In 2005, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA/CSAP) contracted McFarland & Associates to develop a program to coordinate the development of peer-led, culturally and age-appropriate prevention services to reduce the risk of substance abuse and HIV on minority campuses across the country. McFarland created the MEI Program Coordinating Center (PCC).
The MEI effort included Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs); Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges/Universities (TCUs). MEI-PCC provided a range of services to CSAP and the institutions in coordinating this initiative, including:
The MEI-PCC worked with 20 minority-serving institutions. The projects were responsible for providing peer-led prevention education interventions, including educational sessions, health promotion events, media outreach/awareness activities, and HIV testing. The schools included:
The impact of the MEI Initiative was evident in the number of minority college students who received prevention education and services. The data collected also indicated a significant decrease in the number of drug- and alcohol-related incidents and arrests on these campuses. Combined, these colleges/universities achieved the following:
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