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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:

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, 

Webinar link:


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.

February 13, 2019


The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is sponsoring a 2 1/2-day Positive Community Norms Institute (PCNI) scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 - Friday, March 22 at The Evergreen State College Longhouse, Olympia, WA. The deadline for registrations is Tuesday, March 12, at 5 PM.

For more information and to register, please go to this SurveyMonkey link,

This training is the start of a seven-months-long training and technical assistance initiative to build capacity for delivering PCN messaging across the state. Following the March 2019 PCNI, there will be monthly training and technical assistance events as well as direct access to coaching from experts in PCN and community assessment.

The PCNI is a free training sponsored by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The Montana Institute, a global leader in PCN development and training, has been contracted to provide the training and ongoing technical assistance. 
What is the Positive Community Norms approach?

The Positive Community Norms (PCN) approach to improving community health is a transformational model founded upon The Science of the Positive (SOTP). The Seven Step Montana Model for Positive Community Norms Communication (Linkenbach 1998, 2003) uses the Core Principles of the Science of the Positive to grow positive norms through leadership development, communications strategies, integration of prevention resources, and structured reflection. PCN cultivates cultural transformation by working on multiple community levels and factors at once. This framework has shown itself to be extremely effective in creating meaningful social change around health and safety issues including traffic safety, underage drinking, binge drinking, child maltreatment, and many others. (An Introduction to Positive Community Norms: a guide to PCN leadership, communication, integration, and reflection, Dr. Jeffrey D. Linkenbach, 2017).

Training Specifics

The training will start at 10 AM on March 20 and 9 AM on March 21-22. The training will end at 4:30 PM on March 20-21 and will end early in the afternoon on the final day. A working lunch will be provided each of the two full training days.

Seats are limited for this training. The training is designed for community and school-level practitioners. Preference will be given to individuals who directly work in traffic safety or whose work can show some traffic safety effects. A separate registration form is required for each registrant. Participants are expected to pay for their own travel expenses.

If you are accepted into the training you will automatically be enrolled in a minimum of seven months of ongoing PCNI training, technical assistance, and support. Notification about acceptance into the Positive Community Norms Institute will be emailed to individuals no later than 5 PM on Tuesday, 3/12/19. 

For more information

Contact Scott Waller, Program Manager, Washington Traffic Safety Commission,, (360) 725-9885.

February 8, 2019

CDC's Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program is pleased to announce the launch of its new PRC website. The new site offers quick and easy ways to access information about PRC research and Special Interest Projects.

See research findings conducted by CDC's 26 academic centers. The website is accessible from all smart devices, laptops, and tablets.

February 3, 2019

Webinar Objectives:

1.   Identify the need for integrating wellness promotion into substance use prevention programs.       

2.   Explain marketing concepts supporting integrated prevention with wellness programs.

3.   Describe a marketing-related conceptual model for creating integrated prevention with wellness programs.

4.   Describe two steps for creating messages integrating wellness with prevention.

5.   Provide examples of screening measures, integrated health messages and multiple behavior goal plans/contracts.

6.   Explore resources for providing prevention with wellness programs. 

Length: Approximately 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, 

View video:

January 31, 2019

What: Scholarships are now available for outstanding young leaders. Your city can nominate one young leader who plans to attend college or trade school this fall. Six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in May.

Action needed: Nominate a student in your community for a Center for Quality Communities scholarship by March 8 using the link below. 

Questions? Contact Karen Tanner at (360) 753-4137 and visit

January 25, 2019
The Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NWPTTC) is interested in learning about your training and resource needs related to your substance use and misuse prevention work.  Your responses to this survey will help us determine what prevention related trainings to provide, and how best to provide them.

This assessment is designed for anyone interested in training in substance use prevention to help build knowledge about prevention science and skills to identify and implement evidence-based programs and strategies.

This survey was designed to take 15 minutes to complete.  Thank you for your participation.

Access survey here.

January 25, 2019

Convenience samples indicate that transgender youths appear to be at higher risk for violence victimization, substance use, suicide risk, and sexual risk behaviors than are cisgender youth.

Population-based survey data from 10 state and nine urban school districts found that an average of 1.8% of high school students identify as transgender. Transgender students were more likely than were cisgender students to report violence victimization, substance use, and suicide risk, and, although generally more likely to report sexual risk behaviors, were also more likely to report having been tested for human immunodeficiency virus.

Read more here.