Friday, November 30, 2012

Drugs & Alcohol Tied to Strokes in Young Adults

A new study reported that young adults that suffered strokes were often smokers or had abused drugs and alcohol in their lifetime.

Conducted in Ohio and Kentucky, the findings indicated that long term damage to the heart, blood, and arteries resulted from heavy drug use or drinking and put substance abusers at a higher than average risk earlier in life.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year, and strokes are the most common cause of serious long-term disability. One study of 2007 data found that almost five percent of people who had a stroke that year were between ages 18 and 44."
The current study included people from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky who'd had a stroke before they hit 55.

Dr. Brett Kissela from the University of Cincinnati and his colleagues reviewed medical charts for blood or urine test results or other records of substance abuse for close to 1,200 stroke patients.

In 2005, the most recent year covered, just over half of younger adults who suffered a stroke were smokers at the time, and one in five used illicit drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. Thirteen percent of people had used drugs or alcohol within 24 hours of their stroke, according to findings published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

"The rate of substance abuse, particularly illicit drug abuse, is almost certainly an underestimate because toxicology screens were not obtained on all patients," said Dr. Steven Kittner, a professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore who also wasn't part of the research team.

"It's certainly underreported," he told Reuters Health.

The rate of smoking, drug use and alcohol abuse - defined as three or more drinks per day - seemed to increase among stroke patients between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s.

But Kissela and his team said they can't be sure whether more people were actually using those substances or doctors were just getting better at testing for and recording drug abuse.

The study also can't prove that patients' drug or alcohol use directly contributed to their strokes. It's possible, for example, that people who abuse drugs also see their doctors less often or engage in other risky behaviors that increase their chance of stroke, Josephson explained.

He said the study emphasizes the importance of learning and quickly recognizing the signs of a stroke - such as weakness on one side of the body and dizziness - even for young people. Some treatments can only be used during a short "window of opportunity" after the stroke.

"We see patients all the time who have symptoms that are classic for a stroke and those symptoms are not recognized as being stroke symptoms because of the idea that, รข€˜Well, that's something that happens only to older people,'" he said.
Source: The Chicago Tribune

UDETC Offers Free Training Courses


The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center is offering FREE distance traning opportunities that provide local neighorhoods with useful information on best practices to address the serious problem of underage drinking.  Current courses include:

  • Conducting Compliance Check OperationsThis four-hour online training provides basic guidelines and operational information on reducing sales of alcohol to underage purchasers through compliance investigations of alcohol retailers. The course presents rationales for carrying out these investigations and emphasizes the importance of reducing youth access to alcohol thereby reducing youth related crime in the community and improving the quality of life. 

  • Environmental StrategiesThis two-hour online training is designed to increase the participant's skill level and understanding of environmental prevention practices and share effective strategies for States, Territories, and/or communities to address alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems from an environmental standpoint.

  • Party Prevention and Controlled Party Dispersal - New!This 6-hour training discusses the role of enforcement and community agencies in preventing underage drinking parties and safely dispersing them when they do occur. It describes the problem of underage drinking in general and youth drinking parties in particular. This course recognizes that to be successful, any underage drinking strategy must be supported by law enforcement, the judiciary and the community. Consequently, this course examines not only the mechanics of successful controlled party dispersal operations, but also how controlled party dispersal is part of a larger effort to focus investigations, change community perceptions and promote joint law enforcement and community efforts. This course includes information on conducting controlled party dispersal operations, legal strategies, marketing and media and police – community roles and relationships.

  • The UDETC offers a wide array of information, resources, and funding opportunities to assist local communities address the issues and consequences associated with underage alcohol sure to check it out.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Branding + Fundraising = SUCCESS!!

    Our friends at Big Duck are hosting an upcoming "Bagels at Big Duck" workshop entitled, "Brandraise to Fundraise". 

    This topic discusses how communities can use their brand identity to help improve fundraising campaigns.

    When: Thursday, December 6, 2012
    Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
    Where: Big Duck, 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn 11201

    Cost: $40.00


    Overview: Campaigns are always an opportunity to emotionally connect with your community, and your brand should be the foundation of any fundraising effort.

    Ready to explore how branding and fundraising go hand in hand, but not sure where to begin? 

    Explore how to speak with a single voice across all channels of communication, learn how your brand will strengthen future fundraising campaigns, and enjoy some bagels and coffee.

    REMINDER:  Big Duck will also be presenting our upcoming workshop, "Is It Time to Rethink Your Website?"  

    When:Thursday, January 17th, 2013.
    Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: FREE

    This presentation offers a a guide to understanding how websites have changed over time; discuss the benefits and drawbacks of redesigning your site; and learn about the features necessary to make your website useful and relevant to your target audience.

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Partnership for a Healthier NYC - Neighborhood Grants

    Partnership for a Healthier NYC - Neighborhood Grants
    NOVEMBER 26, 2012. The Fund for Public Health in NYC on behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) and the Partnership for Healthier New York City released a Request For Proposals to support local neighborhoods in the development and implementation of community-wide environmental strategies that address issues of:

    Healthy Eating:
    In collaboration with the Borough Lead Organization for the Neighborhood Contractor applicant’s borough, work to develop and implement evidence-based/evidence-informed, environmentally impactful and scalable projects that will result in the availability of healthier food options and reductions in unhealthy foods/beverages and/or portion sizes to a significant portion of the neighborhood’s residents.

    In collaboration with the Borough Lead Organization for the Neighborhood Contractor applicant’s borough, engage at least 10 community stakeholders (schools, youth groups, faith-based institutions, etc.) to facilitate learning and discussion about alcohol and its impact on their communities.

