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.
Between 2016-2019, Impact Prevention and the Adams County Medical Foundation received mini-grants from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to build workforce capacity and create an infrastructure for data-driven substance use prevention.
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 by 2019-20 Voinovich Photojournalism Fellow Lauren Santucci.