250311 Healthy communities, healthy states: A campus/community effort to expand the use of assessment, planning, and public health approaches to address problems associated with alcohol and other drug use

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 1:10 PM

Deb Thorstenson , Counseling Center, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD
Northern State University (NSU), a four-year public university located in Aberdeen South Dakota, is part of a statewide, community-based network working to prevent problems associated with alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse. CORE survey data shows that NSU students report higher rates of negative consequences associated with AODs than the national average in multiple areas. These include: poor academic performance, arrests for driving under the influence; sexual assaults; and suicide ideation and attempts. The NSU campus coalition's efforts to reduce AOD problems among students have been enhanced by participation in a statewide transformation initiative led by the SD Department of Human Services' Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, with technical assistance from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. This change effort has resulted in enhanced community capacity to use epidemiological approaches, engage in targeted prevention system development and outcome-based planning, and use comprehensive public health approaches. As a result, the NSU campus coalition has incorporated a number of policy approaches into its health promotion and early intervention efforts, including: reviewing, recommending changes to, and enforcing campus, community, state and federal AOD laws and policies; tracking consistency of enforcement efforts on campus and in the community; limiting the availability of alcohol both on and off-campus; developing and implementing social marketing campaigns; and planning and implementing alcohol-free events and public service opportunities. This presentation will provide a campus coalition perspective on this systems transformation initiative, and describe successes and key lessons learned to date.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Identify key strategies for strengthening health promotion initiatives in institutions of higher education through the adoption of campus/community policy approaches

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, College Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director of counseling services for NSU, and the director of the initiative featured in the abstract
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.