Tobacco Free Franklin

About This Grant:

Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN), serving Greater Franklin County (GFC), Maine. The mission of HCC is “to measurably improve the health and wellbeing of all people in Franklin County and neighboring towns using a coordinated approach of education, health promotion and outreach.” HCC has a long history of collaboration with numerous community leaders and organizations to identify and address current and emerging health issues. Its current focus is on nutrition, physical activity, cancer prevention, substance abuse, tobacco use, community building, school health and worksite wellness. In addition to efforts to impact environmental and policy change in the aforementioned priority areas, HCC compliments these efforts with direct service activities such as health screenings, education, and events to support healthy lifestyles that prevent disease and improve quality of life. 

Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) proposes to implement an innovative community-based approach to combating lung cancer through tobacco and other nicotine delivery systems prevention and cessation programming that will ultimately lead to social norm and behavior change throughout Greater Franklin County. This comprehensive tobacco control program will utilize evidence-based strategies in a variety of settings throughout the community to reach adults and youth. Strategies will be implemented through partnerships with area worksites, public and private organizations, medical practices, and the county’s only hospital in an effort to broaden the reach and impact of tobacco control interventions. Efforts will be coordinated to implement population-level interventions to reduce appeal and acceptability of tobacco and other nicotine delivery systems use, increase tobacco use cessation, reduce secondhand smoke exposure, and prevent initiation of tobacco use among young people. A special focus will be placed on targeting individuals age 26 and younger as 99% of tobacco users start use by the age of 26. This project will utilize the following evidence-based interventions recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force:

  1. Mass-reach health communication interventions
  2. Community-based and worksite-based incentives and competitions combined with smoking cessation groups, self-help cessation materials, telephone cessation support, mobile phone-based interventions, and social support networks
  3. Surveillance

MAINE CANCER FOUNDATION GRANTS TO THIS ORGANIZATION:

Year Grant Title Category Amount Grant Recipient
2017 General Operating Support Colorectal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Patient Navigation, Patient Support, Prevention, Screening, Tobacco $50,000 Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County
2017 One-by-One, CRC Screening and Navigation Project Colorectal Cancer, Patient Navigation, Patient Support, Screening $99,832 Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County
2015 Conquering Cancer in Franklin County Lung Cancer, Prevention, Screening $6,500 Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County
2015 Franklin's Navigator Program for Colorectal Cancer Screening Access to Care, Colorectal Cancer, Patient Navigation, Patient Support $164,000 Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County
2015 Tobacco Free Franklin Prevention, Tobacco $199,976 Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County