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UH Wellness wins Dept. of Education grant.

UH Wellness, led by its director and adjunct HHP faculty Dr. Gail Hudson-Gillan and Gaylyn Maurer, UH Wellness Outreach Counselor, was selected as a recipient of the "Models of Exemplary, Effective, and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses Grant Program" from the US Department of Education. UH wellness was one of only 5 nationwide awardees.

This prestigious award is a national recognition of alcohol or other drug abuse prevention programs that have been deemed a best practice. They MUST have demonstrated not only an evidence based approach, but they must be research driven (with a demonstrated outcome for at least two years).

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Dr. Gail Hudson-Gillan

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Ms. Gaylyn Maurer

Below is a brief description of the UH wellness program.

The University of Houston’s comprehensive prevention program is theory-driven and research-based, implementing strategies based on recommendations from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Task Force on College Drinking. Two-year trend data have shown a reduction in selected negative consequences and an increase in abstinence rates, particularly among underage students.

One of the program’s components, Intent and Motivation: Alcohol Group Exercise (IMAGE), has resulted in implementation of self-protective behaviors consistently among high-risk groups (Greek Life, student athletes, and residence hall students) since January 2006. Additionally, the IMAGE intervention was evaluated using a quasi-experimental design with multivariate logistic regression analyses. Results indicated that students who attended a session were statistically more likely to consume fewer drinks per week, drink fewer times per month, and experience fewer negative consequences than those who did not.

Visit the US Dept. of Education 2008 grant awardees page for more details

Visit the UH wellness website