According to a recent survey, almost 1/4 of 12th graders have used marijuana within the past month

December 20, 2012

A recent survey conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan found that 6.5 percent of high school seniors smoked marijuana daily and almost one-fourth of the country’s high school seniors used the drug within the past month. The survey was conducted for the 2012 Monitoring the Future Survey.

3.5 percent of tenth grade students reported that they use marijuana daily, with 17 percent using the drug within the past month. National Institute of Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow said, “We are increasingly concerned that regular or daily use of marijuana is robbing too many young people of their potential to achieve and excel in school or other aspects of life.” Volkow said a key ingredient in marijuana, THC, alters the hippocampus, which is an area of the brain related to cognitive skills and memory.

The survey was conducted on 45,000 eighth, tenth and twelveth grade students. Compared to previous years, fewer students found that marijuana was harmful according to reports. Among twelveth grade students, only 20.6 percent of them saw marijuana use as a harmful activity.

“Heavy use of marijuana – particularly beginning in adolescence – brings the risk of serious problems and our own data have shown it can lead to involvement with alcohol and other drugs as well,” said President and CEO of The Partnership at Steve Pasierb.

To read the full article, click here.

Funding Opportunity for Pennsylvania – 2012 Byrne Justice Assistance Grants

December 17, 2012

Funder: The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

Eligibility: Local units of government (includes counties) and non-profit organizations are eligible to submit a concept paper in accordance with this funding announcement. Schools (includes colleges and universities) are considered governmental units and are eligible to submit a concept paper. State agencies are NOT eligible to apply for these funds.

Amount: The total amount available under this solicitation is $5.8 million in federal JAG Funds. The maximum amount that may be requested for any project is $250,000. Note: PCCD will have approval of all final budgests. Applicants should expect PCCD Staff to instruct them to eliminate non-essential costs from the budget.

Contact:  Please refer to the link titled, “2012 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant.”

Funding Opportunity: Neighborhood Grants (Bronx, NY)

December 12, 2012

Funding Opportunity: Community Transformation Grant – Neighborhood Grants

Grant: The Fund for Public Health in New York (The Fund), on behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Partnership for Healthier New York City, has announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for community organizations and residents to work with Borough Lead Coalitions to advance the work of NYC’s Community Transformation Grant (CTG).  The Bronx Health REACH Coalition led by the Institute for Family Health is the Bronx Borough Lead Coalition. Bronx Health REACH, the Partnership and neighborhood contractors selected in the RFP will work together to support the development and implementation of environmental, infrastructure and systems changes around healthy eating, active living, alcohol and tobacco in the Bronx.  The Fund would like to award at least one grant per health issue (healthy eating, active living, tobacco, alcohol).  Details about the project and the RFP can be found online at

Funder: The Fund.

Amount: The Fund will award 6 grants to work in the Bronx.  Each grant will be up $10,000.

Contact: Emma Rodgers at or (212) 633-0800 x1249.

Deadline: December 17, 2012

Funding Opportunity for North Carolina: NC Community Transformation Grant Project

December 12, 2012

Measuring the Impact: Health Equity and the NC Community Transformation Grant Project

Grant: The North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH) has been awarded Community Transformation Grant (CTG) funding to work with state and local partners to implement evidence-based strategies that support tobacco free living, active living, healthy eating and access to evidence-based clinical preventive services over a five-year period. Funding for CTG is authorized through the Affordable Care Act. The core principles of CTG are to:

• Maximize health impact through prevention,

• Advance health equity and reduce disparities, and

• Use and expand the evidence base

Funder: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section

Eligibility: Public and private non-profit organizations and agencies are encouraged to apply for the RFA.

Contact:  Jill Rushing, Community Transformation Grant Project Evaluator, 919.707.5218,

Deadline: January 18, 2013


New study shows teens who experience dating violence are at high risk of substance abuse

December 10, 2012


A new study found that teen girls who experience dating violence are more likely to drink excessively compared to other teens girls who are not in abusive relationships. As for teen boys, they are more likely to smoke marijuana if encountering dating violence compared to other teen boys in healthy relationships.

This study involved 5,600 teens who were involved in at least one relationship since 1996. One-third of the group studied said they had experienced dating violence both physical and emotional. Five year later, those who said they were involved in abusive relationships, were very likely to engage in unhealthy behavior including smoking, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Teens in physically abusive relationships were more prone to be in violent relationships between the ages of 18 and 25.

To read the study, click here.


Tell your representatives to stand up for prevention funding!

December 7, 2012


On behalf of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, it is important to take action and contact your representatives, urging them to defend prevention funding. This week on Capitol Hill, proposals are still being passed back and forth on prevention funding. The Prevention Institute, based out of Oakland, California believes that it would wrong to cut prevention funding money when the investment in prevention funding is proven to save $5 or more.

If you don’t know what the Prevention and Public Health Fund is, it supports community efforts in achieving personal health across all communities by reducing public smoking, promoting physical activity, and bringing healthy food to neighborhoods and schools that normally wouldn’t have access to.

It is important for the health system to concentrate on prevention in order for the Affordable Care Act to stay successful in improving health and reducing costs.

To take action and read more of the article, click here.


A common bond between bullies and their targets

December 7, 2012


A new study presented by professor of health promotion Keith King and assistant professor of health promotion Rebecca Vidourek, both from the University of Cincinnati, showed that both school bullies and their targets are likely to abuse alcohol after an episode of bullying.

Their study was presented on October 29th at the 140th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in San Francisco. The study included over 54,000 school students across the Greater Cincinnati area ranging from 7th grade to 12th grade. The data was collected by the Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati, and was included in the 2009-2010 Pride Survey on adolescent drug use in the United States.

Results showed that more than 38 percent of students were involved in a type of school violent victimization, ranging from verbal intimidation to threatening with a weapon. These findings were associated with recent alcohol use among males and females in grades 7th through 12th. King and Vidourek also found that “males, non-whites and junior high school students were more likely to be victimized by bullying.”

King also noted that junior- and high school students were “one-and-a-half times more likely to have abused alcohol if they had been bullied.” King believes that alcohol use may be a way for victims to escape problems and self-medicate.

The researchers also found that bully victims were less likely to be involved in extracurricular activities such as clubs, sports, and community/church organizations.

King says, “The results of this study mirror our past studies in examining adolescent behavior, and how positive connections with schools, families and their communities can positively and significantly impact the social and emotional health of youth.”

To read the full article and to learn more about University of Cincinnati’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, click here.

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