Chestnut Health Systems’ prevention programs provide community education and training on teen substance use and pregnancy prevention to all age groups. Whether you are a student, parent, educator, health professional, civic leader, business person, or concerned citizen, you can play a role in prevention.
Grundy and Will Counties
In the Joliet area, Chestnut provides evidence-based youth prevention education in schools and helps coalitions to create healthy, drug-free communities through the Strategic Prevention Framework. The primary funder is the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Youth Prevention Education
Guiding Good Choices
Guiding Good Choices is a research-based drug prevention program that provides parents of children ages 9 to 14 with the knowledge they need to guide their children through early adolescence. A bilingual Chestnut staff member delivers this program in Spanish to parents at Sator Sanchez Elementary School in Joliet.
Project TND (Toward No Drug Abuse)
Project TND is a drug use prevention program for high school youth and is designed to help students develop skills such as self-control, communications, and decision-making. A bilingual Chestnut staff member delivers this program in Spanish to students at Joliet Township High School, Central Campus.
Too Good For Drugs
Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) is a school-based prevention program for kindergarten through 12th grade that builds on students' resiliency by teaching them how to be socially competent and autonomous problem solvers. Chestnut staff members deliver the TGFC curriculum to Joliet School District 86 students at A.O. Marshall Elementary School (5th grade), Gompers Junior High School (6th and 7th grade), Sator Sanchez Elementary School (5th grade), and Isaac Singleton Elementary School (5th grade).
Behavioral Health Alliance of Grundy County (BHA)
The BHA was formed in 2009 to address the behavioral health needs of communities in Grundy County by collaborating, educating, and advocating or community change. Underage drinking prevention is among the key issues being addressed by the coalition.
Braidwood Area Healthy Communities Coalition (BAHCC)
The BAHCC was organized to focus on youth issues such as underage drinking and substance abuse in the communities of Braidwood, Peotone, and Wilmington. The group’s mission is to create for everyone an environment free of alcohol and other drug problems.
Hispanic Latino Coalition (HLC)
Since November of 2001, HLC members have met to promote leadership and to encourage individuals and agencies to work together to make life better for the Hispanic/Latino community in Will County. In addition to encouraging educational attainment and providing scholarships to promising Hispanic-Latino students, the coalition is active in promoting healthy behaviors among youth.
Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community (WCHC)
Since 2006, members of the WCHC have been working to build a strong and healthy, substance-free community that positively supports the economic, social, spiritual and physical well-being of Wilmington’s children, youth and adults. The Coalition has been implementing a federal Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grant since 2010.
For more information, please contact Tim Cramer, Prevention Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Logan and Mason Counties
Through funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Chestnut helps coalitions in the strategic prevention framework, youth prevention education classes, a parent-focused alcohol prevention campaign, and prescription drug disposal.
A parent-focused prevention communication campaign is currently being implemented in all junior high and high schools within Logan and Mason counties. A state-created campaign, materials are shared to encourage parents to set clear rules and communicate about alcohol and drug use with their children.
Guard & Discard Campaign
The Guard and Discard media campaign is designed to raise public awareness of the importance of safe use, safe storage and safe disposal of prescription painkillers in preventing opioid misuse. Messages for this campaign are posted throughout the counties.
Havana Area Prevention Team
The Havana Area Prevention Team is a long-established coalition with the focus on promoting comprehensive community-wide prevention efforts and empowering youth and families to develop and lead healthy lifestyles. The group is made up of several community sectors who are working on currently addressing the issues of underage drinking in the Havana community.
Citizens for Positive Adolescent Choices (CPAC)
CPAC is a coalition of parents, educators, and community leaders from within the multiple communities that form the Illini Central School District #189. The goal of the group is to promote, model, and teach positive life choices for students within the Illini Central School District.
ALMH Community Health Collaborative
Supported by the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Community Health Collaborative connects over 50 organizations in support of Logan County and its residents. The collaborative strives to create the healthiest community in America.
For more information, please contact Nadia Klekamp, Prevention Communications Specialist at: email@example.com.
Madison and St. Clair Counties
Chestnut focuses on developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to help people live healthier lifestyles. Education and training address alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, electronic (vaping) devices, over-the-counter and prescription medications, and other drugs; teen pregnancy; HIV/STDs; and opioid harm reduction.
With its partners, Chestnut offers community needs assessments, data summaries, youth prevention education in schools, communication campaigns, youth advisory committees, publications, trainings, grant writing, and resource development.
For more information, please contact Donna Nahlik, Director of Prevention Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This coalition focuses on reducing underage substance use and related harms among high school students in the Bloomington-Normal area. In partnership with the five area high schools, BN Parents has been delivering information to parents since 2012 and to teens since 2017.
Websites: bnparents.org alwaysunstoppable.org
BNCCC was formed in 2005 to address the misuse of alcohol by college students in Bloomington-Normal. Its mission now extends to local pre-teens, teens and college students.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Hamilton, Community Project Coordinator at email@example.com.