October 8, 2020
Weber-Morgan Health Department Funds Local Prevention Programs with E-Cig Tax Dollars
(Ogden, UT) – During the 2020 General Session, the Utah State Legislature appropriated funds from the newly passed state excise tax on the sale of electronic cigarette to the E-cigarette, Marijuana, & Other Drug Prevention Grant Program. Weber-Morgan Health Department, along with the other 12 local health departments across the state of Utah has been granted pass through funds to address root causes and factors associated with the use of electronic cigarettes, marijuana and other drugs.
We are pleased to announce the local partners that will be funded under the fiscal year 2021 grant cycle are:
- Bonneville Communities That Care Coalition
- Comunidades Unidas
- Ogden School District Student Advocacy Services
- Roy Communities That Care
- Weber School District Student Services
The five agencies were chosen from several local community coalitions, government and education agencies that submitted proposals for programming. A committee comprised of members of the community, stakeholder organizations and representatives from Weber State University, the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the Weber-Morgan Board of Health reviewed and selected the grantees. The aim of this funding is to identify innovative projects and partnerships across Weber and Morgan counties who are committed to addressing “upstream” factors by focusing on one or more risk or protective factors identified in the Utah Student Health and Risk Prevention Statewide Survey. Substance misuse/abuse continue to be an important public health concern contributing to morbidity and mortality rates. Evidence shows that the initiation of substance use in adolescence can lead to higher levels of misuse, abuse, and substance use disorders later in life. Research on risk and protective factors has important implications for children’s academic success, positive youth development, and prevention of health and behavior problems.
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