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June 5, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Examine alcohol, vaping (e-cigarettes), marijuana & opioid use Prevention Plus Wellness screening & brief interventions
  2. List differences between typical substance use prevention and Prevention Plus Wellness programs
  3. Explore theory and research supporting brief and multi-health risk behavior interventions
  4. Describe options, settings, steps and adaptations for implementing and evaluating PPW programs.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_foLTQmcPTXiTHHsdzj-q6g

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Thursday June 11th          

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

Learn more: http://preventionpluswellness.com

 

June 5, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. List three steps for providing Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) screening and brief interventions.
  2. Demonstrate how youth can implement the SPORT (alcohol use) PPW program to their peers.
  3. Review strategies trained youth leaders can use to provide quality PPW programs to peers.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_duIPXQqoRU29Y5Iq2qKzTg

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Tuesday June 9th          

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

Learn more: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/ppw-youth-leadership-training-onsite-workshop

June 4, 2020

Prevention advocates: There's a good news step forward in your many years of work advocating for more community drug take-back options as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing the opioid epidemic and medicine abuse!  A statewide drug take-back program will launch in late November under the WA Secure Drug Take-Back Act.
A pharmaceutical industry drug take-back proposal was approved by the WA State Department of Health on May 25th as compliant with the state law RCW 69.48, which was enacted in 2018 after many years of advocacy and lobbying.  The program will be operated by MED-Project and funded by hundreds of pharmaceutical manufacturers whose prescription and over-the-counter medicines are sold into our state. 

The approved program proposal is linked from DOH's Safe Medication Return Program page: https://www.doh.wa.gov/ForPublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/HealthcareProfessionsandFacilities/SafeMedicationReturnProgram

MED-Project has 180 days to implement the approved program which means drug take-back services must begin in late November 2020.  The approved plan states MED-Project will meet the law's collection system convenience standard on day one of program launch and begin promoting the program to residents on day one. The program will operate secure drug drop boxes and a prepaid return mail-back program. Areas lacking access to secure drop boxes will get supplemental mail-back services and/or collection events supervised by law enforcement. Existing drug take-back locations can join the MED-Project program and have all costs paid.

MED-Project is currently operating drug take-back programs in 7 counties in Western WA with local drug take-back ordinances. Over time those local programs will merge into a unified statewide drug take-back program. More info about those 7 county-level MED-Project programs is at https://med-project.org/locations under Washington State. Those successful programs are a preview of what's coming for the whole state.

Thank You & Congratulations!  A diverse coalition of proponents worked long and hard to pass a good state law with clear requirements, strong standards for program services, accountability, and transparency. The voices of prevention professionals with their deep knowledge of substance abuse prevention and community needs were critical. Our solidarity on the policy, the leadership of the 7 counties that passed local laws, and the steadfast leadership of our prime sponsor Representative Strom Peterson and so many other legislators were essential to get to this point.  Our strong pharmaceutical stewardship law gave WA DOH the authority to require numerous improvements to the industry’s initial proposals to meet requirements for the comprehensive program we envisioned. This was hard work for WA DOH and their efforts are appreciated! 

What’s next? 

  • Promotion. Helping promote the MED-Project drug take-back program when it launches in November. Drug manufacturers are required to provide education and promotion to residents, health professionals, and many others. Your organization’s efforts can amplify and supplement this in your community. If you are interested in coordinating with WA DOH on promotion, please contact Carly Bartz-Overman who is the lead staff at WA DOH. carly.bartz-overman@doh.wa.gov
  • Participation. Encouraging potential collection sites and mailer distribution sites across the state to participate in the MED-Project program.  Many pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, law enforcement, and others have indicated they want to participate. Many are already participating in the 7 counties with local laws – thank you! MED-Project will launch a WA website that will provide more info for collectors and mailer distributors. For now, MED-Project has contact info on this website: https://med-project.org/
  • Watch-dogging. Making sure the MED-Project program meets the law’s requirements, serves residents and communities well, and is working for all the participating collection sites and mailer distribution locations.  WA DOH’s oversight and compliance role is defined in the law.  Stakeholders can do their part by providing feedback to WA DOH and to MED-Project as the program is implemented. 

I got involved with this drug take-back initiative more than 10 years ago as a King County staffer, then continued the work as a policy consultant, and at times as a volunteer who just couldn't let go. Through a partnership with many diverse organizations that grew over the years, we struggled to pass a state bill, failed, found traction with local Board of Health ordinances, went back to the state Legislature in 2017, and finally got a good law passed in 2018. I am forever grateful for the people I've met and the relationships formed during the journey.

Thank you being a critical part of this small but meaningful step towards making our families healthier, our communities safer, and our environment cleaner!

Margaret Shield, PhD
(pronouns: she/her/hers)
Community Environmental Health Strategies, LLC
margaret.shield@CEHstrategies.com
mobile:  206-499-5452
www.CEHstrategies.com

 

June 2, 2020

Our first-time-ever all virtual WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board-Prevention Roundtable is THIS UPCOMING MONDAY (June 8from 10a-12p via WebEx. Register in advance here: https://tinyurl.com/LCBJune8th. See flyer for additional information.

We hope you will join LCB Chair, Jane Rushford, Director Rick Garza, and other key staff to hear from you about how LCB's rules and the products we regulate are impacting the communities you serve, as well as share suggestions and solutions. 

