Working to strengthen city policies related to alcohol use in the parks is one of five underage drinking strategies we have helped organize through the Iowa Partnerships for Success (IPFS) Grant. We began the process by conducting assessments of the parks during Heartland Days and on an average weekend. This allowed us to sit down with park leaders to discuss practices that are meeting safety standards and areas for improvement. We were able to find common ground and identify practical changes that could be made to reduce opportunities for youth to access alcohol in public places. We plan to continue working with cities in Chickasaw County to find opportunities to strengthen alcohol-related policies, reduce risk for underage drinking, and promote public safety.
The IPFS project is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information on the IPFS Grant, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/substance-abuse/programs/ipfs. For information on Chickasaw County’s project and how to get involved, contact Carol Hopp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-380-4032.