Implementing an Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention Program Using University–High School Partnerships: Challenges and Lessons Learned

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jeffrey John Milroy, Associate Director (Creator)
Muhsin Michael Orsini, AP Assistant Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program (Creator)
David L. Wyrick, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Background: School-based alcohol and other drug use prevention remains an important national strategy. Collaborative partnerships between universities and high schools have the potential to enhance prevention programming; however, there are challenges to sustaining such partnerships. Purpose: The purpose of this commentary is to underscore challenges faced by health education practitioners when implementing and sustaining a university–high school partnership–based alcohol and other drug education program, emphasize strategies for addressing these challenges, and discuss implications for practice based on lessons learned. Three common themes emerged: (a) lack of regular face-to-face meetings, (b) novice implementation personnel, and (c) teacher turnover. Strategies for overcoming these challenges are presented in this commentary and discussed in detail. Translation to Health Education Practice: Program developers ought to consider lessons learned presented in this commentary to enhance and sustain university–high school partnerships in health promotion.

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American Journal of Health Education, 46(5), 310-313. [2015]
Language: English
Date: 2015
university–high school partnerships, drug use prevention, alcohol use prevention, education program, collaborative partnerships, health promotion

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