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REGION 6 ADMINISTRATION

Middle Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative

Carmen Caldwell, MPA, M.Div, PA

Carmen Caldwell, MPA, M.Div, PA has been with the Council since 2014. Prior to coming on board, Carmen was a member of the Region 6 Community Prevention Awareness Workgroup (CPAW). When a position opened in Region 6 to join the Council, Carmen was a great fit given her extensive community involvement with the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative.
 
Carmen currently serves as the Project Director for the Region 6 Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative. She brings extensive experience in working with youth. She has served in youth ministry for over 16 years. She also served for over 5 years as the adult advisor for a community based youth group. Her connection with youth and her passion to see them thrive push Carmen to work diligently on substance abuse prevention. She wants to see young people reach their dreams and reminds them that fulfilling their dreams can leave them higher than any substance they use.
 
Carmen also has experience with governmental relations, having worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Seattle. This knowledge has been a good fit given the Council’s work with state and local governmental agencies.
 
Carmen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Albany State University, Albany, GA; a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Washington, Seattle, WA; and a Master in Divinity degree from McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA. She also holds the designation of Prevention Apprentice through the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia (PCCG). Carmen has training as a life coach, facilitator, and speaker. She brings all of her experience and skills to increase awareness of substance abuse prevention among young people and within the communities she serves.

Contact Details

Carmen Caldwell
P.O. Box 2137
Griffin, GA 30224
Phone: (404) 223-6604
Fax: (470) 239-1687
Email: ccaldwell(at)livedrugfree.org

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The Council on Alcohol and Drugs has launched an Alcohol Awareness Campaign for Georgia parents and caregivers in Middle Georgia to help provide resources and information to protect our underage youth from the harmful effects of drinking alcohol.

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 10, September 14 at 12 noon

(CPAW) Community Prevention Awareness Workgroup Meeting - Spalding County Health Department

PREVENTION MATERIALS

The Middle Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative focuses on changing aspects of the environment that contribute to the abuse of alcohol. Environmental strategies aim to decrease the social and health consequences of alcohol abuse by limiting access to substances and changing social norms that are accepting and permissive of substance abuse.

COMMUNITY PARTNER SHOWCASE

Tri-County Family Connection
georgia department of public health
 Telfair County School District

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Spalding County Collaborative Authority For Families & Children, Inc.

Crosswalk

Candler County School District
Wheeler County Schools
Montgomery County Schools

Pike County Middle School

Eagles Landing Middle School

Kennedy Road Middle School

Candler County School District
Wheeler County Schools
Montgomery County Schools

Griffin-Spalding County Mentor Program

Stockbridge Middle School

Pike Community Resource Network

The Middle Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative is working with community partners through a Community Prevention Alliance Workgroup (CPAW) which consists of three sub-groups: Epidemiological Workgroup (to conduct the needs assessments), Planning and Operations Workgroup (for strategic planning and overseeing implementation) and an Evaluation and Sustainability Workgroup (to evaluate the implementation).

REGION 6 COMMUNITY SPECIFIC STRATEGIES

Underage Drinking Prevention in Spalding County

We conducted a Needs Assessment related to underage drinking in Spalding County. We found that there is great work going on.

  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and Red Ribbon Week Activities sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding County School System
  • Spalding Youth Advisory Council is actively involved in underage drinking prevention sponsored by the Spalding Collaborative
  • Georgia Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service (RASS) Program – a responsible alcohol sales and service training ordinance for alcohol retailers. Funding provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs and the Spalding County Collaborative Authority. RASS ordinance became effective October 1, 2012.

But we also found some areas to work on for improvement.

  • The average age of onset of alcohol use in Spalding County is 13 years old, equal to the state’s average age of onset of alcohol use.
  • 44% of middle school students "Strongly or Somewhat Agree" that it is easy to get alcohol in Spalding County.
  • 44.4% of middle school students said their friends drink alcohol on the weekends.
  • Spalding County middle school students said that 32.7% of their friends use alcohol at home and 32.8% use alcohol at a friend’s house

Our three goals for improvement:

​Goal 1 - Reduce the early onset of alcohol use among 9 - 20 year olds

​Goal 2 - Reduce access to alcohol and binge drinking among 9 - 20 year olds

​Goal 3 - Reduce binge and heavy drinking among 18 - 25 years old

Three strategies for improvement:

1. ​Positive Social Norms – We want to help Spalding County youth see that while some of their peers, the norm is that most of their peers do not drink. In this case, it is okay to be normal!

2. Counter-advertising – Youth have so much alcohol related advertisements, both formal and informal, thrown at them. We want to change or counter the negative impacts those advertising messages may have on a youth’s decision to participate in underage drinking.

