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The Center for College Health and Safety recently unveiled the new Campus Health & Safety Web site which is a great resource for prevention professionals and others concerned with reducing high-risk drinking, drug use, and violence among college students. There also is a section devoted to mental health issues in this population.  Rich in content, this site is loaded with over 700 articles of relevant research, references, resources, and Web sites — a “one-stop shop” for information and resources to help address these campus problems.  This database-driven site allows visitors to access content material in a variety of ways: by topic, resource type, and keyword. Full text searching is also available. The Center for College Health and Safety's (CCHS) environmental prevention approach is infused throughout the site, with a large section specifically devoted to the elements of this approach.

The Campus Alcohol Prevention and Intervention Project (CAPI) supports campus and community leaders working to promote health and prevent high-risk behavior on campus. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CAPI assists prevention professionals with planning and implementing projects that address alcohol and other drug use, violence, mental health, and wellness. Goals of CAPI include increasing presidential leadership in prevention work at institutions of higher education, supporting statewide initiatives, conducting outreach and disseminating best practices through diverse communication channels, and providing program guidance to campus and community constituencies.

The College Tobacco Prevention Resource (CTPR) is an online resource that provides practical information, ideas, and guidance to college leaders involved with tobacco prevention. Funding for this project is provided by the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (HEC) serves as the national resource for institutions of higher education concerned with reducing student alcohol and other drug use and violence.

The Presidents Leadership Group (PLG) was formed with funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bring national attention to alcohol and other drug prevention on college and university campuses through presidential leadership. PLG members serve as national leaders in alcohol and other drug prevention, working with a community of higher education officials dedicated to this issue.

The Statewide Initiatives for Campus Alcohol Prevention project seeks to stimulate, enhance, and support statewide prevention initiatives targeting drug and high-risk alcohol use on college and university campuses. Working with state-level agencies and not-for-profit associations, organizations, and consortia, project staff serve as consultants to develop and implement prevention initiatives.

The Statewide Initiatives Leadership Institute (SILI) series offers prevention professionals assistance in developing and supporting state-level coalitions to address college substance abuse issues. Funding for this professional development opportunity is provided by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The College and University Drinking and Driving Prevention Awards Program is a partnership among various AAA Clubs and CCHS to respond to the continuing campus need for innovative and effective approaches to alcohol and other drug problems. Since its inception, the program has presented awards to dozens of colleges and universities in six Western states and is expanding to encompass more states.

The aim of the Campus Mental Health Best Practices Dissemination Project is to investigate, synthesize, and disseminate best practices for promoting mental wellness on college and university campuses. The Ittleson Foundation provided seed funding for the three-year project in 2004. Project staff delivered a workshop on a comprehensive approach to mental health promotion and suicide prevention on campus at the American College Counseling Association conference held in October 2006.

Campus-Community Responsible Retailing Project: Partnering with personnel from Brandeis University, the Center for College Health and Safety works with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to develop and test an environmental strategy to reduce alcohol sales and curtail “predatory” alcohol marketing practices in two campus communities.  Drawing upon a new systems model of responsible retailing, the goals of the project are to: engage campus-community stakeholders in a comprehensive responsible retailing program, monitor store conduct, and work with public sector stakeholders not only to enforce laws but also to assist retailers in identifying and implementing effective practices to prevent underage sales of alcohol and reduce predatory/high-risk alcohol marketing.
For more information about the national Responsible Retailing Forum, go to  If you would like specific information about the Pennsylvania Retailing project, contact Beth DeRicco at

The UMADD Evaluation is a process and outcome evaluation of a new, campus-based initiative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). A primary goal of UMADD is to work with campus and local law enforcement to increase enforcement of underage drinking and impaired driving laws through roll call briefings, recognition events, and other activities tailored to each school. The process evaluation of UMADD will monitor and assess the program activities of five UMADD chapters across the country. The outcome evaluation will determine changes in campus and community police attitudes and behaviors regarding enforcement of underage drinking and impaired driving laws through pre- and post-test surveys of police officers. For more information about UMADD, please click here.

Consulting Projects

The staff of the Center for College Health and Safety also provides short-term programs and services on a fee-for-service basis. These services have included training, strategic planning facilitation, evaluation consultation, and conference planning. The following examples represent The Center's most recent work:

The National Summit for Preventing Civil Disturbances: Sponsored by Iowa State University (ISU), the City of Ames, and the ISU Government of the Student Body, The National Summit for Preventing Civil Disturbances was held on November 10-11, 2005, on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Approximately 175 participants attended from the ISU/Ames community and other campuses across the country. The Summit was designed to provide participants with framework for a comprehensive approach to campus disturbances, to review the current research, and to discuss best practices, with a strong emphasis on applying this information through action planning.

Staff from the Center for College Health and Safety worked closely with the conference organizers on all aspects of agenda planning, including helping to identify key topics, potential speakers, learning objectives, and key stakeholders, conducting background research, and providing consultation on the content, structure, and order of sessions. In addition, Linda Langford, Sc.D., CCHS Associate Director opened the Summit by presenting a Framework for Action to help set the stage for effective planning and served as the Summit "MC," facilitating several sessions and providing wrap-up comments at the end of the first day. Following the Summit, Dr. Langford is providing follow-up consultation with ISU and Ames stakeholders to assist in translating key lessons into local practice. Finally, a conference proceedings created by CCHS partner organization the Silver Gate Group will enable the key learnings from the Summit to be disseminated to campus communities broadly.

BASICS Statewide Implementation: The Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), an evidence-based, individual-focused intervention, is currently in various stages of implementation across several states. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the individual statewide initiatives, implementation is underway with campuses in Massachusetts, Florida, and Montana and is in the planning stages in Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and New York. Led by Laurie Davidson at CCHS and George Parks at the University of Washington’s Addictive Behaviors Research Center, this CCHS effort is the first in the nation to provide in-depth preparation to campuses on the systems and infrastructure that must be in place for successful implementation of BASICS. To find out more about this project please contact Maggie Mannell at

Our Past Projects

The Social Norms Alcohol Problem Prevention for Youth (SNAPPY) project is a three-year pilot study of a school- and community-based media campaign to correct misperceptions of high school student drinking norms. SNAPPY is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, with support from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation and the Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

The Social Norms Marketing Research Project (SNMRP), funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is a national study designed to test the effectiveness of campus-based media campaigns in reducing alcohol consumption among college students. It is the first multi-site, randomized trial to evaluate the effect of social norms marketing on student perceptions of drinking norms and actual drinking behavior.

Smoke-Free Cost Analysis Project: Funded by the American Legacy Foundation, this one-year study examined the economic and other benefits of implementing smoke-free residence hall policies in colleges and universities. Through record examination and conducting interviews with personnel from a variety of offices, such as Health Services, Residence Life, Facilities, Risk Management, and Alumni Affairs, this study demonstrated the positive impacts of “doing the right thing” with regard to tobacco policies. Visit the final report page to learn more about the findings of this study.

Product Spotlights

Be Vocal, Be Visible, Be Visionary, funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, promotes the President Leadership Group's 13 recommendations for a broad approach to student alcohol abuse, one that reflects a complete understanding of how societal conditions drive alcohol use and the magnitude of alcohol-related problems.

Safe Lanes on Campus: A Guide for Preventing Impaired Driving and Underage Drinking, prepared on behalf of the U.S. Departments of Education and Transportation, helps campus and community leaders address illegal underage drinking students, and driving under the influence of alcohol.