The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) serves as the backbone for the Coalition, providing staff, infrastructure and operations support. Northfield HCI leverages resources and seeks additional funding opportunities.
Responsible for overseeing the vision and mission of the Coalition. The team provides insight and feedback on budgetary matters and new initiatives. Representing the perspectives of the various action teams, the group meets quarterly. Staff Contact: Katie Reed,

Current Advisory Board Members:

  • Deb Purfeerst, Public Health Director, Rice County
  • Linda Oto, Youth Development Coordinator, Community Services Division, Northfield Public Schools
  • Mary Morgan, Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist, Fernbrook Family Center
  • Natalie Ginter, Director, Community Engagement and Development, Allina Health, South Region
  • Natalie Marfleet, HealthRise Project Lead, HealthFinders Collaborative
  • Troy Dunn, Rice County Sheriff
  • Yvette Marthaler, Coordinator, Rice County Treatment Court and Community and Justice Council
Enjoys robust collaboration with representatives from all law enforcement agencies in Rice County, as well as the Rice County Attorney’s Office and Rice County Community Corrections. Other partners include the schools, health agencies and public safety groups. Projects include Take It to the Box medication disposal, Social Host Ordinances, and Tip411 anonymous reporting. Meets monthly from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Faribault. Staff Contact: Katie Reed,

Formally known as the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force, Northfield ASAP has been raising community awareness about local youth substance use and making recommendations for community interventions to reduce youth use. Members are “advocates for and with youth, committed to creating a community where our youth can lead healthy lives free of alcohol and drug use.” This city commission consists of local residents who are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC), 1651 Jefferson Parkway. Special meetings are occasionally called. Staff Contact: Katie Reed,, or Ashley Anderson,

Work encompasses the continuum of care from prevention to treatment and recovery from substance abuse and mental illness. Comprised of drug and alcohol treatment professionals and mental health providers, the team has focused on: assessment and treatment services; community information sharing; and supporting healthy living. The Provider Team meets quarterly from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC). Staff Contact:  Katie Reed,, or Ashley Anderson,
Focuses on implementing evidence-based countywide mental health promotion and resiliency efforts. Partners on the team include schools, the faith community, county agencies, healthcare providers, and social service organizations. The team meets monthly, alternating between Northfield and Faribault. Staff Contact: Katie Reed,
Brings together a diverse group of community partners to increase access to culturally appropriate chemical and mental health education, services, and resources for Rice County’s Latino and Somali communities, as well as other low-income and underrepresented populations. Staff Contact: Katie Reed,