State Coalition Receives Renewal Grant to Keep Alcohol Out of Hands Of Minnesota Youth

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Minnesota Join Together

    MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive Press
 Release/ -- Minnesota Join Together (MJT), a statewide coalition of over 500
 concerned youth, adults and organizations, has had tremendous success over the
 past four years improving public policy to reduce youth access to alcohol.
 Thanks to a $800,000 renewal grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
 the MJT Coalition will continue its efforts for another four years to keep
 alcohol out of the hands of Minnesota's youth.
     With the help of other funding sources, Coalition successes have included
 two new state laws that provide tougher criminal and civil penalties against
 adult providers of alcohol to youth.  The Coalition has also been successful
 in creating a state compliance check grant program as a way to reduce illegal
 commercial sales of alcohol to underage youth.
     "We have made tremendous progress in Minnesota, but we cannot afford to
 rest on our laurels," said Linda Bosma, Minnesota Join Together Coalition
 chair.  "While our Coalition gains strength and members by the day, many kids
 are still able to obtain alcohol with little trouble."
     Bosma stresses that a lot of work is left to do.  "Alcohol prices, when
 adjusted for inflation, are less than they were in 1950, so we need to
 increase the alcohol excise tax.  Compliance checks need to be done regularly
 in all communities around the state.  Research shows that these are the most
 effective strategies to keep alcohol out of the hands of young people.  We
 will continue toward these goals, with many more friends at our side," said
 Bosma.
     The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the
 nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care.
 It concentrates its grantmaking in three goal areas: to assure that all
 Americans have access to basic health care at a reasonable cost; to improve
 care and support for people with chronic health conditions; and to reduce the
 personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse-tobacco, alcohol
 and illicit drugs.
     For more information, contact Jeff Nachbar at 612-760-7165 or e-mail
 jnachbar@miph.org
 
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SOURCE Minnesota Join Together
    MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive Press
 Release/ -- Minnesota Join Together (MJT), a statewide coalition of over 500
 concerned youth, adults and organizations, has had tremendous success over the
 past four years improving public policy to reduce youth access to alcohol.
 Thanks to a $800,000 renewal grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
 the MJT Coalition will continue its efforts for another four years to keep
 alcohol out of the hands of Minnesota's youth.
     With the help of other funding sources, Coalition successes have included
 two new state laws that provide tougher criminal and civil penalties against
 adult providers of alcohol to youth.  The Coalition has also been successful
 in creating a state compliance check grant program as a way to reduce illegal
 commercial sales of alcohol to underage youth.
     "We have made tremendous progress in Minnesota, but we cannot afford to
 rest on our laurels," said Linda Bosma, Minnesota Join Together Coalition
 chair.  "While our Coalition gains strength and members by the day, many kids
 are still able to obtain alcohol with little trouble."
     Bosma stresses that a lot of work is left to do.  "Alcohol prices, when
 adjusted for inflation, are less than they were in 1950, so we need to
 increase the alcohol excise tax.  Compliance checks need to be done regularly
 in all communities around the state.  Research shows that these are the most
 effective strategies to keep alcohol out of the hands of young people.  We
 will continue toward these goals, with many more friends at our side," said
 Bosma.
     The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the
 nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care.
 It concentrates its grantmaking in three goal areas: to assure that all
 Americans have access to basic health care at a reasonable cost; to improve
 care and support for people with chronic health conditions; and to reduce the
 personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse-tobacco, alcohol
 and illicit drugs.
     For more information, contact Jeff Nachbar at 612-760-7165 or e-mail
 jnachbar@miph.org
 
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