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University Participating in Grant Program to Tackle Underage Drinking, Marijuana Use

Minnesota State Mankato is sub-recipient of grant received by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

2015-04-30
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-30-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Student Health Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato announced today that it is one of seven colleges and universities in Minnesota participating in a five-year grant program focused on preventing underage drinking among persons 18-20 and marijuana use among persons aged 18-25.

The Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and Minnesota State Mankato and the six other colleges and universities are grant sub-recipients.

The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) focuses on assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The grant will be advised by a coalition of key stakeholders interested in preventing underage drinking and marijuana use.

“Student Health Services will be reaching out to students, departments and community members to become a part of this process,” said David Jones, Minnesota State Mankato’s vice president of student affairs and enrollment management. “We look forward to tailoring the project to the needs of Minnesota State Mankato students.”

Minnesota State Mankato Project Coordinator Antonia Kolas will work with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, a campus and community coalition and an assessment team to put together a strategic plan identifying evidence-based strategies to reduce rates of underage drinking and marijuana use, with evaluation of the program at each step of the process.

For more information, call (507) 389-5184 or email antonia.kolas@mnsu.edu.

The other Minnesota institutions participating in the grant program include Carleton College, Minnesota State Community and Technical College (Fergus Falls & Moorhead campuses), Rainy River Community College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and Winona State University.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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