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June 27, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Examine public health elements to substance use Prevention Plus Wellness programming. 
  2. Identify the prevention program topics and youth groups and training formats you are most interested in.
  3. Create a public health substance use Prevention Plus Wellness program plan.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gavBO3s8QjuN5nIHiLr1ww

Length: 30 minutes 

Date: Tuesday July 7th            

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

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

Learn more: http://preventionpluswellness.com

 

June 27, 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 & telephone.
  3. Explore tools for monitoring and evaluating online PPW program quality and effectiveness.
  4. Identify PPW program online training and resources.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dw3elxR2RHSJrgk7VQCLbA

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday July 8th            

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

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

Learn more: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/covid-19-ppw-resources

 

June 27, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Explore the contents in the Vaping and Marijuana Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program manuals for high school, middle school and elementary school-aged youth.
  2. Compare scripts for providing Vaping and Marijuana PPW to youth individually and in group settings as well as online.
  3. Review PowerPoint slides and reproducible materials found in the program digital downloads.
  4. Identify online program implementation and evaluation tools and support.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nFyfnt1TTmqBFLU__FMgHw

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Thursday July 2nd           

Time: 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT 

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

Learn more about Vaping PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/vaping-prevention-plus-wellness-program

Learn more about Marijuana PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/sport-marijuana-awareness-program

June 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

You are invited to a free 30-minute personalized online training workshop on “Creating a Public Health Substance Use Prevention Plus Wellness Plan.”

This session is designed to help you create a customized plan to significantly increase the public health reach of youth or young adults in your region who receive evidence-based and evidence-informed Prevention Plus Wellness programs. 

The training objectives include:

  1. Examine public health elements to substance use Prevention Plus Wellness programming. 
  2. Identify the prevention program topics and youth groups and training formats you are most interested in.
  3. Create a public health substance use Prevention Plus Wellness program plan.

This workshop will be tailored to your specific prevention program and training needs and includes a certificate of completion for 0.5-hour CEU credits and copy of the webinar slides.

If you are interested in participating, just send us an email request. 

We’ll be scheduling a small number of initial workshops on a first-come first-served basis, so contact us as soon as possible to schedule yours.

Once we set a date and time for your workshop we’ll send you a link to register for the Zoom session.

For questions or more information: info@preventionpluswellness.com or (904) 472-5022.

Thank you.

June 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

You are invited to a free 30-minute personalized online training workshop on “Creating a Public Health Substance Use Prevention Plus Wellness Plan.”

This session is designed to help you create a customized plan to significantly increase the public health reach of youth or young adults in your region who receive evidence-based and evidence-informed Prevention Plus Wellness programs. 

The training objectives include:

  1. Examine public health elements to substance use Prevention Plus Wellness programming. 
  2. Identify the prevention program topics and youth groups and training formats you are most interested in.
  3. Create a public health substance use Prevention Plus Wellness program plan.

This workshop will be tailored to your specific prevention program and training needs and includes a certificate of completion for 0.5-hour CEU credits and copy of the webinar slides.

If you are interested in participating, just send us an email request. 

We’ll be scheduling a small number of initial workshops on a first-come first-served basis, so contact us as soon as possible to schedule yours.

Once we set a date and time for your workshop we’ll send you a link to register for the Zoom session.

For questions or more information: info@preventionpluswellness.com or (904) 472-5022.

Thank you.

June 24, 2020

The number of locations that students can receive free meals from has grown, thanks to new locations offering meals through the annual Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

SFSP provides children with nutritious meals during the summer. The USDA recently released a Nationwide waiver extension which allows sponsors to offer summer meals no matter the economic conditions in the area.

Summer meal programs help children aged 18 and under get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow during the summer. This federally-funded program is sponsored by many organizations throughout our state, including schools, nonprofit organizations, local governments, tribes, and more.

Some schools started serving meals through SFSP during the school closure and will continue to serve SFSP meals during the summer months. Contact your district for more information.

To find a Summer Meals site near you, please use a Summer Meals Locator: Text “food” or “comida” to 877–877, or you can also find summer meal sites online.

For more information, please contact the Child Nutrition Services department within the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction at 360–725–6200.

June 8, 2020

For the first time ever, we’ll be providing a FREE two-hour training workshop on implementing the evidence-based one-session SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program. 

The SPORT PPW program is being provided across all 50 US states and abroad to high school, middle school and elementary school-aged youth in nearly all settings where youth are found, including school, community, medical, recreational, sports, home and more. 

This training will consist of two one-hour sessions detailed below. 

Please join us and share this information with others in your region and state.

These training sessions are limited in space, so register as soon as possible.

For questions contact us: info@preventionpluswellness.com or (904) 472-5022.

