Health Education, Alcohol, and Drug Prevention

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Community Coalition

The TC Community Coalition was established in 2018 to carry out the prevention strategies of the College Environmental Prevention Grant. The Coalition is vital to bringing key stakeholders to the table to help with choosing and implementing effective environmental strategies to prevent and reduce underage drinking and substance use and its negative consequences. 

Our Mission

The TC Community Coalition works to promote responsible decision-making about alcohol and other drug use.
We identify factors supporting high-risk and illegal drinking and drug use; analyze data; and implement proven and promising strategies to create positive change. Together, we seek to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of our communities.

Tompkins Cortland Best Life Campaign

The Tompkins Cortland Best Life Campaign is a community- and campus-wide health communication initiative that promotes positive academic and social behavior in our campus community. Using a blend of statistics and messages around mental, physical, and emotional health, Best Life speaks to students in a non-judgmental way with respect and empathy.

At its core, Best Life is a social norming campaign focused on reducing the consequences of alcohol and drug use. Did you know that 7 out of 10 Tompkins Cortland students don't like to drink or only drink 1 - 3 drinks when they do? And that 75% of students haven't smoked marijuana in the past month? Using drugs and alcohol is not the norm here. Learn more at You Define Your Best Life.

Gathering and Sharing Information

Student surveys

Every other year, hundreds of TC students are surveyed to track their beliefs and behaviors around alcohol and other drugs. Survey data helps the Coalition identify issues and trends, while evaluating the impact of its strategies.

Focus groups

Student focus groups help gather data for our needs assessment and develop and evaluate messages used in marketing materials as well as programs/prevention strategies.

Strengthening policies

The Policy and Enforcement Workgroup remains committed to the reviewing of the AOD Policies. 

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Implementing SBIRT

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a structured set of questions and a brief follow-up discussion between a student and a Health and Wellness staff member designed to address alcohol and drug use problems.




The Options Program

The Options Program is Tompkins Cortland Community College’s confidential, short-term alcohol and drug education service. The mission of the Options Program is to support student learning and promote campus and community wellness by reducing alcohol and other drug abuse and related consequences. 

For more information
Call Matt Kiechle | Director of Health and Wellness Services | at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4540