Diverse community coalitions working together to promote effective substance abuse prevention through:
Formed through a partnership between Marshfield Clinic Health System and several community coalitions in 1995, Northwoods Coalition is the largest and oldest coalition dedicated to substance abuse prevention in Wisconsin. Representatives from coalitions in a 35-county region, including all 11 of Wisconsin Tribal Nations, serve on a non-governing advisory Northwoods Coalition Board of Directors to help shape policies, practices and programs which address public health issues arising from use of alcohol and other drugs. Marshfield Clinic Health System – Center for Community Health Advancement staff provide support including education, training, technical assistance and other resources to members of Northwoods Coalition.
Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps program has been in existence since 2000. Over the past 15 years, 623 members were placed with coalitions. The Tribal AmeriCorps Program (TAP), a partnership with the Tribal State Collaboration for Positive Change and Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc., has been in existence since 2009. To date, 42 members have been recruited by local Tribal coalitions. Members provided support for substance abuse prevention programs, practices and policy approaches.
Since 2007, through a contract with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Marshfield Clinic has served as a Regional Center for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY). The purpose of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth is to enhance and support the capacity of coalitions in substance abuse prevention and youth development. Over 100 Wisconsin coalitions are members of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth, including those belonging to Northwoods Coalition.