CASA Report Warns Parents about Nexus of Drugs and Gangs in Schools; Students Less Concerned

August 31, 2010 reports on the nexus of drugs and gangs in school. American students are essentially split over the question of whether their school is “drug free,” but students still cite drugs as a major problem facing people their age, according to a new survey of 12- to 17-year-olds from the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

Asked, “Is your school a drug-free school or is it not drug free, meaning some students keep drugs, use drugs or sell drugs on school grounds?,” 48 percent of students described their schools as “drug free” while 49 percent said their schools were “not drug free.”

Drugs were cited as a major problem by 21 percent of survey respondents, far more than the other popular responses (13 percent for social pressure or fitting in) and doing well in school (10 percent). An accompanying survey of parents, however, ranked social pressure as the biggest problem facing teens (32 percent), while just 12 percent cited drugs and 9 percent named doing well in school.

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Mini-Grant Request for Proposals

August 31, 2010

Mini-Grant Request for Proposals Funding Period:
January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012

SLVHD is soliciting competitive proposals from qualified community based organizations (CBO) located in Salt Lake County to change social norms surrounding tobacco use (beliefs, perceptions, usage, etc.) for the overall goal of reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among disparate populations in Salt Lake County.

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Dr. Gilbert Botvin Receives Presidential Award From Society for Prevention Research

August 30, 2010

Newswise — In recognition of his lifetime contributions to the prevention sciences, the Society for Prevention Research has awarded Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin its prestigious Presidential Award.

Dr. Botvin is a professor of psychology in public health and professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he is chief of the Division of Prevention and Health Behavior. Dr. Botvin is also president of National Health Promotion Associates Inc., which promotes evidence-based prevention and provides teacher training and technical assistance.

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Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

August 27, 2010

Ronald McDonald House Charities – Child Health and Well-being Grants
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations whose national or global programs help improve the health and well being of children under 21.

Award amounts vary. Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofits that have programs that directly improve the health and well being of children, address a significant funding gap or critical opportunity, has long-term impact in terms of replication or reach, produces measurable results, and are sustainable.Deadline: September 7, 2010

Please contact the Ronald McDonald House Charities for more information and to apply for this funding:

SOURCE:  The Center for Health and Health Care in School’s Weekly Insider, August 20, 2010

Amphetamine Misuse Linked to Artery Damage in Young Adults

August 25, 2010 reports on Amphetamine Misuse. Young adults who misuse amphetamines have a three-fold risk for tears in the aorta — the body’s largest artery — compared with nonusers, Reuters reported Aug. 17.

Researchers at the University of Texas examined the medical records of 31,000 Americans ages 18–44 hospitalized between 1995–2007 and found that patients who abused amphetamines had three times the risk for aortic dissection than patients who did not, even after controlling for other risk factors.

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Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

August 23, 2010

Grant: Prevention of youth smoking and substance abuse – To support projects focused on environmental strategies for the prevention of smoking and other substance abuse among Kentucky’s youth ages 10 to 18.
Funder: The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Eligibility: Nonprofits, government agencies and for-profits with tax-exempt status.
Deadline: Sept 10.
Amount: Multiple grants of up to $10,000 each.

Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

August 23, 2010

Grant: IMPACT 2010 – To support organizations working in arts and culture, youth development, civic engagement, education, health and human and social services to the benefit of the New Orleans region.
Funder: The Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Eligibility: Nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations that serve the Greater New Orleans region. Deadline: Sept 3 (LOI).
Amount: Multiple grants of about $20,000 each.

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