Coalition Corner

The landscape of vaping and youth by Grant Young

Vaping has become increasingly popular among school-aged children and teens in recent years. National data released in September by the FDA and the CDC showed that more than 2 million middle- and high-school students had tried vaping at least once in the previous 30 days. Of those users, nearly a quarter reported daily use of


Coalition plans Red Ribbon Week events by Natalie Kauffman

The Cambria County Drug Coalition is preparing to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31 each year. This is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible


Back to school with important life skills training by Aly Bender-Murgas

Teachers have their classrooms ready, and school administrators are preparing for what obstacles might come their way this year. Kids are saying goodbye to the last days of summer and parents are preparing mentally for another school year that may look a lot like the previous year. So many unknowns are still ahead, but one


It takes a village by Amy Bradley

As president and CEO of the Cambria Regional Chamber of Commerce, people new to the area occasionally ask me, “Is there a drug problem?” My answer is always the same. “Yes, like every other community in the country, we do have those battling substance use disorder. However, one thing we have that many communities do


Healthy and safe community by Bill Kurtycz

The Richland Family Health Center is a federally qualified health center under the umbrella of Hyndman Area Health Center Inc. Our mission is to promote health and wellness to our patient population by providing patient-centered care that promotes engagement between the patient and the provider, leading to positive health care outcomes. Read More...


Limiting harms of addictive behavior by: Dr. Jeanne Spencer

Most persons suffering from addiction are well aware that stopping the use of the addictive substance is in their best interest. Many have tried to quit before. Often multiple times. Something within either the person or their environment keeps them coming back to the addictive behavior. Efforts to stop the addictive behavior are very important

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