Mission Statement:

“To promote the well-being of our community’s chemical health through education, prevention and awareness.”

History of HCHAC:

The Hibbing Chemical Health Advisory Committee (HCHAC) was established in April of 2009 by the Community Health Outreach Coordinator (CHOC) at Fairview Range in order to address the needs of the community around chemical use. HCHAC members consist of school staff, community college staff, law enforcement, religious leaders, judicial members, attorneys, public health personnel, healthcare professionals including a physician and a pharmacist, city employees and the regional prevention coordinator. The committee has hosted guest speakers to present to parents and community members about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. They have worked with the City of Hibbing staff and the High School staff to reduce the amount of alcohol and drug problems in the student/city parking lot. Members are passionate and committed to reducing the harms caused by alcohol and drugs. Key stakeholders in our community include:

  • Fairview Range
  • Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board
  • Essentia Health
  • Faith community members
  • Hibbing Community College
  • Hibbing Police Department
  • Independent School District 701
  • Prevention professionals
  • State of Minnesota Judicial Branch
  • St. Louis County Attorneys
  • St. Louis County Public Health
  • Area Businesses
  • Concerned Citizens

Summary of what HCHAC has done and currently been working on:

In January of 2012, the HCHAC received a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) from MN Department of Human Services Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division in the amount of $195,604.00 for Phase One of the grant. The purpose of this grant is to assist the Hibbing Chemical Health Advisory Committee in using a public health model to address the following three Minnesota substance abuse issues:
  • Past 30 day alcohol use among youth
  • Recent binge drinking among youth
  • Recent binge drinking among 18-25 year olds
With Phase One funding, the committee was able to employ a full-time grant coordinator, conduct community needs assessments, build capacity, and plan evidence-based prevention activities base on documented needs, resources and data. From doing this, we narrowed down our top local conditions (the root causes of alcohol use among young people specific to Hibbing) and came up with evidence-based strategies by examining research in order to address these local conditions. The strategies HCHAC selected are: AlcoholEdu for High School students, Parents, and College; Compliance Checks and Responsible Beverage Service Training; Zero Adult Providers (ZAP); Alcohol Restrictions/Best Practices at Community Events; Community-Wide Social Norms Campaign; and a Young Adult Social Marketing Campaign.

Phase Two of the grant is now focusing on program implementation and evaluation. We are working with our key stakeholders to implement these strategies and then evaluate them.

Among other accomplishments, the HCHAC was involved in assisting the City of Hibbing in adopting a Social Host Ordinance in 2010. We have created Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness materials and have hosted speakers to address substance abuse related topics in the community. HCHAC was also very influential in starting up the Teens Against Drugs & Alcohol (TADA) youth group at the Hibbing High School for 6th-12th graders. They have done many events to make the community of Hibbing more aware of the consequences of underage drinking and providing their peers with alternative activities. Some things they have done include a Ping Pong Tournament, 6th grade dance, participating in the Hibbing Jubilee Street Parade, and many more activities thus far (more TADA information and upcoming events is in the “Events” and "TADA" tab).

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SPF SIG Strategies

Zero Adult Provider (ZAP):
Local Conditions Addressed:
  • Youth who report drinking in the past 30 days indicating they got alcohol from friends 
  • 18-25 year olds reporting that in their community it is not very likely or not at all likely that police would arrest an adult who is believed to have provided alcohol for persons under 21
  • 18-25 year olds reporting they have ever provided alcohol to someone underage
About ZAP:
  • We are currently implementing ZAP in Hibbing. There are three important parts to the ZAP strategy:
    • KNOW IF and WHEN underage drinking is happening
    • IDENTIFY and CHARGE not only the underage drinkers, but more importantly, the illegal provider
    • Ensure CONSEQUENCES make a difference
  • With ZAP, law enforcement will be conducting source investigations to identify the source of alcohol every time minors are found drinking. 
  • ZAP will help reduce social access to alcohol by holding adults who do provide to minors accountable.
  • Holding illegal providers accountable requires law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and other community partners in order to be fully effective. 
Alcohol Restrictions at Community Events:

Local Conditions Addressed:
  • Low level of awareness of/education on alcohol-related problems in the community
  • High number of community events where alcohol is not restricted

Alcohol restrictions at community events include policies that control the availability and use of alcohol at public events. Restrictions on alcohol at community events may reduce alcohol related issues including traffic crashes, vandalism, and fighting. Policies that we would like to implement at community events in Hibbing include checking IDs for ALL alcohol sales, increasing security, designated areas for selling alcohol at community events, wristbands to distinguish minors, stop sales of alcohol before the end of the event, required RBST for all servers before the event, have distinguishable cups for alcohol, prevent people from leaving designated area with alcohol, limit cup size for alcohol, restrict number of drinks per sale per person, and restrict age of servers (over 21).

AlcoholEdu for High School:

Local Conditions Addressed:
  • Youth who report drinking in the past 30 days indicating they got alcohol from friends 
  • Perception that using alcohol and binge drinking is just what kids do
AlcoholEdu is an evidence-based education and prevention course made up of surveys that measure changes in attitudes and behaviors or students, tests and exams that measure student’s knowledge, and course lessons that refer to educational/prevention content material. It is a prevention program that is intended to educate high school students about the effects of drinking through a lot of interaction that will help them understand how their decisions about alcohol can impact their life. It also recognizes the many tough decisions that teens face and provides them with knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions about drinking, such as not asking friends for alcohol, or refusing it from them if they are offered.

Responsible Beverage Service Training (RBST) and Alcohol Compliance Checks:

Local Conditions Addressed:
  • 18-25 year olds reporting that in their community it is not very likely or not at all likely that police would arrest an adult who is believed to have provided alcohol for persons under 21
  • High number of community events where alcohol is not restricted
About RBST
  • Responsible Beverage Service Training (RBST) can help servers and managers prevent over serving (continuing to serve alcohol to already intoxicated patrons), impaired driving, and underage sales, as well as, can help employees recognize fraudulent IDs. Many insurance companies offer a discount on insurance for establishments who participate in a RBST program.
  • RBST helps alcohol servers and sellers do their jobs. Servers and sellers can face criminal and civil liability if they make an illegal sale. Sellers and servers deserve an opportunity to be trained on how to sell alcohol safely and legally.
  • RBST reminds servers and sellers of the importance of checking IDs and helps them identify fraudulent IDs. RBST also covers signs of intoxication to help staff know when a customer should be cut off from alcohol sales. Reducing the likelihood of sales to intoxicated and underage customers helps protect our communities and youth.
About Compliance Checks:
Compliance checks, which involve law enforcement and underage decoys attempting to purchase alcohol, are done once a year by the Hibbing PD to all establishments with a liquor license in the community. We have talked with key stakeholders to conduct them 3 times a year with re-checks on the establishments that failed.

Vision Statement:

“To have a community where people embrace a healthy lifestyle free from the misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.”