3. Social Hosting Liability – We want to inform adults in Spalding County of their rights, responsibilities, and repercussions of providing alcohol to youth under the age of 21.

Spalding County Youth Advisory Council (YAC) – Underage Drinking Prevention Imitative

YAC is a group of middle and high school students in Spalding County working to promote healthy and responsible decisions among their peers. They also are a Youth Action Team through GUIDE, Inc. Over the 2013-2014 school year, YAC focused primarily on underage drinking prevention with their “Simply Sober, Simply Me” campaign. YAC students held a whiteboard and social media campaign getting their peers to write on whiteboards why they did not want to engage in underage drinking. You can find out more about YAC and their social media campaigns on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/183472495013388/ or on Twitter and Instagram: @simplysoberYAC.

Underage Drinking Prevention in Henry County

We conducted a Needs Assessment related to underage drinking in Henry County. We found that there is great work going on.

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness Youth Program sponsored by Piedmont Henry Hospital
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADPA) for high school students sponsored by the Henry County School System
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program for middle school students sponsored by the Henry County School System
  • Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T) Unit to enforce traffic law including driving under the influence sponsored by the Henry County Police Department

But we also found some areas to work on for improvement.

  • The average age of onset of alcohol use in Henry County is 13 years old, equal to the state’s average age of onset of alcohol use.
  • 48.4% of middle school students “Strongly or Somewhat Agree” that it is easy to get alcohol in Henry County.
  • 40.9% of middle school students said their friends drink alcohol on the weekends.
  • Henry County middle school students said that 30.9% of their friends use alcohol at home and 30.2% use alcohol at a friend’s house.

Our three goals for improvement:

​Goal 1 - Reduce the early onset of alcohol use among 9 - 20 year olds

​Goal 2 - Reduce access to alcohol and binge drinking among 9 - 20 year olds

​Goal 3 - Reduce binge and heavy drinking among 18 - 25 years old

Three strategies for improvement:

1. ​Positive Social Norms – We want to help Henry County youth see that while some of their peers, the norm is that most of their peers do not drink. In this case, it is okay to be normal!

2. Counter-advertising – Youth have so much alcohol related advertisements, both formal and informal, thrown at them. We want to change or counter the negative impacts those advertising messages may have on a youth’s decision to participate in underage drinking.​

​3. Social Hosting Liability – We want to inform adults in Henry County of their rights, responsibilities, and repercussions of providing alcohol to youth under the age of 21.

Underage Drinking Prevention in Pike County

We conducted a Needs Assessment related to underage drinking in Pike County. We found that there is great work going on.

  • Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (CHAMPS) program for 5th graders sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department.
  • Beyond the Bell sponsored by the Pike County Boys and Girls Club (active at the time of the Needs Assessment, but closed in Fall 2013)
  • Red Ribbon Week Activities in October sponsored by the Pike Community Resource Network
  • Georgia Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service (RASS) Program – a responsible alcohol sales and service training ordinance for alcohol retailers. Funding provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs and the Pike Community Resource Network. (Project ended on September 30, 2012.)

But we also found some areas to work on for improvement.

  • The average age of onset of alcohol use in Pike County is 12 years old, one year before the state’s average of 13 years old.
  • 51.1% of middle school students "Strongly or Somewhat Agree" that it is easy to get alcohol in Pike County.
  • 42.3% of middle school students said their friends drink alcohol on the weekends.
  • Pike County middle school students said that 32% of their friends use alcohol at home and 31% use alcohol at a friend’s house

Our three goals for improvement:

​Goal 1 - Reduce the early onset of alcohol use among 9 - 20 year olds

Goal 2 - Reduce access to alcohol and binge drinking among 9 - 20 year olds​

Goal 3 - Reduce binge and heavy drinking among 18 - 25 years old​

Three strategies for improvement:

1. ​Positive Social Norms – We want to help Pike County youth see that while some of their peers, the norm is that most of their peers do not drink. In this case, it is okay to be normal!

2. Counter-advertising – Youth have so much alcohol related advertisements, both formal and informal, thrown at them. We want to change or counter the negative impacts those advertising messages may have on a youth’s decision to participate in underage drinking.

​3. Social Hosting Liability – We want to inform adults in Pike County of their rights, responsibilities, and repercussions of providing alcohol to youth under the age of 21.

In 2015 underage drinking cost Georgia $1.4 billion.

WHY JUST ALCOHOL?

2,375

Alcohol kills more kids and young people ages 18-25 than all other drugs combined. Youth ages 9-20 use it more than any other substance. An average of 2,375 people in Georgia die from alcohol-related injuries or illness each year.

Alcohol is the 3rd leading cause of death in Georgia.