Drug Free Communities

Chico Community Prevention Coalition: Uniting for a Healthier Community 

Formed in 2019, the Chico Community Prevention Coalition (CCPC) is a group of organizations and individuals who meet monthly to collaborate and support efforts to support our community best. Some of the specific focus areas are prevention and early intervention of youth substance use, substance use education to youth and youth-serving organizations, and community health.   

At the heart of our coalition is a profound commitment to serving our community’s needs, particularly in substance abuse prevention and early intervention. Established under the auspices of the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant, CCPC strategically bridges service gaps and fosters impactful alliances within our community. 

Our primary objectives revolve around ensuring that our youth and families have access to vital services, education, and substance use and prevention resources. Thanks to strong partnerships and efforts from Sector Representatives including Butte County Behavioral Health and Butte County Office of Education, over the years, CCPC has been a central force in driving through initiatives such as opioid education campaigns for high school students and youth-serving organizations, Responsible Beverage Service training for local businesses, and facilitating collaborative events and services that promote environmental prevention and protective factors for youth in Butte County.  

As we stride into 2024, the CCPC remains dedicated to nurturing these invaluable opportunities and bolstering our partners in a shared mission to uplift our community.  

Meet Our Dedicated Team: 

Marie Wallace – Project Coordinator 

Email: Mwallace@healthyrural.org 

As the newest addition to the Healthy Rural California team, Marie brings a wealth of experience and passion to her role as Project Coordinator for Drug-Free Communities and the Chico Community Prevention Coalition. A proud alumna of both Butte College and Chico State University, Marie’s commitment to community well-being is deeply rooted in her extensive background in mental health support and behavioral health services for at-risk youth. Beyond her professional pursuits, Marie enjoys exploring Bidwell Park, kayaking the Sacramento River, and spending time with her loved ones.  

Maya Teso – Project Coordinator Assistant 

Email: Mteso@healthyruralca.org 

With a bachelor’s degree from CSU Chico and a fervent dedication to public health, Maya embodies the spirit of service in her role as Project Coordinator Assistant. Drawing from her internship experience at Healthy Rural California, Maya is driven by a desire to promote health equity in rural communities. Now, as a vital Chico Community Prevention Coalition member, Maya channels her passion for public health into tangible action, empowering youth and fostering community resilience. Outside of work, Maya finds joy in staying active and connecting with nature. 

Annalise Dagenbach – CSU Chico Public Health Intern 

Email: Adagenbach@healthyruralca.org 

Hailing from Rocklin, California, Annalise is a rising star in the field of public health. Currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health at California State University, Chico, Annalise’s journey is guided by a commitment to rural community well-being. As an intern with Healthy Rural California, Annalise lends her expertise to the Chico Community Prevention Coalition, furthering her passion for public health advocacy. Outside of her academic pursuits, Annalise enjoys spending time with her feline companion, Simon, and embarking on new adventures with friends in the Chico area. 

Marie, Maya, Annalise, and the entire CCPC team are dedicated to forging a healthier, safer, and more resilient community for generations to come. 

We extend heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed partners and sector representatives for their unwavering support and collaboration to the CCPC mission.