Madison County Health Coalition

About Us


Executive Board
Past Projects
Current/Future Projects
Grants Received


Madison County Health Coalition ( MCHC ) was started in 2000 by local health professionals, community leaders, and the interested
public representing diverse interests.  The group then organized into an administrative coalition with common goals. MCHC has brought together
different people who have been interested and concerned about the health of citizens in Madison County . This coalition serves all
Madison County residents. This Madison County Health Coalition received its 501c3 status and developed a county health resource guide as their first
project. MCHC continues to publish a Madison County Health Resource Guide every year. The Guide was started due to lack of
communication in the county. There is no local radio station and only a weekly newspaper. In 2001, MCHC agreed to work in cooperation
with the Arkansas Department of Health as a Hometown Health Improvement Project.

MCHC has an executive board made up of 6 members which includes a local physician, a representative of the county health unit and other members representing various other community interests.
This Board oversees coalition staff as well as grant work plans and budgets. The coalition has By-laws and an Organizational Chart.
These documents, along with the Mission and Vision, are revised as needed.


Madison County Health Coalition Executive Board

The Executive Board meets monthly and also as needed.

Vice President
Travis Embry, M.D.
(Local Physician)
Nancy Marsh, R.N.
(ADH Employee)
Max Norris D.C.
(Local Chiropractor)
Shana Villines, R.N.
(Administrator ADH)


Not Pictured:

Debbie Holt, Huntsville School District

Cheri Carden, Ozark Guidance



To provide a local voice which is truly representative of our community and which has some clout and resources behind it.


To address Madison County's health issues through a collaboration of diverse community interests.


To maintain and seek local resources to achieve better health for our community.


The coalition also has dues paying members and Community Action Projects (CAP). The coalition currently has a dues paying membership list of over 40 individual and organizational memberships.  Our membership continues to grow as well as the number of Community Action Projects (CAPs).  MCHC meets the third Monday of the month at the Masonic Lodge in Huntsville at noon. We would like to invite you to our meetings, but please check to make sure you have the correct date, time and location by calling Shana Villines at (479) 738-2612.


Accomplishments of MCHC (Madison County Health Coalition)

Year MCHC started: 2000 (HHI project in 2001)

How HHI started: Developed by local health professionals, community leaders, and the interested public representing diverse interests,
and organized into an administrative coalition with common goals.

How this HHI is organized: The coalition has dues paying members, a board, and Community Action Projects (CAPs).

MCHC has been incorporated, the 501c3 status obtained, and by-laws
written and approved.


Past projects:

  • Madison County Health Resource Guide (1st , 2nd , 3rd , 4th , 5th ,6th , 7th , and 8th edition)
    500 – 1000 copies printed and distributed each year
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Annual ConAgra Hispanic Health Fair 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
  • Landscape designer designed plans for Activities Trail for Madison County
  • Received a silver award from the NPHIC for our health resource guide 2004!
  • Obtained our own web site in 2004.
  • Purchased storage building to store MCHC supplies and promotional items
  • Teen Summit 2006 – Anti tobacco summit presented to approx 1700 students from Kingston , St Paul , and Huntsville
  • NWA Teen Summit at Jones Center in Springdale . Served 8 schools with over 1300 8 th graders in attendance.
  • Smoke Free Business Campaign – Each week recognize smoke free businesses with gift basket and ad in local newspaper
    2005 and 2006
  • Town Hall meeting held on underage drinking 2006 and 2008
  • Parent/Child seminar on underage drinking 2007
  • MCHC presented “Smoke Free Business of the Year” at the Chamber Banquet 2006, 2007, and 2008.
  • Raised over $800 at the Battle of the Bands 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
  • Over $2,000 is raised annually at the Dine and Shine Fundraiser
  • Mitchusson Park is now TOBACCO FREE
  • 4-H students present anti-tobacco puppet shows to area daycares 2007 and 2008
  • 3 rd year for Tobacco Prevention Specialist
  • 5 th year for Project Coordinator for Federal Drug Free Communities Grant
  • 3 rd year for Project Coordinator for Komen Grant
  • 1 st year of Project Coordinator for SPF SIG grant on underage drinking.
  • Concerned citizens and MCHC collaborated to purchase building that now houses Madison Medical Group. Physician available
  • MCHC worked with Fair Board to get Fair Grounds tobacco free.
  • MCHC worked with Rodeo to sponsor smoke free rodeo nights. The rodeo didn't accept any tobacco sponsorships
  • At request of Extension Homemakers, MCHC sponsored annual Madison County Health Fair. This had been done by the
    Extension office until 2007.
  • Madison County professionals collaborated to offer free kindergarten physicals for all of Madison County schools. Children from
    Huntsville , St Paul and Kingston school districts were eligible to attend. The local health unit was decorated in a Hawaiian theme.
    The events took place in July 2007. As children entered the building they were greeted and given a health packet and then sent to
    the various screening stations. Children who attended received vital signs, ht/wt/BMI, vision/hearing screens, dental screens,
    health physicals, vaccinations, fingerprinting, and AR Kids First applications. Community partners that assisted with the clinic
    were; Madison County Health Unit, Huntsville School, Kingston School, Dr. Ronald Roberts, DDS, McAlister Vision, Boston
    Mountain Rural Health Center, Madison County Medical Group, Madison County Health Coalition, Arkansas Department of Health,
    DHS, Kiwanis, Lion's Club, and local police as well as many community volunteers. Arvest Bank, Rock's Drive In, and civic groups
    donated schools supplies and door prizes for the event.
  • MCHC, Boston Mountain Rural Health Center , and the local health unit collaborated to offer free Head Start physicals in August
    2007. Over 80 children received free physicals.
  • Educational booths annually at Madison County Fair, Madison County Health Fair, Fair on the Square in Kingston, and Pioneer
    Days in St Paul.
  • Implemented Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign. Provided over 15,000 bags with prevention message to local
    pharmacies. (2007)
  • Trained local healthcare workers about the SOS Works program. Healthcare workers fax back referrals of patients to the SOS
    Quitline. (2007)
  • Let's Talk Alcohol Presentation (2007)
  • April-Alcohol Awareness Month (Parent's Who Host Lose the Most) Media Campaign.
  • Alcohol Prevention Presentation to High School Students-Ron Routh-speaker.
  • 2 Coalition members attended MidSouth Summer School (2007)
  • Coalition Training on Sustainability (2007)
  • Project Coordinator receives Trail Blazer Award for tobacco cessation efforts in the county 2007
  • Madison County 8 th grade teen summit-anti tobacco summit presented to approx 250 8 th graders from St Paul , Kingston , and
    Huntsville . Rick Bender guest speaker on spit tobacco. (2007)
  • Rick Bender speaks to Huntsville and Kingston grades 9-12 on the dangers of spit tobacco (2007)
  • Dr. Carolyn Dressler gave anti tobacco presentation to local coalition and community members (2007)
  • MCHC members attend strategic planning meetings to work on infrastructure of coalition. Update By-Laws and mission and
    vision (2008)
  • Rick Bender spoke to St Paul 4-12 graders on the dangers of spit tobacco (250 kids). He then spoke at a town meeting in the
    evening to parents and community members (43 attended) (2008)
  • Dr. Susan Weinstein was keynote speaker at local coalition meeting. Area veterinarians attended the meeting. Her topic was
  • Madison County Health Coalition partnered with Northwest Arkansas Safe Communities Coalition to conduct a “Car Seat Safety
    Event Day” for Madison County . Car seats were donated by Northwest Arkansas Safe Communities Coalition, Kiwanis, Lions
    Club, Butterball, LLC, MCHC, and Farm Bureau Insurance. In Madison County , 88 parents were given a new car seat for their
    child. Each parent was given educational material about the dangers of secondhand smoke, the importance of smoke-free cars
    and Act 13. Each child left with a new car seat properly installed in the car.
  • Teresa Belew, AR Executive Director of MADD gave presentation to MCHC and MCCC (2008)
  • Annual Conagra Health Fair 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
  • Alcohol prevention campaign targeting local teens during prom. Alcohol prevention messages printed and placed in corsages
    from area floral shops.
  • Alcohol prevention campaign targeting Madison County seniors. Alcohol prevention messages printed in fortune cookies and
    passed out to all area seniors.
  • Media survey conducted (2008)
  • Alcohol Community Perception Survey (2008)


