Northwoods Coalition

NWC LogoFormed through a partnership between Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) and several community coalitions in 1995, Northwoods Coalition (NWC) is the largest and oldest network of coalitions dedicated to substance use prevention in Wisconsin.

Representatives from coalitions in a 35-county region, including the 11 Wisconsin Tribal Nations, serve on a non-governing advisory board to help shape policies, practices and programs to address public health issues arising from use of alcohol and other drugs.

Since 2007, through a contract with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, MCHS has served as the Northern and Western Regional Prevention Center for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY). The purpose of AWY is to enhance and support the capacity of coalitions in substance misuse prevention and youth development. MCHS staff provide support including education, training, technical assistance and other resources to members of NWC.


Mission: Diverse community coalitions working together to promote effective substance use prevention through networking, advocacy, mentoring and leadership. 


Vision: Strong coalitions, healthy communities. 


We Make a Difference Through:

  • Training: Host and provide scholarships for training and education related to substance use prevention.
  • Support: Provide technical assistance, strategic planning and other resources.
  • Networking: Encourage networking at regional meetings and trainings. 
  • Funding: Select best practice programs, strategies and policy approaches that strengthen and guide local substance use prevention coalitions. Once projects are successfully completed NWC members can receive funding incentives.