May 1, 2009 CONTACT: Diane Torrel, Public Health Nurse
St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 218-749-0613 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Readiness Survey Results and the Zero Adult Provider Project
The Zero Adult Provider (ZAP) project began in the Quad Cities area of Virginia, Eveleth, Gilbert, and Mountain Iron, MN in July 2008. The “Quad Cities Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking” received a grant of $5,000 from the Minnesota Institute of Public Health (MIPH) to implement the project. The project aims to change the way law enforcement and the judicial system address underage drinking and social access to alcohol. Communities that implement the ZAP project strive towards three main goals:
1. Know if and when underage drinking is happening.
2. Identify and charge underage drinkers and adult providers.
3. Ensure consequences make a difference in the future individual behavior and in the community at large.
In the fall of 2008, the Community Readiness Survey (CRS) was implemented to a sample of residents throughout the Quad Cities. Of the 600 residents who received the survey, 36% responded. This response rate is good, and is comparable to rates from other communities where the CRS has been used by MIPH. The CRS addresses several topic areas, including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and gambling.
The “Quad Cities Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking” collaborated with MIPH to understand how the results from the CRS may connect to the ZAP project. Select findings from the CRS tie directly to the goals of the ZAP project. The findings revealed the following attitudes.
- Alcohol and tobacco are seen as the biggest problems for teens (84% and 73% respectively).
- One-fifth of the respondents agree that drinking among teens in this community is acceptable behavior (19%).
- Most respondents believe that law enforcement should spend more time enforcing the minimum drinking age of 21 (86%).
- Respondents perceive that it is easier for youth to obtain alcohol from social sources, such as sneaking from home (39%), getting an older person to buy for them (34%), rather than commercial sources, such as buying at store (26%), ordering alcohol at a bar (25%)].
Moving forward, the “Quad Cities Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking” plans to continue the public discussion about the Community Readiness Survey results. This includes the connection to the Zero Adult Provider project. The ZAP project is an environmental strategy that may help address concerns expressed by respondents in the CRS. Concerned area residents are encouraged to contact the “Quad Cities Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking” to learn more about these issues.
Article prepared by:
Robyn Wiesman, MA
Minnesota Institute of Public Health
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