The goals of our LCB-Prevention Roundtables are to 1) Build relationships between LCB Leadership and the Prevention/Public Health community, 2) Address questions and issues at the regional level, and 3) Provide a forum for Prevention/Public Health to share experiences, input, and/or knowledge with LCB.

Thank you to the Planning Team of prevention folks who have been meeting weekly to help plan and make sure the topics and format are as useful as possible to everyone. We will not be able to have the same small group interaction as we usually do given the format and size; however, we are doing our utmost to make this as participatory as possible. We will answer any questions we don’t get to after the event. You are also welcome to email questions in advance to sara.broschart@lcb.wa.gov.

There is still time for friends and colleagues to register so please share the flyer. Reminder that participation is limited to prevention and public health professionals only.

May 29, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Explain the need for and benefits of integrating wellness promotion into substance use prevention.
  2. Describe a marketing-related conceptual model for creating integrated prevention with wellness content, programs and campaigns.
  3. Explore evidence-based resources for providing prevention with wellness programs.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aQNDddwsT4OA7lPj3hd-SQ

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Tuesday June 2nd          

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

Learn more: http://preventionpluswellness.com

 

May 29, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Describe steps for implementing youth substance use Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs
  2. Explore PPW program and training options
  3. List tips for providing screening, feedback and goal setting strategies in PPW programs
  4. Identify new applications of PPW program content and implementation and evaluation approaches and resources

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YXaYKuq2QEK7JhOzO_49sg

Length: 30 minutes 

Date: Thursday June 4th         

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

Learn more: http://preventionpluswellness.com

May 25, 2020

Hidden In Plain Sight Tri-Cities has been available around the state in person for 2 years now!!  As we celebrate our 2 year anniversary, we know we must adapt and grow our program!! As times have changed over the past few months, so have delivery methods for getting information to our communities.  HIPS TC is now being offered with virtual options, including teacher training (with clock hours).  

This presentation is designed to expand your knowledge of youth trends and start great conversations around risky or problem behaviors.  Presentations are generally 2 hours, but adaptations can be made to accomadate your needs.  Several funding sources can be used, as many topics are focused on during delivery.  Topics include: nicotine, cannabis, alcohol, inhalents, prescription medication, self harm, online safety, risk factors, protective factors and more! For more information about this interactive presentation please call Jennifer Dorsett (Facilitator) at 509-851-1348 or email jennifer.dorsett.sac@gmail.com.

May 20, 2020

Thank you to everyone who has already responded to this query! I want to be sure not to miss anyone in this round of stakeholder input to WA DOH's Tobacco Program (there will be future opportunities). Please review my post and respond via the link below by Tuesday May 26th, end of day. Thank you!

All interested CPWI and DFC program leaders in WA are invited to participate in one-hour Zoom meeting interviews in May or early June about your organization’s priorities, collaborations, and viewpoint on partnerships for tobacco/vapor product work in Washington state.

I am working on behalf of the Tobacco and Vapor Products Prevention and Control Program at the Department of Health as part of the initial stage of an initiative to support, recharge, and expand partnerships to increase our effectiveness on tobacco/vapor product policies and programs. Responses will not be directly attributed to you or your organization. All feedback will be summarized and aggregated with those of other interviewees. Providing written responses to questions is another option for those not available for an hour-long interview. The state Department of Health will provide additional opportunities for stakeholder input as this project progresses.

If you are interested in participating in an interview, please fill out this short Google Form to send your response and contact info to me:  https://forms.gle/LvYn4psHUGT9vVRL9  Please responsd by May 26th, end of day, thank you!

I am sending similar interview invitations to an array of organizations working on tobacco and vapor product prevention in WA. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at margaret.shield@cehstrategies or 206-499-5452.

Margaret Shield, PhD  (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Community Environmental Health Strategies, LLC
Smart Science & Policy for Our Health and Environment
Seattle, WA
margaret.shield@CEHStrategies.com 206-499-5452
www.CEHstrategies.com

May 20, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Examine alcohol, vaping & marijuana use Prevention Plus Wellness screening & brief interventions
  2. List differences between typical substance use prevention and Prevention Plus Wellness programs
  3. Explore theory and research supporting brief and multi-health risk behavior interventions
  4. Describe options, settings, steps and adaptations for implementing and evaluating PPW programs.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p552m3LvT2CXWcQI4tgw7A

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday May 27th         

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

Learn more: http://preventionpluswellness.com

 

More Online Prevention Program Training Opportunities

Online PPW Program Implementer Workshop: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/live-online-certified-program-implementer-training

Online PPW Program Training of Trainer Workshop: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/live-online-certified-training-of-trainer-workshop

Youth Leadership Training in Providing PPW Programs: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/ppw-youth-leadership-training-onsite-workshop

PPW Program Training Schedule: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/program-training-schedule

May 14, 2020

Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore are conducting a research study to assess alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic and to better understand how the stress of COVID-19 is impacting our lives and our drinking patterns. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

By completing the survey, you can choose to be entered in a raffle to win one of several $25 gift cards. Your feedback will also help provide guidance to researchers, psychologists, and policymakers.

Consider sharing this survey broadly. To access the survey, click here: https://umbc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_88I9C9j3s4fBCex

If you have any other questions, please contact the co-PI Dr. Elyse Grossman at elyse2@umbc.edu.

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