UTSA Student Health Services receives federal grant to reduce alcohol abuse

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(Nov. 12, 2010)--UTSA Student Health Services (SHS) received this fall U.S. Department of Education funds, "Grants for Coalitions to Prevent and Reduce Alcohol Abuse at Institutions of Higher Education."

Through SHS, UTSA will host and coordinate development of a sustainable statewide coalition on alcohol consumption including binge drinking among under-age students at institutions of higher education. The coalition will incorporate a cross-site, comprehensive, multi-modal, multi-year approach that will evaluate, educate and help prevent the consequences of behaviors related to alcohol abuse in the target population.

The coalition will continue to expand and enhance the collaborative programs, resources, research and networks existing within the participating IHEs and their respective communities.

In collaboration with the UTSA Office of Student Life, SHS has identified 12 sectors to target including college-aged students and their parents, the business community, media, secondary schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious and fraternal orders, civic and volunteer groups, health-care organizations, and state, local and tribal governmental agencies.

The coalition will solicit broad participation from addictive disorder interventionists to help achieve the goals and objectives of the project.

Special thanks goes to Elizabeth Stanczak, UTSA executive director of health and counseling services, and Howaida Werfelli, UTSA health education coordinator, for their continuing efforts to make this project possible.