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April 22, 2020

In an effort to make sure all Washingtonians have the information they need to stay healthy, the state is funding a $500,000 community-based outreach campaign. Community-rooted organizations will provide emergency language and outreach services to groups disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but less likely to be receiving timely information through government agencies and traditional news media.

“It’s crucial for every Washingtonian to understand how to stay healthy, stop the spread of COVID-19 and find resources to help them during this difficult time,” said Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “By engaging trusted members and leaders of our state’s diverse communities to develop and share that information effectively, we’ll be much better able to fight this pandemic together.”

The state Department of Health has made information available in at least 26 languages and strives to ensure educational materials are appropriate for many cultures. However, community-rooted efforts led by trusted messengers are often the most effective in communicating critical health information.

Some groups may be affected by COVID-19 more than others due to the disease’s health impacts, systemic health care inequities or an individual’s living situation or increased risk of exposure. These groups may need information provided in different formats or languages than what many media outlets and government agencies provide.

Successful applicants are to use the state funding to offer culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate information, education, and outreach about COVID-19 to diverse communities affected by the disease.

Community-rooted organizations, small businesses, and tribal governments interested in applying can download an information sheet  or email DOH-CETF@doh.wa.govfor more information. Applications are due May 3, but the department will begin reviewing them April 27. Because of the urgent need, applying by April 26 is encouraged. Contracts will run through July 31, 2020. Individual awards will vary and could be up to $30,000.

April 15, 2020

Building off the success of its smartphone app to help teens and young adults quit vaping, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program (CTPP) is partnering with Truth Initiative to promote an innovative text-to-quit vaping program, This is Quitting.

The text messages show the real side of quitting, both the good and the bad, to help young people feel motivated, inspired, and supported throughout their quitting process. Truth Initiative also sends young people evidence-based tips and strategies to quit and stay quit. The program is tailored based on age (within 13 to 24 years old) and product usage to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting. They can sign up by texting the WA-specific opt-in keyword VAPEFREEWA to 88709. Additionally, parents can text QUIT to (202) 899-7550 to receive text messages designed specifically for parents of teens and young adults who vape.

In line with the youth-driven, award-winning truth® campaign, this program is best promoted on a peer-to-peer basis. Truth Initiative’s research demonstrates that when adults try to spread a quitting message directly to youth, it does not have the intended result — and that's especially true when it comes to vaping. Until it is safe to distribute printed promotional materials to TVPPCP regional and priority population partners, TVPPCP is asking CPWI coalitions to leverage the attached creative and below sample messages to promote the program on social media, as resources permit. Please note that, per the DOH license agreement with Truth, these materials must not be modified.

For questions or to suggest ideas for further promotion, please contact Nick Fradkin, DOH Tobacco Cessation Consultant, at nick.fradkin@doh.wa.gov or 360-236-3547. Thank you in advance for promoting This is Quitting!

SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGES

For teens and young adults:

  • Quitting JUUL doesn’t have to suck. We’ve got your back with an easy, confidential (and free!) text-to-quit service. Text VAPEFREEWA to 88709.
  • It’s easier to quit vaping when you have an enormous support system. We’ve got that *and* an easy-to-use, confidential text-to-quit service. Text VAPEFREEWA to 88709.
  • Ready to quit JUUL? You’ve got this. And we’ve got your back. Text VAPEFREEWA to 88709 for an easy-to-use (and free) support system at your fingertips.

For adults:

  • In response to the youth vaping epidemic, @truthinitiative created This is Quitting, a free text message e-cigarette quit program. Youth and young adults in Washington can access the program by texting VAPEFREEWA to 88709.
  • Young e-cigarette users are 4x more likely to start smoking cigarettes than their peers who don’t vape. But quitting e-cigarettes is possible. Youth and young adults can text VAPEFREEWA to 88709 to join This is Quitting, a free text-to-quit program from @truthinitiative.
  • 3 million+ young people use e-cigarettes, like JUUL, which means they’re all at risk for nicotine addiction — but there are ways to help. Youth and young adults can text VAPEFREEWA to 88709 to join This is Quitting, a free text-to-quit program from @truthinitiative.
April 9, 2020

Please join the American Lung Association in Washington for a one-hour webinar to learn about Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) and how you can bring it to your school or community.

INDEPTH is a new, convenient alternative to suspension or citation program that helps schools and communities address teen vaping and tobacco use in a more supportive way. Join to learn about INDEPTH, how to get started with the program, and what it can look like in practice. Guest speakers will share their experiences implementing INDEPTH and the program will conclude with a Q+A with all speakers.

