About Us

Alliance for Healthy Communities

Alliance for Healthy Communities (AHC) is a grant funded, grass roots coalition that has taken up the challenge of identifying and changing community conditions that enable alcohol and drug abuse, as well as mental health and suicide risks, among area youth. AHC serves the communities within the footprint of the Parkway C-2 School District by providing a platform for building partnerships and collaboration between individuals and organizations from across our region. Through the work of AHC partners, targets for change are identified and actions undertaken that, sustained over time, will reduce the rates of youth substance abuse and the resulting harm.

Our Mission

Engage the community to reduce youth substance abuse and risks for suicide by raising awareness and changing community norms.

Our Vision

A community empowered to make positive choices through knowledge, skills and resources.

Learn More About the Alliance for Healthy Communities Executive Board


Ken McManus M.Ed., L.P.C., C.R.P.S., – AHC Director

Ken McManus is the director of Alliance for Healthy Communities. He has completed the three-week coalition academy provided by the National Coalition Institute (NCI) and has been leading community anti-drug coalitions for 10 years. Additionally, Ken has been practicing as a mental health counselor for nearly 40 years, specializing in children, teens and families.