This report examines nine Louisiana communities and their alcohol availability concerns from a public health perspective. The nine communities are part of The Louisiana Partnership for Success II (LPFS ll), a 5-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant. The LPFS ll grant is focused exclusively on addressing underage drinking behaviors, consequences, and risk factors among 9 to 20-year-olds in nine high-need, parish-level communities (HNCs) (Louisiana Department of Health [LDH], 2020a). Communities were selected through a data-driven, participatory process and supported to form a cross-sector coalition to implement interventions within those communities. The process for choosing the high-need communities included seven indicators from the Caring Communities Youth Survey (CCYS) (LDH, 2020b), alcohol-related crash reports, and student alcohol-related suspensions. Three additional indicators were taken from the 2018 County Health Rankings (University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, 2018) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1991-2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data (CDC, 2018). In order to assist these communities with high rates of alcohol-related public health issues, this research project examined the interaction of alcohol outlets, alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes (MVC), and associated demographics and time variables using GIS mapping in order to help with planning the most appropriate and impactful interventions.
Moles, A. H., Matthews, A. L., Aggrey, J., & Cupit, L. (2022). Geographic Analysis of Alcohol-Related Crashes in Nine High-Need Louisiana Parishes. Social Research and Evaluation Center, Louisiana State University.