News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 13, 2014
Denise Black joins Healthy Acadia

Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties, has welcomed Denise Black to the staff as Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator, according to a news release.

Black is responsible for coordinating Healthy Acadia’s Drug Free Communities grant, an initiative that empowers community participation to support and engage youth and prevent substance abuse across Hancock County. In this role, she will provide project planning, implementation and program evaluation. She will build and sustain community partnerships with various entities, including healthcare providers, social service agencies, law enforcement, civic, youth and religious organizations, businesses, schools, parents and individuals. She will work with partners to mobilize collective action resulting in policy and environmental supports that foster youth leadership and resiliency, while working to prevent and reduce substance abuse.

Black recently served as the Director for the Blue Hill-based Healthy Peninsula program. She also has been active in the Healthy Acadia Coalition, serving on the coalition’s Advisory Council.

A Hancock County Drug Free Communities Coalition meeting is scheduled on Monday, March 31, at the Ellsworth City Hall auditorium. For information or to get involved, contact Black at 667-7171 or