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: Zach Pruitt,

Current Advisory Board Members:

  • Deb Purfeerst, Public Health Director, Rice County
  • Mary Morgan, Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist, Fernbrook Family Center
  • Natalie Ginter, Director, Community Engagement and Development, Allina Health, South Region
  • Troy Dunn, Rice County Sheriff
  • Michelle Ortiz, Mental Health Therapist, HealthFinders Collaborative
  • Susan Hence, Coordinator, Rice County Community and Justice Council
  • Shawn Peck, Assistant Principal, Faribault Public Schools

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 pm.

Staff Contact:  Meleah Follen,

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.

Staff Contact:  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: Ashley Anderson,