Public invited to complete Stand Up 4 U survey as a step to help prevent underage drinking

The Stand Up 4 U Coalition is committed to providing a safe and healthy community for local youths, said Ann March, community health educator with Morrison County Public Health. “After receiving an innovative, five-year grant to reduce youth alcohol use in the Little Falls community, the coalition is gathering community opinions about this very important issue,” she said.

March said, that while many youths are making healthy choices, there continues to be great concern for those that use alcohol. Families, community members and local leaders have a significant impact on youth alcohol use, which is why Stand Up 4 U is requesting everyone’s response to this community survey gathering local attitudes and beliefs about underage drinking.

The survey will be conducted on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division in partnership with the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University. The Center is a national leader in measuring community norms and has extensive experience in survey administration and underage drinking prevention. An introductory letter will be mailed to randomly selected homes, followed by a short survey. Individual responses are confidential and only summary results will be reported to local grant coordinators to then share with community members, schools and elected officials.

“We need your help. Local opinion data helps steer our project,” said March. “Community members have a tremendous role in improving health and safety by reducing underage substance use. Your opinions are highly valued and will be used to guide this community project.”

The Stand Up 4 U Coalition (through Morrison County Public Health) is a planning and implementation grantee of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Funding for the Stand Up 4 U Coalition is one of 10 grants awards in Minnesota dedicated to reducing youth substance use through comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based prevention strategies.