T3C Update, May 27, 2011

The 2010-11 academic years has concluded. This is a time to look back over that time period to assess progress, or lack of progress, in addressing student drinking.

1. GRANT: SPF SIG grant remains a possibility with a request for proposal that could be released in the fall.  Well, we have heard that before!   T3C, you will recall, expanded its focus from college student alcohol abuse to include secondary students in anticipation of applying for the grant. During recuperation from my accident in December, 2010 I have been preparing draft grant application copy examining the patterns of alcohol consumption for secondary school youth using the Minnesota School Survey data for both Duluth and the state as well as reporting survey data findings from the three Duluth college campuses.  Describing the local capacity is another part of the draft proposal.  The cooperation between T3C and the campuses and the collaboration of the General Membership help support the existence of a local capacity to make a difference in youthful misuse of alcohol.  With a new Duluth Public School Superintendent hired, it will be necessary to build a relationship with the school system and incorporate school representatives into T3C.

2. DETOX:  T3C is receiving information about students eighteen and over admitted to Detox.  This has been a past information gap except for persons brought to Detox by the UMD police.

3. SURVEYS:  CSS, LSC and UMD have all  done the National College health Assessment (NCHA) this spring.  I have arranged for someone to work with the CSS data looking at changes between 2009 and 2011.  The same analysis will be done for LSC and UMD using a sociology intern with that work to begin in the fall.  In addition to the NCHA, UMD has data from  the 2007 and 2010 Boynton Health Survey  that will be further analyzed.  Preliminary data show reduction in alcohol consumption and consequences.

4. HEALTH EDUCATORS:  Laura Bennett, Lauretta Perry,  Roxanne Frederick and I met to consider campus and community initiatives for the 2011-12 academic years.  The “Don’t Be That Guy” T shirt campaign has begun with servers at Grandma’s Sports Garden and Grandma’s upstairs wearing the T shirts.  The same graphic will be used at CSS, LSC and UMD beginning in the fall with posters and other media forms.  Another effort will be “Chemical Health Awareness” events to be held in the fall.  Strategies for  improving relations between student renters and other residents were also discussed.

5. WELCOME SIGNS:  Last year “Welcome Back Students” yard signs were placed around the campuses and in the community.  Some of those signs were reclaimed and will be used again in the fall with signs located by the campuses and main routes to the campuses.  Smaller welcome signs were distributed to retail businesses and that effort will be repeated in the fall.

6. ALCOHOL OVERDOSE MAGNETS:  In addition to distribution of alcohol overdose magnets on the campuses (also available as wallet cards) the effort is underway to have landlords place magnets in student rentals.  The new landlord association is meeting in June and Barbara Montee has a supply of magnets for landlords willing to place them in their properties.  Arrangements to  once again place magnets in the Rice Lake Road student apartments are underway.

Questions, comments, suggestions – please email J Laundergan

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