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File #: 19-7978   
Type: Miscellaneous Item
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 11/14/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance approving an agreement with the University of Texas at San Antonio and accepting payment from UTSA in the amount of $7,500.00 per year for five years for a total amount of $37,500.00 for epidemiological services provided by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District for the Preventing Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse project, for a term beginning November 30, 2019 and ending September 29, 2024. [Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager; Jennifer Herriott, MPH, Interim Director, Health]
Attachments: 1. PAASA Budget 2019-2024, 2. Draft Ordinance, 3. Standard Service Agreement, 4. Ordinance 2019-11-14-0968
DEPARTMENT: Health


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jennifer Herriott, MPH


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide


SUBJECT:

Authorizing an agreement with the University of Texas at San Antonio for the provision of epidemiological services for the Preventing Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse project

SUMMARY:

This ordinance authorizes an agreement with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and authorizes the acceptance of compensation from UTSA in the amount of $37,500.00 for the period November 30, 2019 through September 29, 2024, for San Antonio Metropolitan Heath District's (Metro Health's) activities supporting the Preventing Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse (PAASA) project.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Alcohol remains widely used by adolescents, teens, and young adults in the US. Although drinking in middle and high school has been declining since the 1990s (showing the efficacy of public health campaigns), some 8% of American 8th graders reported drinking an alcoholic beverage during the past month (Johnston et al., 2019), with the percentage increasing with age. These numbers are larger in Texas with 15% and 20% of 7th and 8th graders, respectively, reporting drinking alcohol in the past month, and 34% and 43% of these students reporting ever using alcohol.

Tafolla Middle School, located just west of downtown San Antonio and comprised primarily of economically disadvantaged (95.1%) and Latino students (96.5%), is no exception. The possession, sale, and use of marijuana are ongoing problems; according to the SAISD Discipline Report by Campus, these accounted for an annual average of 12 offenses from 2016-2018. There is a clear need for improvement in addressing underage alcohol use and abuse in Texas schools. In addition to risky behaviors like drunk driving, alcohol use can affect adolescent health at a biological level, including neural development and brain architecture (Squeglia and Gray, 2016). Longitudinal studies have found that heavy subst...

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