    In collaboration with the Borough Lead Organization for the Neighborhood Contractor applicant’s borough and the NYC Coalition for a Smoke Free City, work with property managers, tenants, and others on adoption of voluntary smoke-free policies by housing entities reaching one (1) to two (2) multi-unit buildings (containing a minimum of 30 units total).

    Active Living:
    In collaboration with the Borough Lead Organization for the Neighborhood Contractor applicant’s borough, actively support at least one built environment project to improve active recreation opportunities, active transportation and/or stair use/active movement through buildings.

    Amount: $300,000 to no more than 30 organizations ($10,000 each) to fund activities within each domain area.

    Deadline: December 17th at 3:00pm


    Release of Request for Proposals November 19, 2012
    Inquiry Period November 19-November 27, 2012
    Questions Due to
    (questions received after this date will not be answered)

    November 27, 2012 at 10:00 am
    Pre-proposal Meeting
    Partnership for a Healthier New York City
    40 Worth Street, 5
    th Floor

    New York, NY 10013
    Conference Room 5.2 and 5.3
    Advance registration is required. Register by contacting by Tuesday, November 27th.
    For those that cannot join in person, a conference call option will be made available.
    Call-in number: 866-213-1863
    Access code: 6381139
    November 30, 2012 at 10 am
    Answers posted at
    December 7, 2012
    Deadline for receipt of proposals
    (late proposals will not be accepted)
    December 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Notice of Award January 22, 2013
    Anticipated Contract Start Date February 18, 2013
    Non-awarded applicants are notified March 4, 2013
    Due date for last activity/deliverable of contract September 15, 2013
    Contract End Date September 29, 2013


    Creating Your Coalition Identity (VIDEO)

    A major step for all community partnerships to achieve is the creation of a solid brand identity.  Developing a recognizable brand allows groups to connect to their audience and promote their values and message to the masses.  

    The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America put together a fantastic 1 hour program to help neighborhoods learn about creating their own unique identity....check it out!

    Creating Your Coalition Identity....VIEW HERE

    Love Your Block RFA - Due November 30th

    Here is a great funding opportunity for local neighborhoods..... 


    Love Your Block (LYB) is a special partnership between NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City that provides a unique opportunity for city residents to transform and beautify their neighborhoods and leverage City services. Resident-led volunteer groups (grantees) receive a grant of $1,000 to transform a city block.  LYB grantees also receive project-planning and community-building assistance, as well as assistance with local media coverage for the project.



    The deadline for this year’s Love Your Block grants is Friday, November 30th.

    NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City’s Love Your Block grant program is inviting volunteer-led neighborhood groups from across the city to run projects in the Spring that will transform their blocks and help beautify New York City.

    If you intend to apply for a grant, please make sure all of your materials are in by this date (please click here for application materials).

    If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Ayodele Oti via email at, or via telephone at 212-442-7652.

    Also, NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City are hosting a Grant Application Information Session tomorrow (November 27th) from 6pm to 8pm. To RSVP, please contact Wilfredo Florentino at

    Location: NYC Service
    253 Broadway, 8th Fl
    New York, NY 10007

    Note: Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to get through security.

    We look forward to reading your application!


    NYC Service

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Transformation (The Floyd Taylor Story) - Part 2

    This is a 3 part series detailing the story of Floyd Taylor, a youth member of the
    Forward South Bronx Coalition. 
    by Cedric McClester 
    There’s a saying that is apropos right here.  “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”  Eventually, Floyd was introduced to the then executive director of SFI, Mr. Jose Ferrer who took Floyd under his wing and introduced him to what he called “mirror therapy”.  Mirror therapy calls for an individual to do some serious introspection, as if looking in a mirror.  It also requires the individual to ask themselves questions, like where am I now, and where would I like to be, and what do I have to do to get there?  Floyd is a testament to the effectiveness of mirror therapy.  Since undergoing Mr. Ferrer’s mirror therapy, Floyd has grown leaps and bounds. He is highly regarded at SFI, where he is now employed as a summer youth worker and serves as an inspiration to other potential winners.

    Thanks to the largesse of the Prevention Resource Center (PRC), Floyd was recently offered a unique opportunity.  He was given a scholarship to the recently concluded CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 2012, 11th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute, held in Nashville, Tennessee.  This year’s theme was, “Ticket To Community Change”  As originally scheduled, Floyd was to be accompanied by Cedric McClester, the SFI staffer that serves in the capacity as Convener/ Chairperson of the Forward South Bronx Coalition.  Due to his mother’s emergency surgery, which put her in the intensive care unit of the hospital, McClester had to cancel his travel plans.  This presented both the Forward South Bronx Coalition and the PRC with an interesting dilemma.  The question was, should Floyd attend the CADCA training institute unaccompanied, knowing he had never been to an event of that nature before, in addition to never having flown?   Where one might have expected Floyd to be crestfallen at the news that Mr. McClester would be unable to attend, Floyd remained upbeat about the prospect of still going.

    Clearly, the mirror therapy worked.  Both Mr. Ferrer and Mr. McClester coached Floyd on travel arrangements and what to expect when he got there.  He was instructed that if he ran into any difficulty to contact either, day or night.  Floyd called when he was boarding the airplane and also upon his arrival.

    That was the last either of them heard from Floyd until his return.
    End of Part Two

    About the Contributing Blogger
    Cedric McClester is the Director of Community Relations for SFI (formerly Sports Foundation, Inc.). Sports Foundation Inc. is a social service organization that provides free counseling, sports, health and education programs and activities for today's youth. He is also the coordinator of the Forward South Bronx Coalition. The vision of the Forward South Bronx Coalition (FSBC) is to create a culture within the South Bronx that promotes healthy living, hopefulness, and connectedness within the community to instill a sense of present and future possibilities.