That being said, here are some of our accomplishments for April through June:
- Data on alcohol-related consequences from Pathways and the Clerk of Courts was collected for the County Assessment Workbook
- Alcohol-related Chickasaw County Iowa Youth Survey results were reviewed and indicated continued improvement
- Fidelity observations were completed at all 3 schools delivering All Stars
- Environmental scans at the grocery and convenience stores in the County were completed
- Nashua-Plainfield, New Hampton, St. Joseph's Sumner-Fredericksburg surveyed their 6th - 10th graders to assess what media venues reached the most youth from the target age group
- Environmental scans of the parks began during high traffic weekends to assess concerns related to alcohol use on city property
- A town hall meeting was planned and carried out.
- Media advocacy pieces were posted in newspaper and on the coalition website and social media pages to promote All Stars, the media campaign, best practices for alcohol use in public places, and applying appropriate penalties to minors in possession
- Information was shared about the project and all 5 strategies at the St. Joe's All Stars celebration
- Coalition members were recognized for their contributions and 3 new officers were elected at the annual coalition meeting
- Planning was a part of all committee meetings to keep strategies moving forward
- New Hampton, St. Joseph's, and Nashua-Plainfield finished delivering the All Stars program with their 7th graders. (119 students)
- At the St. Joe's celebration ceremony, 2 students shared about their experiences in the program and allowed us to post copies of the speeches on our blog
- Two meetings with the Nashua-Plainfield youth and one with New Hampton youth to build their knowledge and awareness about alcohol advertisements and advocacy.
- One youth group visited two alcohol retailers to share concerns around alcohol ads and recommendations.
- Youth assisted in completing store advertising assessments and developing recommendations for stores.
- Informational packets with concerns of alcohol advertisements, sample policies, and recommendations were created and shared during meetings with retailers.
- With help from Nashua Youth, New Hampton Parks & Rec., and Lawler Little League media campaign images were distributed in schools and at parks, ice cream shops, and pools
- A campaign ad ran on Instagram to reach youth via social media.
- 3 new businesses/community groups posted media images on their social media pages
- 5 strategy subcommittee meetings were held
- The New Hampton Park Board approved a policy that prohibits alcohol use in certain areas during youth parks and recreation and school-related activities.
- Signs explaining the New Hampton policy were purchased and placed in them in the parks
- A press release to notify the public of the New Hampton park policy change was printed in the New Hampton newspaper and posted on the coalition's blog and social media pages
- Committee members visited the Lawler City Council and gained approval to work with a council members on practices to improve alcohol-related issues at the an all-night softball tournament.
- The Sheriff's Department completed 8 hours of party patrols and 14 bar walkthroughs.
- The Nashua Police Department completed 12 hours of party patrols.
- The IPFS Coordinator logged monthly activities and indicators in the evaluation system
- All strategy subcommittees completed/reviewed fidelity checklists
- All Stars post-tests were completed by students at all 3 schools, and pre and posttest data analysis was conducted by Brilliance Analytics and the IPFS project evaluator.
- The subcommittee reviewed the analysis of results from the store scans.
- All four schools with sites in the county surveyed their 13 to 16-year-olds to determine if the target population is seeing the campaign, and where they are seeing it.
- A survey to measure community perception and beliefs about alcohol regulations was included in the New Hampton school and community town hall meetings
- Data was collected from the party patrols and bar walkthroughs carried out by law enforcement.
I continue to be blown away with the time and energy our coalition members give to helping youth in Chickasaw County make healthy choices! We have seen tremendous progress in reducing underage drinking rates over the past 6 years and it would not have been possible with those individuals and organizations!
Carol Hopp, CHES, CPS
Partnerships for Success Coordinator
Pathways Behavioral Services