Social Host Laws: State Versus Local Laws—What Works and What Doesn't

11:30 AM
12:45 PM


In 2018, Dr. Paul Gilbert of the University of Iowa College of Public Health led a project to determine the effect of Iowa’s state-wide social host law on underage drinking. Although the study failed to find an effect of the state law on underage drinking, it generated a key insight about the functioning of successful county and city social host ordinances. Dr. Gilbert will discuss the three key components necessary for a successful social host ordinance at the local level. Jackson County Prevention Coalition successfully passed and implemented a social host ordinance in 2013. The county attorney, a law enforcement officer and the coalition coordinator will share how the ordinance was implemented in Jackson County, including unintended consequences and lessons learned.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) Identify the sectors necessary for a social host ordinance to be effective at the local level

2) Identify sectors for building capacity for a successful social host ordinance

3) Identify barriers to successful implementation of a social host ordinance

4) Develop strategies to address barriers and be successful

31st Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 17th Prevention Day


Dr. Paul Gilbert
Assistant Professor
University of Iowa College of Public Health
Julie Furne
Project Coordinator
Area Substance Abuse Council
Sara Davenport
County Attorney
Jackson County