Madison Chatham Coalition

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead


Prevent and reduce youth substance use and abuse in the community of MCC through collaboration, education and
community-wide change. The primary purpose of the Drug-Freee Communities (DFC) program is to strengthen collaboration among community entities and reduce substance use among youth.

The foundation for our youth’s future includes keeping them safe and healthy through childhood and teenage years, by providing them with the tools to navigate challenges as they enter adulthood.

1. Implement Environmental Strategies to produce community-wide change:

2. Focus on the 4 DFC Core Measures:
• This is based on the belief that substance abuse is a product of multiple environmental conditions and circumstances.
• 30-day use
• Perception of peer disapproval
• Perception of parental disapproval
• Perception of risk

3. Recruit coalition members from at least 12 sectors of the community:
• Youth
• Parent
• Religious
• Business
• Media
• School
• Law enforcement
• Civic/volunteer
• Healthcare professionals
• State, local, tribal
• Youth-serving
• Other

MCC Members join together to:
• Be a part of creating a positive environment for the children and youth in the community of MCC
• Keep the Community of MCC safe
• Advocate for the Madison/ Chatham’s Community and their children and youth
• Create a community-wide presence in the identification of problems and in designing solutions
• Collaborate with outside agencies and organizations
• Gain federal, state and county awareness
• Make policy

Allison R. Bardon, Coordinator
Madison/Chatham Coalition  
Contact: 973-822.9622x2265