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Attend A Town Hall Meeting March 2010 on Underage Drinking

rockkozikvotetrisharoth-22January 2010
TO: AAP Chapter Presidents and Vice Presidents
AAP Chapter Executive Directors
AAP Chapter COA Chairs
AAP Chapter COSA Chairs
FR: Janet F. Williams, MD, Chairperson
AAP Committee on Substance Abuse
Elizabeth M. Alderman, MD, Chairperson
AAP Section on Adolescent Health
RE: Underage Drinking – Request for Town Hall Meetings
(week of March 22, 2010)
Sponsored and Supported by SAMHSA
Response Requested by February 5, 2010
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is seeking the Academy’s collaboration on a project to address the underage drinking issue. They will be supporting more than 2,000 Town Hall meetings across the country this spring and are asking local organizations/chapters to schedule these meetings during the week of March 22, 2010, in an effort to increase participation in the annual Alcohol Awareness Month (in April).
As a leader in your AAP chapter, we are asking for your participation in this project. A stipend of $500 will be provided to your chapter to help defray expenses related to holding these meetings. In addition, a variety of online resources will be made available to you to support and facilitate the planning of these events. The Academy is also offering a consultant to assist you, Dr. Richard Heyman, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in these types of events. He is currently our liaison to the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free and has worked closely with First Lady of Ohio, Hope Taft.
Further information about this initiative, along with materials on how to plan a local event and a clickable map that provides details about every registered event can be found at
For the past few years, the Academy has been involved at the local level with The Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free efforts to combat underage drinking, and the local chapters’ efforts have been very successful. The state Governors’ Spouses group has been very active and helpful in assisting local organizations get their projects underway. The Academy could get you in touch with the Governors’ Spouses for collaboration.
We urge you to get involved with this effort by contacting Karen Smith by February 5th at the AAP national office at 800/433-9016 ext 7941 or by emailing her at
Thank you.

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Ken Schonlau’s memorial

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