Monday, January 25, 2010

Dr. Rivera joins Alaska Interagency Prevention of Underage Drinking Committee

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, has joined the Alaska Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking. This committee is comprised of 12 state-wide agencies and association representatives and recently released the State of Alaska Plan to Reduce & Prevent Underage Drinking.

The plan employs a variety of strategies to address the issue of underage drinking including dissemination of information, education, providing alternative activities, community-based processes, and environmental approaches. A major goal is to develop community responses to underage drinking that are coordinated at the state level. Pilot projects are scheduled to begin in Yakutat and in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough once community assessments have been completed.