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May 15, 2019

Webinar: Evidence-based SPORT & InShape Prevention Plus Wellness Programs for Youth & Young Adults

Length: 57 minutes

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Describe the components of the logic model underlying Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs.
  2. List the content of PPW program manuals and the steps for implementing PPW programs.
  3. Identify the type and sequence of messages provided in PPW program scripts and PowerPoint slides.
  4. Describe the reproducible materials allowing PPW programs to be implemented to an unlimited number of participants.

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May 10, 2019

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is excited to announce it’s launching a statewide search for “Inspiring Teens” to feature in an upcoming video—and they’re hoping you can recommend teens in your community!

The “Inspiring Teens” video is part of the state’s youth-focused marijuana prevention and education campaign, You Can, and will be an opportunity for Washington state youth to share their passions, tell us what keeps them motivated, and the reasons why marijuana is not part of their future plans. We’re looking for teens between the ages of 13 and 18, currently enrolled in a Washington state middle or high school. DOH doesn't want to be too prescriptive beyond that—they really want to showcase teens that show the diversity of youth living in Washington, from a wide variety of backgrounds and communities.

If you know someone who may be interested, please direct them to where they can learn more and apply. DOH also hopes you’ll circulate the attached flyer within your network and share about the video search on your own social channels. They have developed a couple social posts for doing just that, available on the You Can partner toolkit (Password: Prevention&Education). Feel free to share this email with your networks!

Right now, DOH is looking for three Inspiring Teens to feature. The three finalists will be compensated for their time. The final videos will be used as part of a suite of marijuana prevention and education ads, and all participants under the age of 18 will need to provide written parental/guardian consent to participate.


May 10, 2019

Is your organization hosting a Communities Talk event this year? Register now to receive a planning stipend!

Be sure to keep in mind that you do not need to set a firm date or select a venue to register. If your Communities Talk event will take place by December 31, 2019, you can receive a planning stipend.

Spread the word!

Your colleagues from other community organizations or institutions of higher education can request information about hosting a Communities Talk event and may qualify for a planning stipend. Encourage them to contact

Participate in the National Prevention Week Prevention Challenge today!

SAMHSA is inviting you to participate in the NPW 2019 Prevention Challenge! This is a great activity to integrate into your Communities Talk event — set up a backdrop for photos or a "selfie station" and ask participants to take photos and videos of their underage drinking Prevention Champions at the event. Remember to use the hashtags #PreventionChampion and #NPW2019.


May 8, 2019
National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will take place May 12 through 18, 2019. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.

Watch a video of Dr. McCance-Katz kick off NPW 2019 (3 minutes).

Each day this week, SAMHSA will focus on a specific health theme that is important to prevention. The 2019 daily themes are:

  • Monday, May 13: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse
  • Tuesday, May 14: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
  • Wednesday, May 15: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
  • Thursday, May 16: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use
  • Friday, May 17: Preventing Suicide

Learn more about National Prevention Week.

May 8, 2019

The OpiEnd Youth Challenge invites students 9–14 years old to learn about opioids and the dangers they can cause and then enter the online contest with a poster to bring awareness to other students about this epidemic.

In addition to national winners, select states will be hosting additional statewide contests. Students with entries in these states will be eligible for additional prizing.

May 1, 2019

The Department of Health is recruiting parents of youth, ages 12 to 17, in Washington state to provide feedback on advertising concepts. For more information, contact regarding the Parent Study by May 8, 2019:

Northwest Research Group


April 30, 2019

How to Localize Your Campaign:

The Starts with One campaign is designed to inform and educate young adults, their parents, and older adults about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe storage, use, and disposal.

As part of this statewide effort, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) provides campaign resources to coalitions and partners across the state. The hard work done at the community level by partners like you is a vital part of making a difference in our state.

The campaign is designed to be localized and tailored to your community. This guide is intended to help provide ideas for how to maximize the campaign in your area, in order to:

• Build awareness of your organization and its efforts
• Generate genuine, grassroots appeal for your cause
• Educate community members about how this issue is affecting your community
• Increase the response to and engagement with your campaign

April 30, 2019

The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the show's release, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media. The study was conducted by researchers at several universities, hospitals, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIMH also funded the study. Read more here.

April 29, 2019

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission and Washington State Department of Transportation are seeking public review and comment on the 2019 update of Target Zero®, Washington’s strategic highway safety plan. Target Zero sets forth a vision to reduce traffic fatalities and in Washington State by the year 2030. It identifies Washington State’s traffic safety needs and helps guide investments to achieve significant reductions in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. The plan is updated every three years, and the 2019 update is based on data from 2015 – 2017.

Download a DRAFT of the 2019 plan and provide comments via feedback form. Public feedback will be accepted until Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Feel free to share this link with anyone who may be interested in reviewing the plan.

If you have any questions regarding the plan or the comment form, please contact Katherine Boyd, the Target Zero Project Manager at

April 26, 2019

HCA's fantsatic media vendor, DH, recorded a webinar to let you know how to use the Take Back Campaign Partner Toolkit. 

This webinar will help you learn how to localize the campaign for your communities, to help increase awareness about:

  • How and where to dispose of opioid medications;
  • The importance of removing medications from your home; and to
  • Normalize safe medication reutrn programs. 

Hope this is helpful! 

Email with any questions.