FHN Receives Grant for Jo Daviess County Underage Drinking Prevention

GALENA, Ill., Sept. 26, 2016 — The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has awarded FHN Family Counseling Center a five-year grant to address underage drinking among eighth to twelfth graders in Jo Daviess County.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA-CSAP) grant supports agencies and their multi-sector coalitions – which includes at minimum, representation from law enforcement, schools, and governmental officials – to deliver services in communities that have higher rates of underage drinking compared to the state average.

The grant will support FHN, the Jo Daviess County Juvenile Justice Council, and other community members to deliver services to Jo Daviess County.  Under this grant, FHN and the Juvenile Justice Council, with help from key stakeholders in the community, will use the Strategic Prevention Framework to identify the risk factors that lead to underage drinking, identify evidence based strategies that are known to be effective in reducing such risks, and then implementing those strategies.

The five steps of the SPF will offer Jo Daviess County a comprehensive process for addressing underage drinking and related behavioral health problems facing the county. The effectiveness of the SPF begins with a clear understanding of community needs and involves community members in all stages of the planning process.

The steps of the SPF include:

Step 1: Assess Needs: What is the problem, and how can we learn more?

Step 2: Build Capacity:  What do we have to work with, and what more do we need?

Step 3: Plan: What should we do and how should we do it?

Step 4: Implement:  How can we put our plan into action?

Step 5: Evaluate: Is our plan succeeding?

The Strategic Prevention Framework planning process is a dynamic, data-driven approach to underage drinking prevention. The SPF will focus on sustainable, population-level change to guide the prevention efforts in Jo Daviess County.

FHN, the JDCJJC, and other community members are beginning the process of assessing the needs of the county based on the Illinois Youth Survey data and other data sources for the county. Once the needs of the county have been assessed and the priority contributing factors have been determined, a strategic plan will be developed to identify the strategies needed to impact these priority needs in Jo Daviess County.  If you have further questions or are interested in being part of this process, contact Nathan Hesselbacher at 815-599-8123 or nhesselbacher1@fhn.org.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 22 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational and chiropractic health services, dental care and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.

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