RIVER FALLS, Wis.
effort to help curb underage drinking in Pierce and St. Croix counties, River
Falls Area Hospital and the Allina Health River Falls Clinic has provided the
River Falls Police Department (RFPD) with a $4,700 charitable contribution to
fund an advanced detection identification (ID) scanner. The funding makes up a
portion of the $45,000 River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health and its
new clinic, have provided this year to support local partners working to
improve community health.
IDs can now be purchased online for $40 and will pass almost all scanners. The
demo unit scanner we tested worked better than expected and caught nearly all
fake IDs." said Paul Jensen, RFPD Community Policing Specialist. 'It’s
encouraging to see how Allina Health’s investment will directly improve the
health of our city and the greater region by reducing alcohol abuse."
we completed our last community health needs assessment, alcohol abuse was
identified as a priority health issue for our region. The evidence shows that
one of the most effective ways to prevent underage alcohol abuse is to make it
more difficult for those under 21 to purchase alcohol," said Heather Logelin,
Director of Foundation and Community Engagement for Allina Health River Falls
Area Hospital and Clinic. "The River Falls Police Department is doing great
work in this arena and we are pleased to be able to provide them with funding
for equipment that will make their efforts even more effective."
River Falls Police Department is involved in the counties’ Healthier Together
Alcohol Abuse Action Team. The goal of the group is to decrease youth alcohol use through changes to policy, systems, environment
and community support.
Other local Allina Health contribution recipients this year include:
Among Friends, Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County, Angels on Earth, Grow
to Share, Our Neighbor's Place, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, River
Falls Public Library and more.