The Maryland Collaborative addresses and seeks to make a measurable difference in excessive drinking and related harms among college students as a statewide public health problem.
College student drinking problems exact enormous social and economic costs for families, friends, and the community-at-large, including assaults, injuries, drunk driving, alcohol abuse and dependency, and death. Colleges and universities have a limited ability to address the problem without partnerships and collaborations at the local and state levels. The Maryland Collaborative is made up of colleges and universities whose presidents have signaled that they are willing to work with community partners to reduce college alcohol use and create environments, policies and practices that support a safe and healthy college experience that prepares students to succeed in college and in the rest of their lives.
While the Maryland Collaborative provides ongoing technical assistance and support to the campuses whose presidents have joined the Governance Council, many of its resources are available to other colleges and universities as well. These resources include the College Parents Matter website, the Guide to Best Practices, and at least one training or statewide conference each year that is open to interested participants from any Maryland campus.
The Maryland Collaborative is a growing network of 15 colleges and universities across the state whose presidents have agreed to work together with community partners to reduce alcohol use on their campuses and create environments, policies and practices using data-driven approaches.
The Maryland Collaborative is led by a Governance Council of 15 college and university presidents throughout the state, and staffed by faculty and staff at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems began in 2012 with funding from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Since its inception, the Maryland Collaborative schools and their community partners have led successful efforts to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce excessive college drinking in Maryland.
Successes include new local ordinances that deter loud and unruly off-campus parties where excessive drinking often occur, statewide laws that ban the sale of dangerous products, and increased enforcement that led to the closing or suspension of problem bars. The Maryland Collaborative has also developed stronger systems for screening and intervention for at-risk students, and created an annual student survey to measures progress toward its goals.
The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems is funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.