The Mississippi Coalition of Partners in Prevention (MCPP) was formed in 2009 through a U.S. Department of Education grant-supported campaign comprised of Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, and the University of Mississippi, as well as Mississippians Advocating Against Unhealthy Decisions (MAAUD) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Funding initially addressed two objectives: to demonstrate a reduction in 30 day alcohol use among underage students; and to demonstrate a reduction in 30 day binge drinking among underage students.
During the grant, additional institutions of higher education and community colleges in Mississippi joined the campaign, and membership now includes nine colleges/universities and 11 community colleges, as well as community partners.
In 2014 the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) awarded funding to MCPP to broaden its scope and address the overall realm of health education with regard to college students as part of its mission and vision.
MCPP proactively addresses the prevention of high-risk, negative health behaviors on Mississippi campuses by providing high-quality consultation and training, research support, and policy development to our member institutions. We actively seek partnerships with state and community agencies in order to provide campuses with a variety of resources to support their prevention efforts.
MCPP will be recognized as a state-wide resource for encouraging healthy behaviors among Mississippi college and university students. Our members will consistently utilize evidence-based strategies on their individual campuses to reduce high-risk behavior.
MCPP continues to provide effective evidence-based strategies and best practices within a coordinated approach to focus on the causes of and issues surrounding college student health issues. The support, guidance, and strength of a state coalition provide a concerted effort to address problems and find solutions to the issues students face on a daily basis.