Coalitions in Action – Healthy Campus and Community Coalition Finds Achievable Goals During the Pandemic

students on campus(CADCA) “Geneseo is a town of about 10,500, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, about 30 miles south of Rochester,” said the coalition’s Prevention Specialist Robert Levy. “The town and surrounding area are quite rural. Students come from throughout New York state, the majority from the New York metropolitan area.”

“The Healthy Campus and Community Coalition (HC3) was founded in 2003 as a partnership between the State University of New York College at Geneseo and the village of Geneseo, composed of students, community members and other stakeholders,” said Levy. “Our purpose is to collaboratively mitigate the risks of alcohol and other drug consumption, creating a respectful and inclusive community and promoting individual well-being. In 2017 we received a five-year state Environmental Prevention grant, which enabled us to hire a community-college substance misuse prevention coordinator and fund various campus and community initiatives.”

“Aside from taking a short break to allow people to adjust to working at home, full-time parenting and other changes, we’ve resumed our meetings by Zoom,” said Levy. “Initially, we just checked in to see how everyone is doing. Then, as much as possible, we’ve begun meeting in sub-groups to work on projects.” Read more.