News Release

American Samoa Government

UTULEI, American Samoa

Sept. 20, 2006

American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono announced yesterday that American Samoa has been awarded US$1,313,096 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) to implement the Strategic Planning Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG Fa'aSamoa) to prevent substance use among adults and youth.

This grant initiative, directed by the Department of Human & Social Services (DHSS), will deliver a total of $6,565,480 to the Territory over the next five (5) years to coordinate and improve drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse prevention efforts among government agencies and develop community coalitions to deliver prevention programs in villages across Tutuila and Manu'a.

"I am extremely pleased with the success of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant proposal focused on community-based prevention planning. The First Lady and I share a genuine concern over the rise in social problems affecting our children and families over the last decade," said Togiola. "Life is changing in our Samoan community. Outside influences, new pop culture and media glamorizes the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. It is important, now more than ever, that we work together as a community to strengthen our families and reinforce self-resiliency within our children so they can make healthy choices for their future."

A primary purpose of the grant funding is to improve the infrastructure and capacity of the entire Territory to collect and share health, social service and law enforcement data so that decisions on substance abuse prevention programming can be based on factual information and improvements can be tracked over time. A key component of this effort is First Lady-Mary Tulafono's Leadership Initiative to Prevent Underage Drinking


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