Coalition members and collaborators gather Thursday, March 22, to push forward with programs and planning.

Youth Anti-Substance Abuse Coalition Presses Forward with Outreach, Data Survey

Published March 23, 2018

Data on teen substance abuse is one of the most useful tools for evaluating usage and the effectiveness of programs to combat it, and the McKinley Park Underage Drinking & Other Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (McK-UDOS) is pushing forward with assisting rollout of the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey.

At its meeting on Thursday, March 22, at its sponsor, the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA), the coalition highlighted plans to help implement the school-conducted survey and noted the usefulness of its results. "It's difficult to find local data for substance abuse," said MAHA Executive Director Dr. Hong Liu.

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Schools are still being sought to participate in the survey, including McKinley Park neighborhood schools, and any interested institutions can get signed up by contacting MAHA Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator Vernalynne De La Rosa at

The Illinois Youth Survey queries students in sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades on substance use. Past results have informed the strategies used in the coalition's current media campaign, consisting of outreach messaging to parents and students in English, Spanish and Chinese languages. 

Additional meeting business included updates on coalition-led parent workshops with the help of Project Vision, plans for Alcohol Awareness Month and brainstorming future program and strategy ideas.

The next meeting of the coalition is set for June 21, 2018.

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