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March 8, 2019

The Washington State Department of Health is excited to announce that the Annual Firearm Fatality and Suicide Prevention report is now available online. It includes some Washington activities accomplished in 2018 and our most recent data. Everyone has a role in suicide prevention, and this year they had many communities and partners share their stories and ongoing work. For more information visit, the DOH Suicide Prevention Data and Reports page.

March 8, 2019

The Take Back campaign partner toolkit is now live on GetTheFactsRx.com. You can access it two ways:

March 7, 2019

Many of our community prevention providers are partnering this April to host or support the National Drug Take Back Day on April 27th. Here is a Take Back Event Guide from Michigan Open to help you in your planning!

March 5, 2019

With support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a part of the National Institutes of Health, CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) has created a publication entitled, "Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: Juuling, Other Trends, and Community Prevention," which outlines best practices for coalitions to tackle this epidemic among youth.   

During the National Leadership Forum, Surgeon General Adams lauded this publication as “amazing,” saying “…it literally has everything you would ever want to know about e-cigarettes. And we need to make sure this is the hands of every adult, every teacher, every community leader, and every student out there.” 

This Practical Theorist is available to download free of charge from CADCA’s website.

March 5, 2019

In response to recent events surrounding social media and suicide content, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), in partnership with pediatricians and subject matter experts, has released an easy-to-use tipsheet for parents, health and behavioral health providers, and caregivers. It is the goal of AAS and our member experts to provide parents and providers the help they need to make the world safer for youth at risk for suicide.

“Increasingly, as children live digital lives, they will be at risk of encountering disturbing images of suicide and self-injury. The social media-based platform fixes for this will take some time to achieve. Until that time, it’s the responsibility of parents and clinicians to take an active interest in keeping children safe on digital and social media platforms,” said April Foreman, PhD, Executive Committee Member of the AAS Board. “We hope that as parents and providers take a more active role, that social media platforms will be good community partners and develop the solutions our children need to be safe in the digital spaces they’re likely to visit.”

Social media has its inherent benefits (community, connectedness, and recreation) and disadvantages (potential isolation, sharing age-inappropriate content, and anonymized discrimination) and understanding a child’s use of it can provide adults with the foundation of a strategy for everyday household use. This tipsheet is meant to be the first step in that process.

March 5, 2019

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is seeking sponsors for the 2019 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP helps ensure children experiencing poverty continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer, when they do not have access to school meals.

This federally-funded program may be sponsored by public and private nonprofit schools; residential and non-residential summer camps; nonprofit organizations; tribal organizations; and units of local, county, municipal, and state government. Colleges and universities that participate in the Upward Bound Program also may sponsor meal sites.

Read more here.

February 28, 2019

We just updated the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program manuals and digital downloads.

Changes include enhanced program PowerPoint slides, screening and feedback surveys, goal plans, and scripts for implementing SPORT PPW screening and brief interventions to youth individually and in groups.

Here is a link to view a sample of the new SPORT PPW program version for high school adolescents: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/sport-ppw-for-high-school-adolescents-sample

For questions, contact us: or (904) 472-5022

February 26, 2019

This planning guide and resource calendar helps communities plan and implement their National Prevention Week 2019 activities. In addition to information on health observances and SAMHSA resources, the guide includes quarterly checklists, planning tips, and introductions to NPW’s federal partners. This year’s calendar also features Augmented Reality, so the calendar can come alive for users after they download a free app for their mobile device. 

February 14, 2019

Webinar Objectives:

1. Identify the need for evaluating all prevention programs, including evidence-based interventions.       

2. Examine common challenges to assessing prevention programs.

3. Identify the evaluation design built into all Prevention Plus Wellness programs that addresses typical challenges.     

4. Describe the measures assessed by the Prevention Plus Wellness scannable screening and feedback surveys. 

5. List steps for scanning completed pre-post program surveys. 

6. Explore practical advanced evaluation designs and resources.   

Length: 1 hour 

CEU Certificate: 1-hour CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate 

For questions, or if you’d like us to present this webinar to your organization, call: (904) 472-5022, info@preventionpluswellness.com 

Webinar link: https://youtu.be/zDN3IJLkc_A

 

February 13, 2019

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services has released the January 2019 CORE Profiles, a comprehensive collection of community indicators for Washington. The Smarter Balanced Assessment data have been updated to 2018, all other indicators to 2017.

The Profiles, comprised of over 450 reports, provide annual trends for the last 5 to 12 years for the state and every county, school district, and locale. The indicators cover such topics as child and family health, availability of drugs and substance abuse, criminal justice involvement among teens and adults, academic performance of children and youth, and socioeconomic conditions in your community. Nearly 50 indicators are presented in graphs, maps and tables; the reports are available in PDF and Excel. The profiles are updated twice a year.

Tips for using the CORE Risk Profiles can also be found online.

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