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HCI has been awarded a $125,000 grant from Drug Free Communities for 2014-2015

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

$125,000 Grant Awarded to Healthy Communities Initiative

Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) is pleased to tell it has been awarded a $125,000 grant from Drug Free Communities for 2014-2015.  This is the fourth year that HCI has received the DFC grant for a total to date of $500,000. Also, HCI has obtained over $125,000 of non-governmental match of in-kind services for each of the prior years under the DFC Grant.

HCI is a substance abuse prevention coalition that was formed in 2003 by a small group of interested stakeholders.  Since then, HCI has grown from a small, informal group to a full-functioning coalition.   Today there is a Project Coordinator, Director and Board of Directors.  The Board is made up of people from twelve areas: youth, parents, business, media, schools, police, religious or fraternal organizations, civic or volunteer groups, minorities, healthcare experts, state, local or tribal government agencies and other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse.

HCI serves the counties of Burt, Cuming, Stanton and Madison which consists of 2,020 square miles and a population of about 57,000. 

HCI’s focus is on substance abuse prevention among youth and growing community partnerships to help bring our prevention message to all people in our service area. HCI’s activities include:

  • Substance abuse prevention education in 12 area schools

  • Outreach and marketing programs

  • Responsible Beverage Server Training with TIPS

  • Prescription drug take-back events

  • Compliance and sobriety checks with the Nebraska State Patrol, and

  • Fatal Vision Google presentations.

HCI welcomes people and businesses to give input towards reducing a major growing problem in our area. Trainings, taking part in activities, and “speaking up” for your community is just a small part of what HCI has to offer!

If you are interested in learning more about HCI or going to a meeting, please visit the website at or call 402-529-2233.

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