Partners in PreventionPartners in Prevention (PIP) is Missouri’s higher education substance misuse consortium dedicated to creating healthy and safe college campuses. The coalition is comprised of 24 public and private college and university campuses across the state. Since 2000, PIP’s primary focus is on decreasing at-risk drinking by students on Missouri’s college and university campuses. In addition to PIP’s work with high-risk drinking, Partners in Prevention also provides technical assistance and support to campuses on issues such as underage drinking, suicide prevention and college student mental health, safe driving behaviors, problem gambling, and tobacco cessation and prevention.

While the PIP MWSU campus coalition is facilitated by the counseling center, members of the MWSU coalition are from a variety of departments across campus. Interested students and staff are encouraged to help develop and participate in PIP activities. Contact Katie Jeffers, counselor, Eder 203, 816-271-5994, for more information.

Each year PIP implements the Missouri Assessment of College Health Behaviors survey (MACHB) to gauge health behaviors and knowledge of students. The MACHB is an on-line, anonymous survey covering issues related to college student health, given to a random sample of students at the PIP schools. These data are used to design prevention programming on the various campuses.

MACHB 2013, 2019 and 2020 – All Schools Surveyed, Selected Questions: Alcohol
(PIP21 & 23 under survey year denotes # of campuses participating)
2013 PIP21 2019 PIP21 2020 PIP23*
Consumed alcohol in the past year 60% 74% 73%
Driven at least one time after consuming alcohol in the past year 15% 14% 12%
Report binge-drinking** at least once in the past two weeks 26% 23% 22%

*Two additional member campuses joined PIP during the 2020 calendar year
**Binge-drinking is defined as consuming 5 or more drinks in a two-hour period.

The above table shows data from the 2013, 2019 and 2020 MACHB surveys. While the percentage of students that indicate consumption of alcohol in the past year has gone up (currently by 13% in 2020), students who drove at least one time after consuming alcohol and students who reported binge-drinking at least once in the past two weeks have both gone down by 3% and 4%, respectively.

PIP Statement

PIP Staff

Katie Jeffers

Steve Potter