Learn more and register: https://preventionpluswellness.com/blogs/news/free-online-training-in-providing-the-sport-alcohol-drug-prevention-plus-wellness-program

June 5, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Examine alcohol, vaping (e-cigarettes), marijuana & opioid use Prevention Plus Wellness screening & brief interventions
  2. List differences between typical substance use prevention and Prevention Plus Wellness programs
  3. Explore theory and research supporting brief and multi-health risk behavior interventions
  4. Describe options, settings, steps and adaptations for implementing and evaluating PPW programs.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_foLTQmcPTXiTHHsdzj-q6g

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Thursday June 11th          

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

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

Learn more: http://preventionpluswellness.com

 

June 5, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. List three steps for providing Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) screening and brief interventions.
  2. Demonstrate how youth can implement the SPORT (alcohol use) PPW program to their peers.
  3. Review strategies trained youth leaders can use to provide quality PPW programs to peers.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_duIPXQqoRU29Y5Iq2qKzTg

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Tuesday June 9th          

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

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

Learn more: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/ppw-youth-leadership-training-onsite-workshop

June 4, 2020

Prevention advocates: There's a good news step forward in your many years of work advocating for more community drug take-back options as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing the opioid epidemic and medicine abuse!  A statewide drug take-back program will launch in late November under the WA Secure Drug Take-Back Act.
A pharmaceutical industry drug take-back proposal was approved by the WA State Department of Health on May 25th as compliant with the state law RCW 69.48, which was enacted in 2018 after many years of advocacy and lobbying.  The program will be operated by MED-Project and funded by hundreds of pharmaceutical manufacturers whose prescription and over-the-counter medicines are sold into our state. 

The approved program proposal is linked from DOH's Safe Medication Return Program page: https://www.doh.wa.gov/ForPublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/HealthcareProfessionsandFacilities/SafeMedicationReturnProgram

MED-Project has 180 days to implement the approved program which means drug take-back services must begin in late November 2020.  The approved plan states MED-Project will meet the law's collection system convenience standard on day one of program launch and begin promoting the program to residents on day one. The program will operate secure drug drop boxes and a prepaid return mail-back program. Areas lacking access to secure drop boxes will get supplemental mail-back services and/or collection events supervised by law enforcement. Existing drug take-back locations can join the MED-Project program and have all costs paid.

MED-Project is currently operating drug take-back programs in 7 counties in Western WA with local drug take-back ordinances. Over time those local programs will merge into a unified statewide drug take-back program. More info about those 7 county-level MED-Project programs is at https://med-project.org/locations under Washington State. Those successful programs are a preview of what's coming for the whole state.

Thank You & Congratulations!  A diverse coalition of proponents worked long and hard to pass a good state law with clear requirements, strong standards for program services, accountability, and transparency. The voices of prevention professionals with their deep knowledge of substance abuse prevention and community needs were critical. Our solidarity on the policy, the leadership of the 7 counties that passed local laws, and the steadfast leadership of our prime sponsor Representative Strom Peterson and so many other legislators were essential to get to this point.  Our strong pharmaceutical stewardship law gave WA DOH the authority to require numerous improvements to the industry’s initial proposals to meet requirements for the comprehensive program we envisioned. This was hard work for WA DOH and their efforts are appreciated! 

What’s next? 

  • Promotion. Helping promote the MED-Project drug take-back program when it launches in November. Drug manufacturers are required to provide education and promotion to residents, health professionals, and many others. Your organization’s efforts can amplify and supplement this in your community. If you are interested in coordinating with WA DOH on promotion, please contact Carly Bartz-Overman who is the lead staff at WA DOH. carly.bartz-overman@doh.wa.gov
  • Participation. Encouraging potential collection sites and mailer distribution sites across the state to participate in the MED-Project program.  Many pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, law enforcement, and others have indicated they want to participate. Many are already participating in the 7 counties with local laws – thank you! MED-Project will launch a WA website that will provide more info for collectors and mailer distributors. For now, MED-Project has contact info on this website: https://med-project.org/
  • Watch-dogging. Making sure the MED-Project program meets the law’s requirements, serves residents and communities well, and is working for all the participating collection sites and mailer distribution locations.  WA DOH’s oversight and compliance role is defined in the law.  Stakeholders can do their part by providing feedback to WA DOH and to MED-Project as the program is implemented. 

I got involved with this drug take-back initiative more than 10 years ago as a King County staffer, then continued the work as a policy consultant, and at times as a volunteer who just couldn't let go. Through a partnership with many diverse organizations that grew over the years, we struggled to pass a state bill, failed, found traction with local Board of Health ordinances, went back to the state Legislature in 2017, and finally got a good law passed in 2018. I am forever grateful for the people I've met and the relationships formed during the journey.

Thank you being a critical part of this small but meaningful step towards making our families healthier, our communities safer, and our environment cleaner!

Margaret Shield, PhD
(pronouns: she/her/hers)
Community Environmental Health Strategies, LLC
margaret.shield@CEHstrategies.com
mobile:  206-499-5452
www.CEHstrategies.com

 

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