NEWAHEC has had representation on the Healthiest Manitowoc County (HMC) steering committee since its inception in 2004. In 2006 NEWAHEC wrote a HRSA grant to provide resources and staff to implement some of the strategies identified by the HMC steering committee to help improve the health of Manitowoc County residents. It was through these efforts that NEWAHEC began to recognize their ability to support prevention efforts in the community and the state.

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Since the HRSA grant, NEWAHEC has become the fiscal agent and provided space for staff for additional prevention programs.

Healthiest Manitowoc County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

NEWAHEC assisted with writing and receiving a SAMHSA Drug Free Communities Grant in 2009 which provided a $625,000, 5-year grant to prevent drug use among youth. In 2014 the grant was not renewed, but then in 2015 NEWAHEC was once again awarded a $625,000, 5-year Drug Free Communities Grant.

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Alliance for Wisconsin Youth:

In 2008, NEWAHEC was awarded a Wisconsin Department of Health Services contract to be the Northeast Regional Center for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY) and in 2015 NEWAHEC was also awarded the contract to be the Southern Regional Center. AWY brings together coalitions, individuals and resources for a common goal that affects young people through the promotion of positive youth development. This goal of preventing substance abuse and behavioral health concerns is supported by over 90 AWY coalition’s members with the mission and focus to enhance and support those Alliance coalitions in their prevention efforts and youth development work.

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Lakeshore Community Health Care:

As part of a HRSA grant that NEWAHEC received in 2006, one piece of the grant was to provide a mobile-dental clinic in the schools in Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Once the grant ended plans had to be made to sustain the program. By then the dental team was already providing services for pregnant women and uninsured adults. By bringing all operations of the dental program in-house the program expanded to stationary dental clinic for underinsured adults. The Manitowoc County program guided Sheboygan in developing a dental program as well. Recognizing the need for further financial support, NEWAHEC Executive Director in partnership with United Way (of Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties) helped write an application for Sheboygan to receive accreditation and funding to begin a Federally Qualified Health Care Center (FQHC) in 2012. Then in 2014 NEWAHEC Executive Director and FQHC administration received approval to have the Manitowoc clinic become a satellite office. Lakeshore Community Health Care is now a 15 million dollar organization serving over 12,000 people in Sheboygan and Manitowoc through dental, medical and behavioral health services.

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