local citizens, businesses and organizations, join together to educate and promote awareness about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs/opioids throughout the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Region.
We sponsor Town Hall Meetings and have developed an extensive multi-county media campaign entitled, “Speak with Your Children about the Dangers of Opioid Misuse”. This message is on multiple billboards and buses throughout the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Region. We distribute drug deactivation packets and medication lock boxes at community events to help promote the safe disposal and storage of prescription medication. Eighty percent (80%) of heroin users started by misusing prescription medications.