Community Partnership – Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: A school/family/community substance abuse prevention partnership intervention lead by a Midwestern school district: a combination of instructional units selected from the Teenage Health Teaching Modules and the Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education along with Talking with Your Students About Alcohol (TWYSAA). Growing Healthy is a comprehensive health education curriculum consisting of sequential lessons covering ten content areas including nutrition, substance abuse, and mental health that are designed to enhance students’ health-related decision-making and problem-solving.

The Teenage Health Teaching Module is a comprehensive health education curriculum designed for adolescents and intended to enhance decision-making, communication, and risk assessment via 41-91 lessons per year covering a variety of health topics including substance abuse and violence prevention. The school district implemented a student assistance program to provide intervention services to students recognized as high risk for academic difficulties or adjustment problems. The parent organization partnered with the school district and other community organizations and agencies to form a community coalition.

Study Results: Decreased alcohol and cannabis consumption.

Reference: Lohrmann, D. K., Alter, R. J., Greene, R., & Younoszai, T. M. (2005). Long-term impact of a district-wide school/community-based substance abuse prevention initiative on gateway drug use. Journal of Drug Education, 35(3), 233–253. BJ5N-KHQN-01LA

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good