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March 5, 2020

The Central East PTTC has issued the “Prevention Guide to Improving Cultural Competency-A Literature Review."

This document is intended to support substance use prevention stakeholders in improving their cultural competency and capacity to serve minority and vulnerable populations. It was created through a literature review of recent academic journal publications and evidence-based resource databases.

Readers will learn about:

  • Resources and recommendations from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve outreach and communication with minority and vulnerable populations;
  • The impact cultural competence can have on reducing behavioral health disparities among minority and vulnerable populations;
  • Evidence-based strategies and conceptual frameworks for implementing organizational change to improve cultural competence.
March 4, 2020

A new AmeriCorps program is being formed by the Washington Service Corps. The new program is titled the Recovery Corps of Washington. This AmeriCorps program is designed to place AmeriCorps members at partner sites across the state. These partner sites are existing non-profit and government programs engaged in evidence-based substance abuse prevention edcuation programs and peer recovery coaching. 

We are seeking partners to join us in this new endeavor. Partner sites must apply and pay a small placement fee to gain access to AmeriCorps grant dollars specifically designed to support AmeriCorps members serving beneficiaries in your program. 

For more information please contact us at 1-888-713-6080 or email us at You may also call the program outreach coordinator, Kim Maki at 360-688-3948 or email at

To apply:

For more information:

March 1, 2020

Kick Butts Day is now Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action

2020 marks the 25th Kick Butts Day — the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco.  Effective immediately, this program is now Take Down Tobacco – a 365-day effort with Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action as its premier annual event.

This year’s event will be held on March 18th.

There is a  a new website filled with resources to help you get involved right now. Local event registration is open, and activity kits are available while supplies last.


In light of public gatherings being canceled due to COVID-19, a #TakeDownTobacco Digital Power Wall has been created!

This tool allows you to tell the world why YOU are in this fight. In 10 seconds, you'll have a customized graphic that you can share on social media. Plus, your statement will be featured on a rolling display on the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids website. Event organizers will use the display to educate their peers and decision-makers about why we must protect kids by standing up to the tobacco and vaping industries.  

Plus, the Power Wall will take any Twitter or Instagram post that uses the hashtag #TakeDownTobacco – and will automatically put them on the display too.

March 1, 2020

Excerpt, from the American Lung Association website:

The 18th annual American Lung Association "State of Tobacco Control" report evaluates states and the federal government on the proven-effective tobacco control laws and policies necessary to save lives. The report serves as a blueprint for what state and federal leaders need to do to eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco use.


March 1, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health has published an updated Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement in Tobacco Prevention and Control.

This user guide focuses on the critical role of youth engagement in achieving tobacco prevention and control goals. Youth bring energy and enthusiasm to tobacco control efforts and play a vital role in educating the public and mobilizing their peers to push strategies forward.

The Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement in Tobacco Prevention and Control can help:

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to youth engagement that includes preparing to engage youth, involving youth in new tobacco control strategies, and sustaining youth engagement over time;
  • Learn from new examples how to engage youth in tobacco prevention and control;
  • Make the case for investing in youth engagement; and
  • Identify the best tobacco control resources and tools to help in planning efforts.

The online version of the guide is available on CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site at

The guide was written in partnership with the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

February 29, 2020

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Identify 3 options for providing PPW strategies.
  2.  Describe how PPW programs can be tailored to your setting & youth population(s).
  3. Describe 6 steps for creating your own evidence-informed PPW program or media campaign.

Length: 30-minutes

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February 29, 2020

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Describe basic PYD facts, principals & evidence for effectiveness.
  2. List three organizations using PYD to improve youth health.
  3. Identify three evidence-based PYD programs for preventing youth substance use.
  4. Explain the advantages, goals & approaches for using Prevention Plus Wellness programs as PYD strategies.


Length: Approximately 30 minutes 

Date: Thursday March 5th        

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: .5-hour CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

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February 18, 2020

Thought this may be a good example of community education. Our King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) Communications Team developed a new publication, “10 DCHS Accomplishments in 2019.” Please see the weblink, It has highlights by King County Council district, of nearly 100 instances of things DCHS does for and with local communities. This is just a snapshot and all of our services and programs could not be included; however, it does feature the majority of our CPWI coalitions. This report was distributed to each of the King County Council members and shared widely with staff and community.

February 18, 2020

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) is pleased to announce the release of an Overview of and Recommendations Regarding Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).

The overview:

  • Offers background on e-cigarettes and reviews the scope of the problem, especially among youth;
  • Outlines federal actions over the past several years, including recent steps to raise the minimum age of legal tobacco product access to 21;
  • Describes the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) role in regulating the sale of tobacco products;
  • Describes the State alcohol & drug agencies’ role in tobacco control, with a particular focus on Synar; and
  • Offers NASADAD’s position and recommendations related to ENDS.                                          

The Association’s position and recommendations, as outlined in the document, are:

  • NASADAD appreciates HHS’s actions to reduce youth use of e-cigarettes, including the Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth.
  • NASADAD is supportive of recent federal efforts to raise the minimum age of legal tobacco product purchase to 21 across the United States.
  • With 20% of youth using e-cigarettes, there should be further efforts to bolster enforcement of age limits. The federal government should provide funds to States to help with these enforcement efforts.
  • NASADAD recognizes that while there are many FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) for those 18 and older, none—aside from varenicline (Chantix)—are approved for sale to youth.
  • Although NRT products are being used off-label by some clinicians in order to help youth clients with tobacco cessation, more resources must be invested to hasten research on the appropriate treatment protocol for cessation in individuals under the age of 18.
  • We recognize that there are counterfeit flavored nicotine products on the market that may have inaccurate label information, new products such as “heat-not-burn” tobacco devices that are popular in other countries, and a variety of devices that are utilized to ingest substances such as marijuana. These and other issues deserve thorough examination as Congress and the Administration consider further action.
February 14, 2020

The National American Indian and Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) is pleased to announce a collaborative technical assistance project focused on helping communities create their own health promotion interventions for their communities. Three pilot sites will be chosen from the applicants to participate in the project.

Learning collaborative opportunities focusing on the following topics:

  • Assistance in identifying key stakeholders
  • Identifying barriers to health promotion
  • Engaging local programs and agencies
  • Cultural considerations
  • Community engagement opportunities
  • Utilization of media
  • Face-to-face trainings

How to apply: Email application to Cindy Sagoe at Application due February 28th, 2020.