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MWSU PIP Contacts

Katie Miron
Director of Counseling

Partners 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.

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 Miron (Director of Counseling, 816-271-4327, kmiron@missouriwestern.edu) 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 2021, 2022 and 2023 – All Schools Surveyed, Selected Questions: Alcohol
(PIP24 under survey year denotes # of campuses participating)
Consumed alcohol in the past year 69% 58% 54%
Report binge-drinking* at least once in the past two weeks 17% 15% 16%
Driven at least one time after consuming alcohol in the past year 9% 8% 10%

*Binge-drinking is defined as consuming 5 or more drinks in a two-hour period.

The above table shows data from the 2021, 2022 and 2023 MACHB surveys. The percentage of students that indicate consumption of alcohol in the past year has gone down by 4% from 2022, students who reported binge-drinking at least once in the past two weeks has gone up by 1% from 2022, and students who drove at least one time after consuming alcohol has gone up by 2% from 2022.

PIP Statement