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The Higher Education Center provides resources and skills for campus professionals to learn more about model programs and best practices for effective substance misuse prevention.

For more information about how we can help your campus, visit our Technical Assistance page.

Social Ecological Model for Prevention

Motivations for engaging in high-risk behaviors vary from person to person, as do the motivations for changing or reducing such behaviors. A comprehensive prevention approach seeks to bring about behavior change by promoting positive behaviors and norms and discouraging high-risk behaviors. This approach involves a range of activities such as: screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for students; policy changes and consistent enforcement at the campus and community levels; awareness activities aimed at groups known to be at higher risk for engaging in problem behaviors; and health protection programs aimed at minimizing alcohol and other drug abuse related harms. cdc-prevention-diagram-2


“Components of Strategic Planning” strategic components to help focus prevention efforts

“Coalitions” involving the right individuals to move prevention efforts forward

“Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act” (DFSCA) drug and alcohol regulations for institutions of higher education

“Evaluation” an important part of effective prevention

“Evidence-Based Prevention Strategies” tools to increase chances for success

“Needs Assessment” the first step in the prevention process

“Campus and Community Readiness” nine indicators of community readiness to implement a prevention initiative

“Strategic Planning” a process for targeting specific problems

“Support from College Presidents” outlines importance as well as key areas to gain college president’s support in prevention

Higher Education Center Publications

The Off-Campus Environment: Approaches for Reducing Alcohol and Other Drug Problems” – introduces a broad range of strategies for addressing alcohol- and other drug-related problems off campus.

Evaluating Environmental Management Approaches to Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention” – orients college and university administrators who are interested in learning how to evaluate prevention programs based on the environmental management approach.

Responsible Hospitality” – looks at key elements of successful Responsible Hospitality, offering recommendations and resources for what campuses can do, and examples of RH programs at 11 different campuses.

The Role of State, Community, and Institutional Policy in the Prevention of College Alcohol Problems”  – encourages campus administrators in a state to work together to introduce policies that make the environment less supportive of high-risk alcohol use.

Stadium Alcohol Management” – outlines ways to manage a stadium effectively to reduce high-risk drinking and related consequences


Resources for Your Campus 

Starting prevention, treatment, and recovery programs on your campus can be a challenging task. The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention’s mission is to offer effective and accessible tools that you can use to guide your team through the process of developing initiatives that can create real change on your campus.

get-our-help-student-meetingThe Higher Education Center has several packages available to assist your campus in creating, implementing and evaluating comprehensive, effective prevention programs, environmental policies and recovery programs to better utilize your available resources. If resources are the issue, the Higher Education Center can help you advocate for additional resources to meet your campus’ needs. Learn more about our resources and tools for prevention and recovery below.

To speak with a HECAOD staff member about how we can assist your campus, please call 614-292-5572 or email hecaod@osu.edu.

To learn more about how HECAOD can support your campus, visit our Technical Assistance page.

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