UWG Receives Grant for Safety Initiatives

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Department of Health Services at the University of West Georgia received a $14,500 Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Collaborative Safety Initiatives grant this year. It is the fifth GOHS grant awarded to UWG.

UWG has received more than $77,000 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant assists in funding UWG programs and services addressing alcohol education, including alcohol abuse, alcohol poisoning, impaired driving, risk reduction, safety belt use and other highway safety issues.

Grant funding is also utilized by the health educators to bring nationally recognized speakers and trainers to campus to speak with faculty, staff and students.

According to Jill Hendricks, Patient Advocate at Health Services and GOHS Project Manager, the majority of funds are used for UWG Health Education projects; however, another goal of the grant is to encourage community collaboration.  In the last grant period, community collaboration included sponsorship and support of both the Carroll County Meth Summit and the Carroll County Youth Rally against Drugs and Destructive Decisions.