In February 2015, Appanoose County was one of twelve counties chosen to participate in the Iowa Partnership for Success (IPFS) project. A program started by the Iowa Department of Public Health through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Chuck Russell, Sieda Community Action’s Appanoose County IPFS Coordinator has already started working with the Appanoose County Collaboration Council (ACCC). Firstly, the ACCC encompasses a positive representation of culturally appropriate county stakeholders. This diverse group of invested community members strives to reduce opportunities for underage drinking to occur in Appanoose County. Therefore, implementing environmental and individual-level interventions which seek to change knowledge, expectancies, cultural norms, intentions, motivation, and skills. In other words, help Appanoose County youth better prepare to resist the pro-drinking influences and opportunities that surround them.

Sieda’s Behavior Health and Treatment Services (BHTS) Prevention Unit staff oversee and guides the ACCC.  Most importantly, together they ensure that the individual and environmental strategies selected are carried out to the degree to which they were intended. In conclusion, Sieda BHTS Prevention IPFS Coordinator, Chuck, ensures that program guidelines for each strategy are implemented with fidelity, cultural competence, and sustainability. Any adaptations proposed to meet local circumstances on selected underage drinking prevention strategies by the ACCC are subject for approval by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Partnership for Success Project Director.

Appanoose County Youth Survey Question:
During the last 30 days, did you have 5 or more drinks of alcohol (glasses, bottles or cans of beer, glasses of wine, liquor, mixed drinks) in a row, that is within a couple of hours?

6th grade – 3% of the students
11th grade – 16% of the students

6th grade – 0% of the students
11th grade – 31% of the students

Link: 2014 Iowa Youth Survey Appanoose County Results (04)  (page 23)
Link: 2016 Iowa Youth Survey Appanoose County Results (04) (page 26)

In 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that among high school students, during the past 30 days 33% drank some amount of alcohol, 18% binge drank, 3. 8% drove after drinking alcohol, and 20% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol. In 2015, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 20% of youth aged 12 to 20 years drink alcohol and 13% reported binge drinking in the past 30 days

Link: CDC Fact Sheets-Underage Drinking – 2018