Mollie Stevens, from the Impact Prevention in Lawrence County, talks about the 2016-2019 mini-grants awarded to the Adams County Medical Foundation and Impact Prevention from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to build workforce capacity and create an infrastructure for data-driven substance use prevention.
With funding from the Appalachian New Economy Partnership, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs was able to provide training, technical assistance, and evaluation services to support a non-profit prevention agency in Lawrence County and a philanthropic foundation in Adams County as they worked to reduce the impact of underage drinking in their communities.
In 2020, these two agencies collaborated with the Voinovich School to win a $1.5 million award from the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over the next five years, these partners will work together to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse.
Photo essay from 2019-20 Voinovich Photojournalism Fellow Lauren Santucci.