Partners in Prevention is Missouri's higher education substance abuse consortium dedicated to creating healthy and safe college campuses. The coalition is comprised of 21 public and private college and university campuses across the state. Campus judicial officials, law enforcement, and campus prevention professionals are encouraged to take part in both their local coalition efforts and the statewide Partners in Prevention coalition. The unique composition brings together different perspectives on health promotion and prevention efforts. Since the beginning of our coalition 12 years ago, we have focused on preventing high-risk and underage drinking among Missouri's college students and addressing other problematic health behaviors such as high risk driving behaviors and problem gambling. In addition, we also provide support and services to campuses across the state to prevent suicide on campus and support positive mental health among college students. Members of the Partners in Prevention coalition meet monthly for training and network opportunities and host a statewide prevention conference each spring called Meeting of the Minds.
Each college and university involved with PIP is required to write and implement a strategic plan for prevention in order to decrease problematic health and safety behaviors on campus and in their community. Funding is provided to each campus affiliated with the PIP coalition. To identify progress of their goals, and to obtain data for program implementation, each campus implements the Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS), an annual, online survey implemented each spring semester since 2007.
- Columbia College
- Drury University
- Evangel University
- Harris-Stowe State University
- University of Central Missouri
- Lincoln University
- Maryville University
- Missouri Southern State University
- Missouri State University
- Missouri Western State University
- Northwest Missouri State University
- Rockhurst University
- Saint Louis University
- Southeast Missouri State University
- State Technical College of Missouri
- Truman State University
- University of Missouri
- University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Missouri University of Science and Technology
- University of Missouri-St. Louis
- Westminster College
- Missouri Department of Mental Health
- Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse*
- Youth Suicide Prevention Project*
- Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control
- Missouri Department of Transportation, Division of Highway Safety*
- Missouri Department of Public Safety, Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program*
*Denotes funding source
Our Mission & History
Partners in Prevention’s mission is to create a campus, city, and state environment that supports positive health and safety behaviors by the college students who attend higher education institutions in the state of Missouri. Since 2000, PIP's primary focus is on decreasing at-risk drinking by students on Missouri's college and university campuses. Since its founding, PIP has provided training and networking to its members through monthly meetings, assisted in developing a campus-community coalition on each member campus, annual evaluation of alcohol and drug use behaviors and related consequences, and drive-in workshops and conferences. Each campus in Missouri Partners in Prevention writes an annual strategic plan for prevention, guided by data, to identify those problems and strategies most relevant for their campus communities.
In addition to PIP’s work with high risk drinking, Partners in Prevention also provides technical assistance and support to campuses on issues such as underage drinking, suicide prevention and college student mental health, safe driving behaviors, problem gambling, and tobacco cessation and prevention.
Partners in Prevention is funded by the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse with additional funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division, the Missouri Department of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Project, SAMSHA’s Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention program, the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Training Program.
Mission of Partners In Prevention
To create a campus, city and state environment that supports good decision making in regards to alcohol by the college students who attend the higher education institutions in the State of Missouri.
To create a state-wide coalition of public institutions of higher education in Missouri and relevant state agencies (the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Missouri Department of Liquor Control and the Missouri Division of Highway Safety) to Collaboratively develop strategies for reducing and preventing high-risk drinking among Missouri college students. The goals are as follows:
- To establish a communication network among the public institutions of higher education in Missouri and state agencies to create effective strategies for addressing the abuse of alcohol and other drugs among Missouri college students.
- To provide on-going training opportunities for higher education professionals and students on the effective prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse among Missouri college students.
- To facilitate evaluation efforts including an environmental assessment, needs assessments, establishment of baseline data of students' AOD usage patterns, and measuring the effectiveness of policy changes and program implementation over the grant period.
- To provide resources that the campuses can access in order to create on-going, creative and effective prevention efforts.
- An increase in the number of campus/community coalitions throughout the state.
- An increase in the skill level of those students and professionals who participate in training opportunities.
- To collect baseline data on students at all participating Missouri colleges and universities.
- A decrease in availability of alcohol to college students.
- An increase in the number of alternative, alcohol free programming on the participating campus communities.
- A decrease in student drinking rates including; binge drinking, average number of drinks per week and number of times students drink per week.
- A decrease in the negative consequences of binge drinking including violence.
- An increase in the accuracy of students' perception of their peer's AOD use.
Recognition for PIP
In 2009 Partners in Prevention was the recipient of CADCA's 2009 Got Outcomes! Coalition of Excellence Award, winning in the Coalition in Focus category, which recognizes coalitions that demonstrate contributions to communitywide declines for one substance-related issue. See the feature story here: http://www.cadca.org/resources/detail/got-outcomes-feature-missouri-partners-prevention
In 2008, the National Prevention Network recognized the work of Partners in Prevention with the 2008 National Exemplary Award for Innovative in Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies.
For more about the National Prevention Network, click here. http://swpc.ou.edu/npn/