Current/Future projects:

  • Breast Cancer Support Groups started in 2006 and meet monthly
  • Received funding for Activities Trail. Trail is currently under construction.
  • Plan to have booth at County Health Fair and the County Fair.
  • Continue to work with Camp Harvest and Project Focus to decrease substance abuse in Madison County .
  • 4-H SOS taskforce
  • Teen Summit planned for October 2008. The event will be held at the Jones Center and all 8 th graders from Madison County 's
    3 schools will attend. Rick Bender will speak to the kids. We will also have guest speaker on underage drinking.
  • MCCC working with community partners to apply for grant funding for soccer fields. The fields would be built on the Activities
    Complex land.
  • 2 Coalition members working toward Prevention Certification
  • Coalition Sustainability Trainings
  • Applying for Blue and You grant to address worksite wellness.


Grants received:

  • State Systems Development Mini Grant ($4100)-2001
  • ABCCCP/BreastCare Outreach Mini Grant ($1200) -2001
  • Ozark Affiliate of Susan G Komen Grant ($5600- $3600) -2002, 2003
  • WRMC Foundation Grants – 2 ($3800-$2500)
  • Tobacco Prevention Grant ($32,000)-2003
  • Drug Free Communities Program (SAMHSA) $100,000 -2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 – In 5 th year of funding
  • Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant - $2000 -2005
  • Received $500 from local Kiwanis Group
  • Community Care Foundation Mini Grant ($1000) -2004
  • ADAP mini grant-2002,2003,2004,2005, 2006
  • Tobacco Prevention Grant ($60,688) May 2005
  • Minority Tobacco Grant UAPB ($31,718) May 2005 (2 nd Year)
  • Komen Grant ($10,923) 2005
  • Tobacco Prevention Grant ($60,688) 2006 (2 nd Year)
  • Underage Drinking – Town Hall Meeting ($1,500) 2006
  • Tobacco Commission Grant $16,000.
  • Trails for Life Grant for $35,000 to build a walking trail behind the local health unit.
  • Tobacco Grant 2007 for $66,650
  • Komen Grant 2006 $10,923
  • Komen Grant 2007 $51,246
  • SIG grant $600,000 over 4 years
  • Smoke Alarm Grant. Received 100 smoke alarms
  • Komen Grant 2008 $54,069
  • Minority Tobacco Grant $40,000 (2008)
  • Komen mini grant $1000 (2008)


Other pertinent information:

  • Rural county
  • Hispanic influx
  • Mong and Marshall Islander influx
  • Only two medical clinics - Boston Mountain Rural Health Clinic and Madison County Medical Group
  • One nursing home- Meadowview Healthcare and Rehab
  • No hospital or after hour care


Local Administrator: Shana Villines, RN/Administrator