Regional Partners

Community Coalitions

What are Community Coalitions?

Community coalitions are comprised of parents, youth, teachers, law enforcement, businesses, religious leaders, local government, health providers and other community activists who are mobilizing at the local level to make their communities safer, healthier and drug-free. Coalition members all work together to promote the health, well-being, learning, and empowerment of everyone in the community.  Family and community involvements foster partnerships among schools, family and community groups, and individuals. These partnerships result in sharing and maximizing resources and ideas. And they help children and youth develop healthy behaviors and promote healthy families.

How do Coalitions Make a Difference in Communities?

Coalition building is a smart strategy that promotes coordination and collaboration and makes efficient use of limited community resources. By connecting multiple sectors of the community in a comprehensive approach, community coalitions are achieving real outcomes.

Get Involved and Empower Your Community to Live a Healthy Lifestyle!

Wise County & City of Norton

Scott County

Lee County

Healthier Communities Coalition of Southwest VA

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Live Healthy in Scott County, Virginia!

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Health Coalition of Lee County, Virginia-


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LENOWISCO Suicide Prevention Coalition Started by Bill and Phyllis Russell of Lee County after their son died by suicide.  This group works to tear down the stigma and barriers related to depression and suicide through education and awareness.  Serving the communities of Lee, Scott, and Wise Counties and the City of Norton.  More Information:
Concerned About Our Community Coalition (CAOC) The Concerned About Our Community Coalition (CAOC) is a regional prevention planning coalition that serves the counties of Lee, Scott, and Wise along with the City of Norton.  Meetings are held every other month at Frontier Health in Big Stone Gap, VA.  More Information:  Visit the CAOC Facebook.

Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition for Prevention and Treatment (ASAC-PT)

Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition for Prevention and Treatment (ASAC-PT) is a regional coalition addressing the substance abuse epidemic in southwest Virginia.  The coalition serves 8 counties: Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise along with the Cities of Bristol and Norton. For more information:  Visit the ASAC Facebook.

One Care of Southwest Virginia

One Care of SWVA serves as a consortium of 16 substance abuse coalitions working throughout the 21 counties and cities in the region.  The 25 member Board of Directors includes representatives from community service boards, faith based organizations, social services and the health care, higher education, law enforcement and recovery communities. Outreach to business and industry and senior services organization sectors is ongoing. The One Care of SWVA Board operates collaboratively and has is committed to undertaking a broad based strategic planning initiative – a Blueprint for the control and mitigation of substance abuse and misuse in southwest Virginia facilitated by the Healthy Appalachia Institute and with the encouragement of the Southwest Virginia Health Authority, regional partners and elected officials.  For more information: 276-971-6097  Visit the One Care of Southwest Virginia Facebook

Partnerships & Local Resources

Want to be on this list?  Find out how you can get involved and make a difference in your community by joining one of the coalitions listed above!

