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August 3, 2018

Each month, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) runs a series called "Healthy People 2020 Stories from the Field" that highlights how communities across the Nation are addressing the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). LHIs are a subset of 26 Healthy People 2020 objectives that communicate high-priority health issues. Tackling the LHIs appropriately will dramatically reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses.

In July, Washington State's Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) was featured as a Story from the Field and on the ODPHP Prevention Policy Matters blog. 

August 2, 2018

The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) has released updated guidelines on acceptable trainings for obtaining the Certified Prevention Professional credential. 

July 24, 2018

The Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has heard consistently from Tribes about their difficulties in successfully obtaining HHS grant funding.  HHS understands the importance of Tribes accessing these grant funds so that they are able to provide culturally appropriate care and services to their communities. 

In response, the Department has worked on increasing tribal access to grants in a number of ways including holding webinars and workshops over the years.  In an effort to bring more comprehensive training directly to Indian Country, we are excited to announce that in collaboration with the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, HHS will host several in-person trainings Tribal Vision, Design and Capacity technical grant writing workshops across Indian Country.  

The Tribal Vision, Design and Capacity technical grant writing workshops will be held in the following locations on the following dates:

Dates and Locations:

August 14-15, 2018 Sacramento, CA

August 23-24, 2018 Atmore, AL

September 12-13, 2018 Denver, CO

September 20-21, 2018 Oklahoma City, OK

September 26-27, 2018 Fairbanks, AK

 

Once confirmed, venues for the trainings will be posted on the site listed below and will be sent out to registered attendees.

To register to attend one of these trainings, please visit:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tribal-vision-design-and-capacity-vdc-technical-grant-writing-workshop-registration-48276817260

If you have questions about this particular training, please contact Quinn Buchwald at qbuchwald@mn-e.com or (206) 601-1812

July 20, 2018

The Opioid Response Workgroup, co-lead by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and the Department of Health have recently completed a revision of the Wasington State Opioid Response Plan.

The Washington State Opioid Response Plan outlines the goals, strategies and actions that state agencies are implementing or planning to implement in the near future. It does not include all activities underway on the local and federal level to address the opioid crisis.

The four priority goals in the plan are:

  1. Prevent opioid misuse and abuse
  2. Identify and treat opioid use disorder
  3. Reduce morbidity and mortality from opioid use disorder
  4. Use data and information to detect opioid misuse/abuse, monitor morbidity and mortality, and evaluate interventions

If you have any questions or comments about the plan, please feel free to reach out to Kathy Lofy at the Department of Health at kathy.lofy@doh.wa.gov or at (360) 236-4030.

June 21, 2018

Prevention Partners,

We need to hear from the Prevention Field!  Please take advantage of this opportunity to provide input on 2 very important items listed below. It is critical that Prevention input, feedback, and ideas are included.  This Plan is used to direct the statewide work and efforts as well as resources for addressing the opioid issues in our state. Please pass forward to others in the prevention field. 

1. Opioid Grant proposal – Stakeholder survey. We will begin evaluating responses noon Monday June 25, 2018. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced that they are accepting applications for the fiscal year 2018 State Opioid Response Grants. 

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) is interested in feedback from our stakeholders. Please take a moment to complete our online survey and share it with people who may want to weigh in within your stakeholder group.

SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication assisted treatment using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs). 

For additional information, please refer to the Funding Opportunity announcement (FoA) [https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/sorfoafinal.6.14.18.pdf] and our State Opioid Plan [State_Opioid_Plan_Draft_2018.docx].

We appreciate your feedback as we work together to address the opioid crisis in our state.


 

2. The State Opioid Response Plan.  Responses are due by 5 PM, Monday June 25th! Please be sure to provide your feedback directly to DOH using the contact information below. Please see email request below for the Department of Health.

Your feedback is requested on the Opioid Response Workgroup’s draft of the Washington State Opioid Response Plan.

Comments must be received by 5pm Monday, June 25.

The Washington State Opioid Response Plan is updated annually to align with evolution of the opioid epidemic, changing scientific evidence, new policies implemented by the legislature, and new activities supported by state and federal funding. 

The plan outlines the goals, strategies and actions that state agencies are implementing or planning to implement in the near future. The four priority goals are:

  1. Prevent opioid misuse and abuse
  2. Identify and treat opioid use disorder
  3. Reduce morbidity and mortality from opioid use disorder
  4. Use data and information to detect opioid misuse/abuse, monitor morbidity and mortality, and evaluate interventions

To provide feedback or for more information please contract Opioidprescribing@doh.wa.gov or visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/opioidresponseworkgroup

Thank you for your participation in this effort.

June 19, 2018

The 2017-19 Early Learning Facilities (ELF) program online application is now open to K-12 school districts and eligible organizations.

Please use this link to go to the ZoomGrants website. All applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants. Hard copies are not accepted.

Applications are due to Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.

If you have any questions, please email earlylearningfacilities@commerce.wa.gov.

June 15, 2018

The Washington State Department of Health’s, Marijuana Prevention and Education Program is excited to announce the launch of the Know This About Cannabis campaign.

This is the first statewide campaign directed at legal, non-medical consumers in Washington. Know This About Cannabis aims to increase awareness about the risks, rules, and responsibilities around retail, non-medical, cannabis use. Ultimately, our goal is to reduce impaired driving, prevent use while pregnant or breastfeeding, and keep cannabis products out of the hands of youth.

Check out the Know This About Cannabis toolkit, access social media posts and the website to learn more.

If you would like to adapt the campaign in your community or have any questions, please contact Kristen.Haley@doh.wa.gov.

June 15, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the update of an important resource on opioid overdose prevention. The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit offers information and facts from literature and links to resources to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Because interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to success, SAMHSA offers the Toolkit as an educational resource for community members, first responders, prescribers, patients, and families.

June 15, 2018

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has release a 3-minute survey for partners to provide feedback on the 2019 Target Zero Strategic Highway Safety Plan: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TargetZeroUsers.

June 7, 2018

The Awards of Excellence are an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication and contributions to the Prevention field.

Please take the time to nominate a colleague, young person, program or organization in the following award categories:

  • Exemplary Prevention Youth Leadership
  • Exemplary Prevention Professional and/or Exemplary Community Prevention Leader
  • Exemplary Tribal Prevention Professional and/or Exemplary Tribal Community Prevention Leader
  • Exemplary Community Coalition and/or Exemplary Tribal Community Prevention Group
  • Exemplary Contributions to Prevention by an Organization, Business, or Agency
  • Exemplary Implementation of a Prevention Program

We will celebrate awardees and their successes at the award ceremony during the Prevention Summit in November.

Nominations are due September 17, 2018 by 5:00 PM. Please review the nomination packet thoroughly; if you have any questions contact Martha Williams at Martha.Williams@hca.wa.gov or at (360) 725-3260.

 

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