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October 19, 2021

Dear Providers:

As you know, the team here at HCA/DBHR has been working diligently on an update to the Minerva reporting system. In doing so, some of the goals we have set for this new system include:

  • Increase system usability and enhance end user experience
  • Collect key decision-making data
  • Increase reporting power of system for both Providers and DBHR

As with any transition, we understand there may be apprehension as you think about how changes may affect your work. Please know that the information we received from you through focus groups and other methods continues to be taken into consideration, and we are working diligently to meet your needs. This new system will be different because no two systems developed by different vendors are the same. However, we are working to increase usability and build on the user experience. We want this transition to be as seamless as possible.

With that in mind, we wanted to update you as to our progress. We are:

  • Working through the system to make sure the different elements connect to each other in a way that is useful and understandable, and whenever possible, we eliminate redundant entering of information.
  • Ensuring that mentoring data is captured appropriately and with the same quality in the current system.
  • Ensuring we can capture demographics in an inclusive manner that will provide further opportunities for future equity efforts

We have not yet determined a “Go Live” date and a training plan, including a training timeline, but you will be notified when these are solidified.

We are excited about the possibilities of this new system, and we look forward to sharing more details with you when they are finalized. Please contract PrevMIS@hca.wa.gov know if you have questions. 

Thank you for all the work you do in and for our communities!

~DBHR

October 13, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. Determine the connection between wellness and substance use prevention.
  2. Explore key wellness definitions and models.
  3. Examine evidence-informed wellness guidelines for youth.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qY40JtmFSfieWSIO-32jkQ

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday October 19th                   

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

Note: This webinar will be pre-recorded and shown at this time.

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com/collections/ppw-catalog

September 28, 2021

Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) provides free one-hour webinars for prevention and health specialists on most Wednesdays at noon eastern (9:00am pacific time).

These webinars address research and practice on integrating substance use prevention with wellness, evidence-based screening and brief interventions, and more.

Live PPW webinars come with a certificate for one-hour CEU credit and typically include a pdf of webinar slides and/or a link to the recorded webinar.

Learn more and sign up for notices: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/wednesday-webinars-prevention-plus-wellness

 

One-Session Evidence-Based SPORT & InShape Alcohol/Drug Prevention Plus Wellness Programs & Training: Free Webinar

Session Objectives:

  1. Explore the contents in the SPORT and InShape Alcohol/Drug Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program manuals for high school, middle school and elementary school-aged youth and young adults.
  2. Compare scripts for providing these PPWs to participants individually and in group settings both in-person as well as online.
  3. Review PowerPoint slides and reproducible materials found in the program digital downloads.
  4. Identify online program implementation and evaluation training, resources and support.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1yhgkiG2Sq6ha4N8UM6VvQ

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday October 6th                   

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/sport-prevention-plus-wellness

September 22, 2021

Your Coalition can join WASAVP (Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention) with CPWI or DFC dollars!  

Many Coalitions utilize $250 from each funding source (please check with your Prevention Monitor but they should approve).
 
The alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and pharmaceutical industries spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on lobbyists each year. 
WASAVP counters this with a prevention voice in Olympia to educate policy makers about the value of prevention.  
 
WASAVP provides alerts to the prevention community about upcoming legislation and policy briefs that you can share with your coalition members.  
We also organize the annual Prevention Policy Day bringing the youth and coalition's voices to Olympia.
 
If using CPWI or DFC funds please mark "apply to education only" on your contribution form and it will not be used for lobbying.  
The majority of our work is done to educate policy makers so they can make a prevention informed decisions.
 
See the flyer below/attached for more info or go to: https://wasavp.org/join
September 17, 2021

Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) has updated their free program Pretest and Posttest Surveys and Fidelity Checklist for use by prevention providers to ensure their programs are being implement reliably and result in positive outcomes for participating youth. 

 

In addition, the PPW Pretest and Posttest Surveys are available both online and in paper format.

 

Also online are the popular self-administered PPW Instructor’s Survey and the PPW Fidelity Checklist.

 

View tools and download copies: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/program-evaluation-support-tools

 

Request customized evaluation tool links for your organization: info@preventionpluswellness.com or call: (904) 473: 5022.Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) has updated their free program Pretest and Posttest Surveys and Fidelity Checklist for use by prevention providers to ensure their programs are being implement reliably and result in positive outcomes for participating youth. 

In addition, the PPW Pretest and Posttest Surveys are available both online and in paper format.

