Town Hall Meetings To Address Underage DrinkingContact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112Agency: Community Health
March 30, 2006
Seventeen Michigan communities are uniting in a nationwide initiative this week to address underage drinking, state officials said today.
The Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking is sponsoring Town Hall meetings, said Janet Olszewski, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Town hall meetings will give local communities the opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of underage alcohol use, learn about the new research on the issue, provide opportunities for discussion on how their communities can best prevent underage alcohol use; and develop strategies for community-wide implementation.
Communities are most successful when parents, youth, education leaders, substance abuse coordinating agencies, local health agencies, justice/law enforcement agencies, highway safety representatives, alcohol control specialists, local government, and businesses join together in this effort, Olszewski said.
Date City Sponsoring Coalition Name
March 31 Detroit Southwest Detroit Drug-Free Coalition
April 3 Flint Connexion, Inc.
April 3 Menominee Menominee County Prevention Coalition and Healthy Youth Coalition of Marquette and Menominee Counties
April 3 Negaunee Marquette County Coalition for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention
April 4 Bay City Bay County Prevention Network / Neighborhood Resource Center
April 4 Berkley Tri-Community Coalition
April 4 Escanaba Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties
April 4 Lake Orion Rochester Auburn Hills Community Coalition
April 4 Midland Circle of Health Partnership
April 18 Comstock Park AOD Partnership for Health Communities
May 2 Comstock Park AOD Partnership for Health Communities
Please visit MDCH website, www.michigan.gov/odcp or contact the Office of Drug Control Policy at 517-373-4700 for specific times and locations, as well as an updated list.
Several communities, including East Jordan, East Lansing, Newaygo, Battle Creek, Detroit, Clinton Township, Troy, and Saginaw have already met to discuss solutions for underage drinking. The Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Drug Control Policy, has made underage drinking a priority prevention initiative. To learn more about the national underage drinking initiative, visit the following website: www.StopAlcoholAbuse.gov.