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Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative

The Center for Public Health and Health Policy (CPHHP) conducted an evaluation to assess the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative (CHCI). The mission of CHCI is to serve as a catalyst for creating and sustaining healthy college campus and community environments. CHCI awarded ten campuses and community organizations sub-grants to be used over a two year period to implement campus specific initiatives aimed at reducing underage and binge drinking of college students in Connecticut aged 18 to 24. Examples of funded programs include: social norms campaigns; after-hours Café to provide alcohol free options/activities for students; intervention referral training (BASICS), and curriculum infusion.

 

The evaluation design for the CHCI uses three components: process, outcome and impact. The process evaluation measured programmatic activities and collaborative efforts at the State and campus levels related to expanding and enhancing the CHCI. The process evaluation employed several measures, primarily satisfaction surveys administered at the conclusion of events and a CHCI Coalition Feedback The outcome evaluation measured the level of cooperation and coordination occurring among members of the CHCI relative to alcohol abuse prevention using the Scanning Exercises of the College Alcohol Risk Assessment Guide developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center. The impact evaluation was designed to measure changes in 30-day alcohol use and binge drinking rates to assess whether the interventions the sub-recipient campuses implemented led to changes in patterns of student alcohol consumption and AOD related problems. Sub-grantees administered the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey and the Faculty and Staff Environmental Alcohol and Other Drug Survey in the spring of 2011, 2012, and 2014.

 

The project was funded by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), with the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) (Grant number: Q184Z100001).

Funding Source: US Department of Education

Prime Recipient: CT Department Mental Health and Addiction Services

Last page update:  June 9, 2015

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