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The BAHCC is proud to announce the launch of our inaugural quarterly coalition newsletter. This edition includes articles about the coalition's history and goals, the RCHS RAD youth group, youth substance use & risky behaviors, and more!

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Published by admin on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 7:08pm
Credit to Free Press Newspapers
By: Marney Simon

It’s been 16 years since Exelon’s Braidwood Station first took a Saturday on the lake and turned it into a charity event.

On June 3, representatives from the plant hosted dozens of anglers to again raise funds, this time benefiting a cause that is essential to Braidwood

Published by admin on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:12pm
Credit to Free Press Newspapers
By: Staff

The Braidwood Police Department and the Braidwood Area Healthy Communities Coalition (BAHCC) are teaming up for a drug-takeback event later this month.

BRAIDWOOD – Reed-Custer Unit School District 255 is tackling the problem of drug addiction early on – by teaching fifth-graders how to make and think about their choices.

Educators at District 255 are not alone in their efforts to prevent drug abuse among youths in Will County, which has seen record high levels of heroin-related deaths in recent years.

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Mayor Jim Vehrs and Police Chief Nick Ficarello "play along" in a game to increase awareness and understanding of strategies for substance abuse prevention at todays Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition meeting.

News courtesy of the Braidwood Journal

Experiences in childhood can impact long-term health, wellness.


With a record-breaking year for drug deaths in the country, and more than 10 people already placed into treatment for opiate addiction with the help of the Braidwood police department, Braidwood continues to be a city in crisis.

But members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Communities Coalition (BAHCC) are looking at the problem from more than one angle. The month, members began to tackle understanding how adverse childhood experiences - ACEs - can affect the health and well-being of those in Braidwood.

REED-CUSTER HIGH SCHOOL students Billy Barrow and Myrila Avitt explain to the members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Communities Coalition some of the lessons they learned at a special teen summit at Illinois State University this year, where the pair discussed strategies to deal with substance abuse and bullying with other teens from around the state.

RCHS students learn prevention strategies for drug abuse, bullying.

Students at Reed-Custer High School are taking the initiative to fight bad influences.

RCHS students Billy Barrow and Myrila Avitt were two of hundreds of teens from around the state in attendance at a two-day CGTI summit at Illinois State University last month.

BAHCC chosen as 2017 Exelon charity recipient

Staff report

When an angler competes in this year’s Exelon Generation “Fishing for a Cure” bass fishing tournament, he or she might just save a life.

Exelon’s Braidwood Station will host its 16th annual fishing tournament this spring, with the theme “Cast a line, save a life.” This year, proceeds of the event will stay in Braidwood, benefiting the Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition (BAHCC).

The community has really come together under this coalition to take action,” said Pete Dell’Aquila, project coordinator for BAHCC. “We are grateful to Exelon Generation for the support it is providing through ‘Fishing for a Cure.’ The resources will allow us, quite literally, to save lives in our community.”

Marney Simon
Staff writer

Two years ago, a handful of community members got together with a vision of a healthier Braidwood. Today, the Braidwood Area Healthy Communities Coalition (BAHCC) remains small, but active in the community and looking to grow.Members of the BAHCC met on Tuesday, Sept. 7 to discuss a busy fall schedule working with the Reed-Custer School District. The coalition will take part in the Reed-Custer High School open house tonight (Wednesday). One of the main programs the coalition will focus on again will be additions to the Safe Homes directory.

Community forum set for end of the month.

Marney Simon
Staff writer

Braidwood teens know their way around.

That's one of several messages included in the results of the most recent Illinois Youth Survey, conducted in the Reed-Custer School District in October and November 2010.

Now, members of the Braidwood Area Healthy Communities Coalition (BAHCC) are hoping that parents and community members will stand up and take notice of what the kids in town doing.