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University of Iowa News Release

March 12, 2004

Community Group Receives Award From Governor

A Keokuk County group developed by the University of Iowa Prevention Research Center has been awarded the "Above and Beyond" award from Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack. The award honors groups and individuals who have made an outstanding and positive influence on the lives of Iowa children. It was presented to the group, called the Adolescent Alcohol Prevention Working Group, Feb. 26 in Des Moines.

The award was presented to the group for their leadership in Keokuk County's adoption of a county-wide keg registration ordinance that went into effect on Jan. 7, 2004. This was the first such ordinance in the state of Iowa and is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors and increase adult accountability.

The Adolescent Alcohol Prevention Working Group is a community group made up of county and city officials, retailers, clergy, educators, students, and residents, and it is part of the Community Health Action Partnership (CHAP). CHAP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the UI College of Public Health. John Lowe, Dr.P.H., professor and head of Community and Behavioral Health, is the principal investigator on the grant.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACTS: Media: Jennifer Cook, 319-335-8350, jennifer-a-cook@uiowa.edu; CHAP Information: Shellie Streigel, Community Health Action Partnership, 641-622-2519