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January 2, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) is pleased to announce a digital storytelling Challenge, or competition, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The Challenge, entitled Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities is to develop a brief (five minutes or less) digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.

The first place winner will receive $4,000; second place will receive $3,000; third place will receive $2,000; and two honorable mentions will each receive $500.  Awards will be announced the week of March 6th, 2017. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee.  Travel will be reimbursed for those invitees.

The submission is a video that describes: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Submissions are limited to a video that may not exceed five minutes.  Winning entries may be posted on the NIH web site.  Submissions must be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific/technical backgrounds.

For more details on the specific requirements of submissions, please go to the announcement of the challenge on the THRO website. If you have any questions, please do reach out to us at or 301-402-9852.

December 17, 2016

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy published a report on an emerging public health threat affecting our country. E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General is the 33rd Surgeon General’s report in 53 years to address the impact of tobacco on health. It is the first to focus on e-cigarettes.  

This report confirms that there is no acceptable level of nicotine when it comes to our kids. It notes that e-cigarettes are often a delivery system for nicotine, a highly addictive substance that can harm the developing brain. The report also confirms that the aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless. It can contain chemicals and particulates that are dangerous to the person using these products (“vaping”) and to anyone who may inhale that aerosol second-hand.

The Surgeon General’s report is available at There you will also find tools for parents and a brand new Public Service Announcement from Dr. Murthy. Please help us promote this important publication by sharing it with your networks. We would also appreciate your help getting the word out on social media, using the hashtag #NoEcigs4Kids in your posts.

December 17, 2016

A  new  study  finds  that  the  percentage  of  U.S.  teens  who  vape  declined  in  2016—the first  significant  reversal  of  a  rapid  rise  in  adolescent  vaping.  The  rate  grew  from near­zero  levels  of  use  in  2011  to  one  of  the  most  common  forms  of  adolescent substance  use  by  2015,  researchers  said.

From  2015  to  2016,  the  percentage  of  adolescents  who  vaped  in  the  last  30  days declined  from  16  percent  to  13  percent  among  12th­grade  students,  from  14  percent  to 11  percent  among  10th­grade  students,  and  from  8  percent  to  6  percent  among 8th­grade  students.  Each  of  these  declines  was  statistically  significant.

These  findings  come  from  the  University  of  Michigan's  Monitoring  the  Future  study, which  tracks  trends  in  substance  use  among  students  in  12th,  10th  and  8th  grades. Each  year  the  national  study,  now  in  its  42nd  year,  surveys  40,000  to  50,000  students  in about  400  public  and  private  secondary  schools  throughout  the  United  States.

See attached news brief for more information.

December 17, 2016

The Washington State Frontiers of Innovation (WA FOI) partners are seeking Letters of Interest (LOI) from communities that have a passion for prevention, innovation and reducing the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for families with young children. 

The WA FOI team would like to partner with you to explore what works and doesn’t work in your community to connect systems to improve child and family well-being. Specifically, we are interested in how we can work together to more effectively (1) find families as early as possible who are experiencing high levels of stress at the birth of a child, and (2) create a triaged response that helps target resources most effectively based on a family’s interests and needs.

This is not a new initiative but rather an opportunity to work together to build new connections and synergy across the current systems of family-serving resources. What we learn together will inform state systems and policies.

Who Should Submit a Letter of Interest?

  • A “community collaborative” with a strong commitment to reduce and mitigate the effects of ACEs in the first 1,000 days of a child’s development.
  • A community that has an idea of what they want to change and are looking for innovative ways to achieve their goals and create lasting system impact.

What is the timeline?

  • Request for LOI released: December 15, 2016
  • Pre-proposal Webinar: January 6, 2017
  • LOI submission deadline: January 31, 2017
  • Meet with a short list of selected communities for an Information Exchange: March 27-31, 2017
  • Announcement of selected community(s): April 7, 2017
  • Phase One the technical assistance, planning, and design period: April 15, 2017 through June 30, 2018
  • Phase Two Study Implementation period: July 1, 2018 to June 2020 based upon available funds

All interested stakeholders will be invited to receive updates on what we learn across both Phase One and Phase Two of the demonstration period.

Looking for more information?