Appalachian Community Action Appalachian Community Action & Development Agency, Inc., (AppCAA) offers over twenty programs focused on the areas of  business and economic development, children’s programs, housing and community solutions, volunteer programs and emergency services. Each program fits into a web of services made to help individuals and families at every stage of life, from locating the best child care center and promoting early childhood literacy in our Hungry for Reading program to assisting our elderly neighbors so they can age gracefully in place.
Bristol Crisis Center Inc. The Crisis Center in Bristol, Virginia is a non-profit agency.  Since we began in 1973, our agency has grown to include trained crisis workers who provide resources for clients dealing with a variety of issues, including: Sexual assault, Domestic violence, Stalking, Abuse, Neglect, Suicide, And much more.
City of Norton, Virginia The City of Norton is blessed to be located in an area lush with natural beauty. As a resident or visitor to the region, Norton’s convenient location and amenities (hotels, motels, restaurants, and shopping) provide a perfect location base to enjoy all that our region has to offer.
City of Norton Public Schools Norton City Schools is comprised of two schools, both of which are continuously updated.  Both schools are air conditioned, have state of the art computer labs and offer wide curricula for all learners.  Both schools are accredited by AdvancED, and both schools have earned full state accreditation status by passing the Virginia Standards of Learning tests (SOL’s).
Family Crisis Support Services, Inc. Providing services for individuals who are homeless, and victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. In conjunction with these services we operate three local thrift stores, which are able to assist individuals and families through our voucher program.
Frontier Health Outpatient services for adults, children, adolescents and family involve therapists assisting people with mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring problems, including depression, anxiety, mood and thought disorders through individual, group and family sessions.
The Health Wagon The Health Wagon serves individuals and families with free, integrated health care that is culturally sensitive. We provide primary and preventive care, dental, behavioral health, telehealth, and specialty care. In addition to our routine services, we provide the region with strategically coordinated outreach efforts.
His Ministries His Ministries provides Substance Abuse Counseling, Prevention Programs and Referral Services for the prevention and intervention of substance abuse. We are located in the beautiful mountain town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Hope House of Scott County Hope House of Scott County provides emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness.  We are a 22 bed facility and serve individuals from Scott, Lee, Wise, Dickenson, Russel and Buchanan counties as well as the City of Norton.
Lee County, Virginia The southwestern-most County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, bordered on the south by Tennessee and on the north and west by Kentucky, Lee County has three incorporated towns: Pennington Gap, St. Charles and the County seat of Jonesville.
Lee County Virginia Public Schools The Lee County Public School System is committed to the highest academic standards. Inspired by the motto, Committed to Excellence, our mission continues to focus on students by providing the highest standard of education to students of all ability levels. We strive to prepare students to be responsible citizens who are prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.
Lonesome Pine Office on Youth We are a private, non-profit agency dedicated to delinquency prevention and youth development programs as a process of community development.  Our services include planning and coordination of youth programs in the areas of juvenile delinquency, education, recreation, employment, health, and community development.
Mountain Empire Community College Mountain Empire Community College is a two-year college located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and is one of the 23 schools in the Virginia Community College System. The college serves residents of Dickenson, Lee, Scott, and Wise counties, as well as the City of Norton.
Mountain States Health Alliance Medical experts you can trust. World-class facilities and the latest technologies close to your home.  Experienced doctors and staff who care and understand the needs of the communities we serve throughout 29 counties in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. Mountain States delivers all that and more as we continually strive to bring comfort, convenience, respect and the best possible health care to you and those you love.
Norton Community Hospital Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Virginia, is a not-for-profit, 129-bed, acute-care facility serving Southwest Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky since 1949.  Norton Community offers a full array of primary care and specialty services as well as several amenities that make us the hospital of choice for residents in our area. Our team approach to health care reflects our commitment to keeping our patients at the center of everything we do.
Pathways Pathways offers a full spectrum of social service and behavioral health solutions, including Youth & Family Services, Adult Services, and Prevention Services. Within each area, clients have access to a broad range of social and behavioral services to meet their needs.
Remote Area Medical (RAM) of Virginia Virginia lies in the heart of the most economically distressed region of the United States. RAM’s yearly event in Wise, Virginia sees thousands of local citizens who rely on the no-cost clinic for all of the health care needs.
Scott County, Virginia Scott County is a “natural” for music lovers, history buffs, nature enthusiasts, and vacationers of all types! In a day of high tech, fast living and perpetual commitments, this land is a respite for the natural soul.
Scott County Virginia Public Schools Scott County Public School Division enables, inspires, and empowers students to achieve high academic standards, lead ethical lives, and become responsible citizens.  Through a sustained commitment to education, Scott County Public School Division aspires to establish a community of respectful, cooperative, and compassionate learners.
Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps The Medical Reserve Corps serves citizens in the LENOWISCO, Cumberland Plateau, and Mount Rogers Health Districts and is housed in the Virginia Department of Health. This region covers 13 counties and 3 cities in far southwestern Virginia. We currently have over 800 trained and deployable volunteers and are actively seeking new volunteers. Membership includes both medically-trained and non-medically trained volunteers.
Southwest Virginia Regional Cancer Center At the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center, we believe in caring for all your needs as you battle cancer. Our facility features the best and latest treatment options, easy access to board-certified oncology specialists and compassionate hands-on care from skilled healthcare professionals. Patients experience a level of comfort and care previously unrealized.
University of Virginia’s College at Wise The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the lush mountains of Southwest Virginia. As a COPLAC member institution, UVa-Wise is nationally-accredited and has been nationally-ranked among top public liberal art colleges in the U.S.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Virginia Cooperative Extension puts university knowledge into the hands of people. We are credible experts and educators who provide information, education, and tools that you can use every day to improve your life.  Visit one of our 107 local offices, explore our website, read a publication, attend a program, or join a 4-H club -— just a few of the many ways you can tap into our knowledge and use it to make a difference in your life.
Virginia Department of Social Services VDSS is one of the largest Commonwealth agencies, partnering with 120 local departments of social services, along with faith-based and non-profit organizations, to promote the well-being of children and families statewide. Wise: (276)328-8056 | Norton: (276)679-2701 | Scott: (276)386-3631 | Lee: (276)346-1010
Wellmont Health System Wellmont Health System is a leading healthcare provider in the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Formed in 1996 with the merger of Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., and Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn., Wellmont is a not-for-profit, integrated health system
Wise County, Virginia Wise County, nestled in the Southwestern Virginia Mountain range, was chartered in 1856 and named after then governor Henry A. Wise.  Wise County is the cultural crossroads of the Virginia Coalfields. There are festivals, music events and a wide range of outdoor and adventure based recreational activities that provide something interesting, and fun, for just about everyone.
Wise County Virginia Public Schools The Wise County School Division is comprised of six elementary/primary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, an alternative school, and a career-technical center. The fourteen school sites offer a full range of K-12 programs serving more than 7000 students. A Title I funded program for four-year-olds operates in each primary school.