The American College Health Association (ACHA) is a leadership organization that focuses on helping its members advance the health of their campus communities. The association provides advocacy resources, education, communications, products, and services, as well as promotes research and culturally competent practices. The ACHA serves more than 2,400 college health care professionals, administrators and support staff, physicians, physician's assistants, nurses and nurse directors, health educators, mental health providers, and pharmacists, as well as, students dedicated to health promotion on their campus.
The Century Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. The Council develops and implements programs and public awareness campaigns and promotes action through strategic partnerships. An independent advisory board of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, medicine, and other relevant disciplines assists the Council in continually developing innovative, effective ideas.
The Core Institute is a not-for-profit organization that assists institutions of higher education in drug and alcohol prevention efforts. Core offers both student and faculty/staff surveys including the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, a four page questionnaire that can be used as a pre/post-test measure of the effectiveness of campus-based prevention programs. The Core Institute scores the instrument and offers several report options, as well as, special analyse to aid campuses in interpreting data.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans.
Grants.gov is a government agency that provides a simple, unified electronic storefront for interactions between grant applicants and the federal agencies that manage grant funds. There are 26 federal grant-making agencies and over 900 individual grant programs that award over $350 billion in grants each year. This site is an excellent resource for gaining access to the annual grant funds available across the federal government. In addition to simplifying the grant application process, grants.gov also creates avenues for consolidation and best practices within each grantmaking agency. It has a thorough list of grant making agencies and partners, and also features a searchable database.
Healthy People 2010 is a set of health objectives for the Nation to achieve over the first decade of the new century. It can be used by many different people, states, communities, professional organizations, and others health improvement programs. The 1979 Surgeon General's Report, Healthy People, and Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives both established national health objectives and served as the basis for the development of state and community plans.
The Higher Education Center's purpose is to help college and community leaders develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence. The Center favors a comprehensive approach to prevention. Central to this approach is a mix of environmental strategies to address the institutional, community, and public policy factors that contribute to these problems. The Center supports the development of a prevention infrastructure, primarily by facilitating the work of statewide prevention initiatives and campus-community coalitions. The Center provides training, technical assistance, and publications to support these efforts.
The Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issues is a coalition of vital organizations who collaborate on issues relating to substance abuse prevention efforts within the higher education community. Task Force members communicate on key areas of research and programming efforts for student alcohol and other drug issues. The member organizations include:
American Association of State Colleges & Universities, American Council on Education, American College Health Association, American College Personnel Association, Association of College and University Housing Officers International, Association of College Unions International, Association of Fraternity Advisors, Association for Student Judicial Affairs, The BACCHUS Network™, Fraternity Executives Association Golden Key Honor Society, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, National, Athletic Trainers Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association, North-American Inter fraternity Conference, National Intramural Recreational Sports Association, National Panhellenic Conference, Order of Omega, and The Student Life Education Company.
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of some 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under the U.S. Department of Transportation, is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. In addition, NHTSA provides grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs.
The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is an excellent resource for the most current and comprehensive information about substance abuse prevention and treatment. NCADI is one of the largest federal clearinghouses, offering more than 500 items, including the latest studies and surveys, guides, videocassettes, and other information and materials on substance abuse from various agencies; the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Many of these resources are free of charge. NCADI also staffs both English and Spanish speaking information specialists who are skilled at recommending appropriate publications, posters, and videocassettes; conducting customized searches; providing grant and funding information; and referrals.
The University of Virginia, a national leader in alcohol and substance abuse education, established the National Social Norms Institute (NSNI) to conduct ongoing research into the effectiveness of social norms methodology to combat high-risk drinking among students. The purpose of NSNI is to research, evaluate and disseminate information on the social norms methodology to the field. The Institute's goal is to assist new and current practitioners in the field in utilizing the social norms approach to bring about behavior change in their communities and institutions. It is supported by a generous gift from Anheuser Busch and its charitable foundation. NSNI's leadership has changed as of October 1, 2006, with Jennifer Bauerle, PhD as the Director and James Turner, MD as the Executive Director.
Promising Practices: Campus Alcohol Strategies strives to reduce alcohol related problems among college and university students by motivating institutions of higher education to share their resources and strategies. Resulting from national solicitations, the project's sourcebook incorporates a wide range of strategies designed to assist campuses in their efforts to prevent or reduce alcohol-related problems.
The purpose of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) is to determine the prevalence and age of initiation of health risk behaviors; to assess whether health risk behaviors increase, decrease, or remain the same over time; to examine the co-occurrence of health risk behaviors among young people; to provide comparable national, state, and local data; and to monitor progress toward achieving the Healthy People 2010 objectives.
This site has information on students and campus alcohol issues. It is a resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and high-risk drinking among college students.