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August 31, 2018

The 29th annual National Leadership Forum will be held February 4 – 7, 2019 in National Harbor, MD.

Register online. 

Do you want to exhibit at Forum? Check out the exhibitor prospectus

Submit a proposal for the Ideas Fair Display; apply for a youth or adult scholarship.

Forum will be filled with new training, energizing speakers and a multitude of networking opportunities. 

Interested in submitting a Call for Presentations application?

This year's theme is Transforming Communities: The Power of Prevention and as community change agents, we embrace the philosophy in our work to improve the quality of life in our nation's communities.The submission deadline is noon on Friday, September 21st.

Ready to register yourself and your coalition members? Be sure your member roster is updated, head to the Member Center and register online! Need help registering? Check out the new registration resources.

August 30, 2018

Congratulations to the four new Drug Free Communities (DFC) grantees in Washington state:

  • Klickitat County (Our Klickitat)
  • Sedro-Woolley (Skagit County Child and Family Consortium)
  • Spokane (Spokane West Central Coalition) and
  • Tacoma (The Prevent! Tacoma Coalition).

To receive funding through this highly competitive Federal program is a testament to the terrific work going on in those coalitions. As a DFC recipient, these grantees will receive up to $125,000 per year for five years with an opportunity to apply for an additional five years.

There were also three Washington coalitions that secured DFC funding for an additional five years:

  • Sunnyside (Sunnyside United-Unidos)
  • Issaquah (Influence the Choice – Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth)
  • Raymond (Teen Advocacy Coalition)

Again, the continued coalition awards demonstrate the strength and effectiveness those coalitions have in their communities.  These 7 coalitions join 18 other Washington coalitions with continuation grant awards, bringing the total of coalitions in the state funded through the Drug Free Communities grant to 25. 

Our congratulations to all DFC grantees on your hard work, successful applications, and the increased opportunity to create positive community-wide change preventing substance abuse!  

Information about the DFC program and Drug Free Communities grantees can be found here:


August 28, 2018

A new report from CDC shows that suicide rates are rising across the US and issues a call to action to prevent suicide and help those at risk.

August 23, 2018

The Washington State Patrol has observed a spike in DUI stops — drunk drivers — with children in the car across the Olympic Peninsula. Read more on MYNorthwest.

August 20, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the release of the Spanish translation of the updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. 

August 20, 2018

The Journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism released a review of binge drinking research, including the following topics:

  • Adolescent binge drinking
  • The epidemiology of binge drinking among college-age individuals in the U.S.
  • High-intensity drinking
  • Gender differences in binge drinking
  • Binge drinking's effects on the developing brain
  • Binge drinking's effects on the body
August 20, 2018

August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day, is an opportunity to remember those who have been affected by overdose, and to educate about how to prevent or reverse overdose. has shareable resources that can be used for this day and for related events.

These include:

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:

If you have questions about this particular training, please contact Quinn Buchwald at or (206) 601-1812