250317 Healthy communities, healthy states: A targeted community effort to build local prevention system capacity to reduce underage drinking and related problems

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 1:30 PM

Kelli Rumpza , Human Service Agency, Watertown, SD
The Human Service Agency (HSA) in Watertown, South Dakota is part of a statewide, community-based network working to prevent problems associated with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. Watertown data has indicated significant issues, particularly among youth and young adults. Juvenile arrests for underage drinking, marijuana possession, and driving under the influence (DUI) have increased over the years, and 17-24 year olds constitute nearly 40% of all local DUI arrests. Compliance checks of Watertown alcohol retailers in 2009 found that nearly 15% sold alcohol to youth. School truancy rates reached 19% in 2008, with only 51% of students reporting that their families had clear rules or consequences or monitored their whereabouts. Even fewer (29%) reported that parents and adults modeled positive, responsible behavior. HSA's attempts to organize community efforts to address these issues 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. The initiative has resulted in enhanced community capacity to use epidemiological approaches, engage in targeted prevention system development and outcome-based planning, and implement public health approaches. As a result, HSA and its community partners have significantly expanded their efforts to include environmental prevention, and to build prevention infrastructure locally and in the surrounding five-county catchment area. This presentation will provide a community perspective on this change 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
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify key strategies for mobilizing community partners and strengthening local prevention infrastructure Discuss core factors for successful community adoption of outcome-based assessment and planning processes

Keywords: Community Health Planning, Community Health Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Community Prevention Networker responsible for implementing the initiative described 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.