Center for Health and Safety Culture staff (lt to rt) Kari Finley, Annmarie McMahill, and Jamie Arpin presented on the Oregon mORe Project at the National Prevention Network conference November 17-19 in Seattle, WA. The Oregon Health Authority has been engaged in a multi-year project with the Center.
The Center offers resources to Oregon communities to cultivate an environment among the prevention community to engage with a statewide effort to reduce teenage alcohol use. The Center is conducting formative research using surveys among several key populations across the social ecology including adults, students, parents, school leaders and staff, law enforcement officers, healthcare providers, alcohol retailers, and community wide and state level organizations.
The results of this formative research are used to guide the development of community based tools using a cultural approach. The communities use these tools to leverage the existing healthy beliefs and behaviors to address underage drinking. Intermediate qualitative evaluation is demonstrating a positive impact among the prevention community.