Established in 2002, the Louisiana Higher Education Coalition (LaHEC) serves as a statewide network of institutions of higher education and key community and statewide stakeholders. The intended purpose was to replicate the campus-community coalition mechanism and implementation of environmental prevention strategies (per requirement for 2003-2007 AMOD funding).
LaHEC provides technical assistance for establishing coalitions, offers professional development regarding collegiate alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention. Additionally, LaHEC facilitates the statewide administration of the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey.
The mission of LaHEC is to foster safe and healthy campus communities by reducing problems associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by college students through collaboration among institutions of higher education and key state and community stakeholders.
This is achieved through the following actions:
Establish and stabilize campus-community coalitions throughout Louisiana.
Establish data-tracking systems, conduct assessments, administer surveys and report results.
Provide professional development training to increase evidence-based prevention programs.
Stabilize active LaHEC membership to include all institutions of higher education in Louisiana.
Stabilize community and state stakeholders and continued funding for LaHEC.