In collaboration with the Prevention Research Center CSU Long Beach is part of the Safer California Universities Project, a multi-campus research study involving seven CSU campuses and eight UC campuses. The Student Alcohol Survey was first administered online to 1,000 students in Fall 2003. The Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD) Program is currently involved in collecting archival data and collaborating with the campus Student Health Services, Residence Halls, University Police, and other local law enforcement agencies.
Tobacco use is an avoidable cause of illness and death in our society. Although the dangers of smoking have been well defined, many continue to use tobacco products that may cost them their lives. College students are not immune to these behaviors. Fortunately, research shows that many smokers are interested in quitting and have often had past attempts at cessation. Unfortunately, clinicians are not capitalizing on this opportunity. Many smokers report that at recent medical visits they were not asked about their tobacco use, nor were smokers offered cessation assistance.
Under the guidance of the Student Health Services (SHS) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Program, and the Health Resource Center (HRC) have created the "QUIT NOW" Smoking Cessation Program to both encourage SHS clinicians to inquire about tobacco use while offering cessation assistance, and providing health education tools to smokers interested in quitting. The goal is to provide willing smokers with clinical and health education resources to quit including pharmacological treatment, and counseling. There will also be a study evaluating the effectiveness of the "QUIT NOW" program conducted on a select group of students. "QUIT NOW" is another step towards meeting the needs of SHS patients. The program will provide more exposure to cessation resource which may increase attempts to cease tobacco use.
The purpose of the Health Status and Risk Behavior Survey for CSULB Athletic, Greek Life, and Residential Life Students is to investigate the health status and risk behaviors of CSULB Athletic, Greek Life, and Residential Life in order to improve our services at the Student Health Services.
Risk management refers to strategies designed to reduce the potential for loss before it occurs. Risk management as we will use it in this project includes the following elements: