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March 30, 2020

Here is a 2-minute video sample of the evidence-based substance use SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program which promotes protective wellness behaviors among youth.

This is the high school version of the SPORT PPW program on video for easy online implementation by prevention and health specialists, organizations and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

View video:

Learn more:

We are also providing free 1-hour online training on how you can provide Prevention Plus Wellness programs live online to youth and young adults.

Register for our Wednesday training session:

March 30, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Describe step-by-step methods for providing Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs live online to youth individually and in groups.
  2. List step-by-step methods for providing PPW programs by recorded video.
  3. Compare and contrast preferred face-to-face PPW program implementation protocols to online and video strategies.
  4. Identify online PPW program follow-up strategies, training and resources.


Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday April 1st           

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

March 27, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) has significantly impacted the country and our everyday routines. Many schools and businesses have shut down and implemented homeschooling or work from home accommodation. The Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) would like to hear from you, substance misuse prevention champions, working to keep community partnerships, coalitions, and families strong during these challenging times. The PTTC wants to make space to listen and lean into your collective wisdom to honor both the emerging strengths and needs of the substance misuse prevention workforce throughout HHS Region 10 states: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Dates and Times

Oregon:         April 1st, 2020  10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

Idaho:            April 1st, 2020  01:00 pm - 02:00 pm Pacific 
                                                02:00 pm - 03:00 pm Mountain
Alaska:          April 2nd, 2020 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm Alaska 
                                                02:00 pm - 03:00 pm Pacific 
Washington: April 3rd, 2020  02:00 pm - 03:00 pm Pacific 


Register here.

March 27, 2020

The Prevention Technical Transfer Centers (PTTCs) have create a page on their website to provide quick access to Pandemic Response Resources focused on Prevention. You can access this page via the PTTC website ( )  or by clicking on the following link:

You will find Federal Resources and also Resources from the PTTC Network such as:

More resources will be added to this page as they are developed.

March 24, 2020

Hello Prevention and Public Health Partners: 

The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is planning a virtual LCB-Prevention Roundtable to hear from prevention and public health partners (including coalitions) about how LCB and the products it regulates are impacting WA communities, as well as share suggestions and solutions. This will be a roundtable discussion and Q&A session.

Please complete this 3-minute survey by March 31 to provide feedback on interest and topics.

Questions? Contact


March 24, 2020

Resource Description: Describes what are e-cigarettes, how they work, how they affect the brain, their health effects, and can they help a person stop smoking.:

Youth Assignment: In 1-2 sentences, write a summary of each of the 5 main topics discussed on this website.

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March 24, 2020

We had some problems with the YouTube video link so here it is in Zoom.

This is a video of the single-session evidence-based SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness Program for high school adolescents.

We’d greatly appreciate it if after reviewing the video you would send us your thoughts on how we can improve the video to be shared to your youth.

Just send your comments and suggestions to:

If you’d like to provide this video to youth in your region, please let us know and we’ll do all we can to make it available to you and your organization.

We can also provide a customized link so that you can collect information on your youths’ completion of the online SPORT PPW Goal Contract.

View the video here:

Password: 9936823

Learn more:

Thank you.

March 23, 2020

The DEA has cancelled National Take Back Day events scheduled for April 25 in response to COVID-19. As our communities weather the impacts of COVID-19 we know that times like these can test the protective factors we work so hard to build, every day.

In light of the cancellation, we want to encourage communities to continue to support Take Back Day as an important awareness day.

How can you continue to support opioid prevention?

Supporting Take Back Day as an awareness day can help keep prevention top of mind when our communities need it most.

Questions? Contact your DBHR manager or

March 23, 2020

We created this short 8-minute video of an evidence-informed resource for prevention and health specialists and organizations to share with their youth and young adults.

It includes a short description of the web-based resource, a youth assignment and a link to the resource. 

We’d love to receive your feedback and suggestions for changes that would make our future videos more useful for you, your youth and your organization.

Send comments and suggestions to:

Thank you.

Resource Description: Provides facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.:

Youth Assignment: Click on the link to “E-cigarettes and Young People.”  Read the page and list 6 reasons why you think young people should avoid e-cigarette use. 

Video Link:

March 23, 2020

Dear Friends:

Prevention Plus Wellness is inviting prevention and health specialists to review the newly updated SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness High School Program in recorded video format for youth.

If you agree to review this 26-minute video, we will ask you to complete a 2-minute survey providing us with feedback.

You will need a YouTube account to view this video.

If you review the video and provide us with feedback, we are happy to offer you 25% off the purchase of this or any other PPW program video.

Let me know if you’d like to review the video and complete the survey.

All we need is your name and email address, which you can send to:

Remember, you need a YouTube account to access this video.

Thank you.