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Coalition for a Healthy Community receives grant

Miami, as part of the Coalition for a Healthy Community–Oxford Area, has received a $98,912 grant from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The award, announced Sept. 27, is part of $9 million in federal grants awarded to 94 sites for fiscal year 2000.

The program was created under the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, co-sponsored by Sens. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Joseph Biden (Del.) and Reps. Sander M. Levin (Mich.) and Rob J. Portman (Ohio).

Portman contacted Karen Murray, project director, to notify her of the grant award. "I’m really excited about it," he said. "You guys do a great job.… It’s nice to see the money going not only to a great coalition but to one in our area."

Funding will support coalition goals to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, adults, and to establish and strengthen collaboration. Objectives designed to achieve these goals include:

• Reducing the prevalence of illicit drug and alcohol use among youth 20 percent by 2004,

• Reducing the prevalence of tobacco consumption among youth 22 percent by 2004,

• Increasing the age of first-time alcohol use by 10 percent by 2004 (46.3 percent of Oxford youth reported using alcohol before age 13, a figure higher than the statewide rate of 38.4 percent), and

• Serving as a catalyst for increased citizen participation and collaboration among all sectors and organizations in the community to reduce substance abuse.

The coalition has provided more than $16,000 in grants this year to youth-led initiatives including Summertime Kids 2000, Homework Club, Oxford Youth Empowered to Serve, Oxford Reach Out and Read, Law Camp and THS Peer Theatre.

The Oxford group was formed in 1996 and was officially launched by President James Garland in 1997. The coalition is housed in the Miami health services center, managed by a volunteer leadership team and directed and supported by a staff of university employees.

The coalition’s leadership team also includes university and Oxford community leaders, as well as student representatives from Miami and Talawanda High School.

For information on joining the coalition, call Vikki Miller at 9-3051.

Date Published: 10/05/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 10

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