Project Name: Drug Free Community in Chicago McKinley Park
The Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) on behalf of the McKinley Park and Other Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (McK-UDOS) is pleased to apply for the DFC grant sponsored by SAMHSA to implement the substance abuse prevention program that focuses on underage drinking and marihuana use prevention, targeting the youth ages 12-19 in the McKinley Park community of Chicago.
McKinley Park of Chicago, Illinois has a population of about 16,336. It is among the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city, with 17.2% Whites, 3.1% Blacks, 58.8% Hispanic, and 19.2% Asians (American Community Survey, 2015). Asians increased by more than 100% between 2000 and 2010 (U.S. Census, 2010). McKinley Park has a sizable youth population whereby over 28% of its residents are 19 years or younger. About 37% of the children in the community live in poverty (100% of poverty level), and 61% live in low-income families. In 2015, 27.8% of the population earned a household income of less than $25,000. The median income was $43,828, slightly lower than the city’s at $48,522. About 30% of the population does not have a high school diploma, which is significantly higher than 19% citywide. Around 14% of McKinley Park’s residents in the labor force are unemployed as compared to 12.1% citywide (American Community Survey, 2015). With high levels of poverty, unemployment, crime, and other significant challenges, residents of McKinley Park are vulnerable to substance abuse and its related problems.
McK-UDOS was created in March 2014 along with its mission and vision statements and organizational structure. In 2015, MAHA was awarded the Drug Free Community Support (DFC) grant on behalf of McK-UDOS Coalition to prevent underage drinking and adolescent marijuana use in McKinley Park. The coalition collected relevant qualitative and quantitative data to assess the problem of youth substance use in the community. Based on the outcome of these assessments and surveys, McK-UDOS Coalition developed its logic model, strategic plan, and action plan.
The purpose of the this program is to establish and strengthen collaborations to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. There are two goals: Goal One: Increase community collaboration; Objective 1: Increase McK-UDOS’ collaboration and effectiveness in the community resulting in an increase in membership by 15% by Sept. 30, 2021. Goal Two: Reduce youth substance use. These two goals are achieved through 3 measurable objectives using 8 strategies. Objective 1: Decrease the percentage of high school students (10th and 12th graders) reporting 30-day past use of alcohol by 5% in 2020-2021, as measured by the Illinois Youth Survey. Objective 2: Decrease the percentage of high school students (10th and 12th graders) reporting 30-day past use of marijuana by 4.5% in 2020-2021, as measured by the Illinois Youth Survey. This proposed program will reach 4,536 youth and families per year for five years for underage drinking and marijuana use prevention. Our 12-month Action Plan is built on SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), a five-step evidence-based process for community planning and decision-making.