Visit where you can find a resource packet that includes:

  • The WA FOI First Thousand Days Strategic Framework
  • A community readiness self-assessment tool
  • Links to data that may help to define your population
  • WA FOI Newborn Study Group Roster

Have questions?

Please submit questions by email to



December 13, 2016

2016 Partnerships for Success Targeted Enhancement Project application packet now available.

CPWI coalitions are eligible to submit applications for this funding source.  Non-CPWI substance abuse prevention coalitions in Washington state may apply and may be accepted with successful application and if funding allows.  

Regardless of whether you represent a CPWI coalition or not, we encourage applications for one or more of the projects if they are of interest & needed by the community.  

  • Funding opportunity available for January 2017 – June 30, 2017
  • Please review application packet for details on projects, funding amounts, and application submission details. 
  • Please send completed applications to by 5:00 p.m. on December 30, 2016.

If you have any questions or need technical assistance on this year’s projects, email
Do not send questions directly to DBHR staff.  All questions submitted to the address about this funding opportunity will be compiled and posted each Friday on The Athena Forum.  [As of Dec 28, 2016, no questions have been recieved.]

December 13, 2016

2016 Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention Project application packet now available.

CPWI coalitions, community based organizations, and other agencies are eligible to submit applications for both Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention projects.   

  • Funding opportunity available for January 2017 – June 30, 2017
  • Please review application packet for details on projects, funding amounts, and application submission details. 
  • Please send completed applications to by 5:00 p.m. on December 30, 2016.

If you have any questions or need technical assistance on this year’s projects, email
Do not send questions directly to DBHR staff.  All questions submitted to the address about this funding opportunity will be compiled and posted each Friday on The Athena Forum.

UPDATE:  "Questions and Answers" document attached.  Most recently updated December 29, 2016.

December 8, 2016

Prevention partners are once again invited to participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This week-long health observance is an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drugs, alcohol, and addiction from scientists and other experts.

Organize and promote an educational event or activity for teens during the week of January 23–29, 2017, and help shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol. It's easy to get involved!

Register your event and receive support from NIDA staff to plan a successful activity. NIDA staff can help you order free science-based materials to complement your event, brainstorm activity ideas, and partner with other organizations. Get your event nationally recognized by adding it to the official 2017 map of activities for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.

Plan Your Event—5 Steps to Hosting

For more information, contact Brian Marquis at NIDA at

December 6, 2016

Each year the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery compiles and submits an Annual Synar Report (ASR) to the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The report is currently available for public review.  If you wish to submit a comment after reviewing the report, it must be received by 5:00pm (pacific) on Friday, December 9.

Send your comments to:  Please include the Section number and item number as it relates to any of your comments.  It will also be helpful to include the page number, as is appears in the footer of the document.

NOTE:  For the version made available for public comment, certain in-text notations were made for the benefit of the reader.  Those are highlighted purple.

FFY 2017 Annual Synar Report  [click to open a copy of the report]

SSES Tables 1-4

December 3, 2016

The statewide Listen2YourSelfie youth video contest has launched!  (Deadline has been extended to January 20, 2017.)

Key details about the contest:

  • Anyone in Washington State age 13-18 can enter.
  • The prompt is simple, youth should answer this question: "What's important to you?"
  • The top eight videos will be selected by region and five students will get to film a professional video with our ad agency, GMMB. These videos will be a part of our next media buy!
  • In a random drawing, we are giving away 50 Selfie-Sticks to anyone who enters the contest!
  • Anyone who doesn't have access to a video-recording device can enter a photo, poem, or brief essay.

Act fast!  Last day to enter is January 20, 2017.



December 3, 2016

The Marijuana Prevention and Education Program is excited to announce the successful bidders for our Tailored Youth Marijuana Prevention Marketing contracts.

There is one $100,000 contract for each of the five prioritized populations:

  • African American: Sumnu & MYS
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: Kauffman & Associates, Incorporated
  • Asian and Pacific Islander: Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Advocating Together for Healthy Communities (APICAT)
  • Hispanic and Latino: The Idea Marketing
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ): Gay City

This pilot project will run until June 30, 2017. These contractors will work closely with GMMB, the current Priority Population Contractors, and our program to deliver tailored media campaigns to youth in Washington.