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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.

January 18, 2019

The Washington Poison Control (WAPC) is developing a Training of Trainers curriculum related to cannabis/marijuana. 

To help inform the curriculum content, WAPC would like to know what you would like to see in a cannabis Training of Trainers. The survey should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

The survey closes January 25th.

For more information, contact Alex Sirotzki at

January 17, 2019

The 2019 Saying It Out Loud (SIOL) Conference will take place on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Tacoma, WA.

The SIOL Conference focuses on information sharing and networking to improve behavioral health services and decrease disparities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals.

The conference strives to provide space to educate and share knowledge with attendees to better serve and support LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. Dialogue is encouraged across all topics that touch and impact individuals including understanding how difference with regards to gender identity and sexuality impact overall behavioral and physical health, self-determination and well-being.

All are welcome. Attendees in the past have included professionals from many areas such as behavioral health (mental health and substance use) across all ages and populations, non-profit agencies who serve LGBTQ+ individuals and families, child welfare, education, criminal justice, etc.

This year’s conference is scheduled to take place at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center Monday April 29th and will mark its 18th year. The conference has had continued success and growth year after year with around 400 in attendance at the 2018 conference. The goal of the conference is to continue making an impact in the lives of individuals for years to come.

The conference is sponsored by the Health Care Authority (HCA), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).

January 10, 2019

The CADCA Annual Survey is the only survey of coalitions for coalitions. It is the single source where coalitions, policymakers, researchers and practitioners can access up-to-date information on coalitions.

The aim of CADCA's Annual Survey is to identify coalitions around the country and learn more about what they are doing in their communities to address substance abuse problems. By adding their voice to the Annual Survey, coalitions provide critically needed information to advance the coalition field and help inform CADCA of training and technical assistance needs vital to coalitions.

Please contact CADCA to receive your personal survey link.

Phone: 1-800-542-2322, ext. 220

December 27, 2018

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan issued a press release on results from the 2018 Monitoring the Future study.  Increases in adolescent vaping from 2017 to 2018 were the largest ever recorded in the past 43 years for any adolescent substance use outcome in the U.S. The percentage of 12th grade students who reported vaping nicotine in the past 30 days nearly doubled, rising from 11% to 21%.

The annual Monitoring the Future study is now in its 44th year. About 45,000 students in 380 public and private secondary schools are surveyed each year in this U.S. national study, designed and conducted by research scientists at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The survey is completed by students in grades 8, 10 and 12.