Also online are the popular self-administered PPW Instructor’s Survey and the PPW Fidelity Checklist.

View tools and download copies: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/program-evaluation-support-tools

Request customized evaluation tool links for your organization: info@preventionpluswellness.com or call: (904) 473: 5022.

September 15, 2021

Evaluating Substance Use Prevention Plus Wellness Programs: Free Webinar

Objectives:

1. Identify purposes for evaluating substance use prevention programs.
2. Describe measurement tools and measures to assess substance use Prevention Plus
Wellness (PPW) programs.
3. Examine evaluation designs for determining risk/protective factor and behavior effects of prevention programs.
4. Explore case studies of PPW program evaluations.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LajsV-XuQZ6immw85zTMrw

Length: 1-hour 

Date: Wednesday September 22nd                            

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT  

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar 

Learn more about PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com

September 11, 2021

Objectives:

  1. Explore the need for addressing both chronic disease risks and substance use risks in single prevention programs for youth and young adults.
  2. Identify unique characteristics of PPW programs allowing them to broadly prevent substance use while improving the mental and physical health of youth and young adults.
  3. Review research, theory and practice supporting PPW programs as practical, evidence-based multiple risk behavior interventions.

Register:   https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3CfTD_U3RDKDHpJcPP6pgQ

 

Length: 1-hour 

 

Date: Wednesday September 15th      

                     

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT  

 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar 

 

Learn more about PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com

September 3, 2021

Join us for the next free PPW Wednesday webinar.  Additional information is below.

Screening & Brief Intervention Practice for Youth Substance Use Prevention & Wellness: Free Webinar

Objectives:

  1. Identify various Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) practice models for preventing youth substance use.
  2. Explore evidence in systematic reviews and peer-reviewed literature supporting SBI for preventing youth substance use and promoting wellness behaviors.
  3. Examine SBIs found in evidence-based programs registries.
  4. Describe practice implications for prevention and health professionals.

Register:   https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9VocTU_uTv2Kwp2IsVHjRg

Length: 1-hour 

Date: Wednesday September 8th                           

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT  

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar 

Learn more about PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/prevention-plus-wellness-mission

August 24, 2021

What

The state personal protective equipment (PPE) backstop has been available to help support state agencies, counties, tribes and other partners through the COVID-19 pandemic. As the state transitions into this next phase of the response to COVID-19, we are working to get PPE staged at the local level, where it is most useful.

When

The state backstop will be available to meet COVID-19 PPE requests through Oct. 31, 2021.

Now is the time to submit requests for PPE to the state backstop. State, local, and tribal agencies, partner associations, health care providers and businesses are encouraged to order PPE to return state backstops to pre-COVID levels and allow entities to utilize existing, available PPE before it expires. Organizations are able to order up to a 90-day supply of PPE from the state backstop.

After Oct. 31, availability of PPE from the state backstop and the process for ordering will change. These future processes are currently under development and will be communicated to partners broadly.

Who

State, local, and tribal agencies, partner associations, health care providers and businesses needing PPE can order from the state backstop. Department of Health (DOH) Prioritization Guidelines for Allocation of Personal Protective Equipment are available. Not all facilities or individuals that request or need access to PPE may be captured within these tiers. Local emergency management agencies need to use their best judgement around how to prioritize those facilities and individuals in order to best serve their communities.

How

  1. Contact your local county emergency management agency to determine how orders should be placed with them, they are able to answer questions about the forms and ordering process.
  2. Complete the forms/process provided from the local emergency management.
  3. If local emergency management is able to fill this request from their supply, they will let you know how that process will be completed.
  4. If local emergency management is not able to fill this request, they will send the request to the state for fulfillment.

State agencies, federally recognized tribes, and local emergency management agencies are eligible to submit requests directly to the state.

To place this request, complete both order forms below and submit them to the State Emergency Operations Center via WebEOC.

For more information, email PPE@doh.wa.gov.

August 7, 2021

Objectives:

  1. Identify various Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) practice models for preventing youth substance use.
  2. Explore evidence in systematic reviews and peer-reviewed literature supporting SBI for preventing youth substance use and promoting wellness behaviors.
  3. Examine SBIs found in evidence-based programs registries.
  4. Describe practice implications for prevention and health professionals.

Register:   https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9VocTU_uTv2Kwp2IsVHjRg

Length: 1-hour 

Date: Wednesday September 8th                         

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT  

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar 

Learn more about PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/prevention-plus-wellness-mission

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