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‘Community of Hope’ project receives grant

Miami’s combined effort with the Oxford community to battle high-risk substance abuse behavior has received a financial boost.

The Oxford Community of Hope project was awarded a $47,899 grant from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services (ODADAS) to expand its efforts at promoting a healthy community through positive attitude and action.

The grant will fund several initiatives, including an additional staff member in the Student Health Services and $16,000 to fund youth-led anti-substance abuse projects in the Miami community.

The grant will also fund:

• A community assessment of high-risk behavior

• An environmental scan to be carried out by Talawanda students

• A proposed social marketing campaign in Talawanda schools similar to an ongoing campaign at Miami

• Curriculum training for community members and university staff.

"Our efforts to educate the community on the dangers of high-risk behavior and to provide our young people alcohol-free alternatives are paying off," said Karen Murray, director of education for Student Health Services. "The ODADAS grant provides funds that are crucial to continuing and expanding this positive collaboration between Miami and its neighbors in the Oxford community."

The Oxford Community of Hope Project is administered by the Miami/Oxford Substance Abuse Alliance, a coalition of political and community leaders, business owners and Miami faculty, staff and students. The coalition formed in 1997 to provide peer education and alcohol-free alternative programming and entertainment for Miami students.
Thirteen ODADAS grants worth approximately $500,000 were awarded statewide.

Date Published: 10/28/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 14

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