Speakers:

  • Emma Gossard, MPH, CHES, Health Promotions Coordinator at the American Lung Association in Washington
  • Sarah Music, Prevention Health Specialist at RiverStone Health (MT)
  • Eden Sowards, CHES, Prevention Health Specialist at RiverStone Health (MT)
  • Kim Nygard, BA, CPPT, Prevention/Intervention Specialist at Heidi’s Promise (WA)​

Date: May 1, 2020

Time: 12:00-1:00pm PST

Register: HERE. The webinar will be recorded and may be viewed at a later date. 

Learn More: Contact Emma.Gossard@Lung.org with questions. 

April 3, 2020

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Explore the contents in the single-session evidence-based SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program manuals for high school, middle school and elementary school youth.
  2. Compare scripts for providing SPORT PPW to youth individually vs. in group settings and face-to-face vs. online.
  3. Review updated PowerPoint slides and reproducible materials found in the program digital downloads.
  4. Identify online program implementation and evaluation tools and training.

Register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1bC_N3kmQKG5r8j_uiQDXQ

Length: Approximately 60 minutes 

Date: Thursday April 9th           

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: 1-hour CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

Learn More: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/sport-prevention-plus-wellness

View Program Sample: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1117/8352/files/SPORT_PPW_HS_Complete_SAMPLE_Redacted_2.28.19-Copy-Copy.pdf?15767580766219084441

View Program Video: https://youtu.be/ZQH0t-zwNq0

April 3, 2020

Due to the extraordinary times we are all experiencing, we wanted to provide Prevention Plus Wellness providers who are currently using our programs and have received Program Implementer training with free upgraded digital downloads allowing presentation of your program live online.

The new PPW program downloads include protocols to provide your program live online, revised PowerPoint slides allowing more interactive presentation online, and an online program goal plan/contract which allows prevention professionals and organizations to monitor goal setting and program feedback from participating youth and young adults.

All new purchases of PPW programs and training will include upgraded materials and instruction in providing our programs both face-to-face as well as online.

Request your PPW program downloads today: info@preventionpluswellness.com or (904) 472-5022. 

We are also providing free 1-hour live Prevention Plus Wellness Program Online Strategies Training for professionals who wish to learn how to best provide their PPW program online.

Our next training session is listed below.

Prevention Plus Wellness Program Online Strategies Training: Free Training Webinar

Session Objectives:

  1. Describe step-by-step methods for providing Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs live online to youth individually and in groups.
  2. List step-by-step methods for providing PPW programs by recorded video.
  3. Explore tools for monitoring and evaluating online PPW program quality and effectiveness.
  4. Identify PPW program online follow-up strategies, training and resources.

Register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H5fJN-_tTiSKws4AlCDHBg

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday April 8th      

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

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

Learn more: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/prevention-plus-wellness-welcome

March 30, 2020

Here is a 2-minute video sample of the evidence-based substance use SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program which promotes protective wellness behaviors among youth.

This is the high school version of the SPORT PPW program on video for easy online implementation by prevention and health specialists, organizations and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

View video: https://youtu.be/ZQH0t-zwNq0

Learn more: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/video-prevention-plus-wellness-programs?variant=31507250053222

We are also providing free 1-hour online training on how you can provide Prevention Plus Wellness programs live online to youth and young adults.

Register for our Wednesday training session: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R-ytE9ThSMijPFcS2HH-_A

March 30, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Describe step-by-step methods for providing Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs live online to youth individually and in groups.
  2. List step-by-step methods for providing PPW programs by recorded video.
  3. Compare and contrast preferred face-to-face PPW program implementation protocols to online and video strategies.
  4. Identify online PPW program follow-up strategies, training and resources.

Register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R-ytE9ThSMijPFcS2HH-_A

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday April 1st           

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

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

March 27, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) has significantly impacted the country and our everyday routines. Many schools and businesses have shut down and implemented homeschooling or work from home accommodation. The Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) would like to hear from you, substance misuse prevention champions, working to keep community partnerships, coalitions, and families strong during these challenging times. The PTTC wants to make space to listen and lean into your collective wisdom to honor both the emerging strengths and needs of the substance misuse prevention workforce throughout HHS Region 10 states: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
 

Dates and Times

Oregon:         April 1st, 2020  10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

Idaho:            April 1st, 2020  01:00 pm - 02:00 pm Pacific 
                                                02:00 pm - 03:00 pm Mountain
Alaska:          April 2nd, 2020 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm Alaska 
                                                02:00 pm - 03:00 pm Pacific 
Washington: April 3rd, 2020  02:00 pm - 03:00 pm Pacific 

 

Register here.

March 27, 2020

The Prevention Technical Transfer Centers (PTTCs) have create a page on their website to provide quick access to Pandemic Response Resources focused on Prevention. You can access this page via the PTTC website (https://pttcnetwork.org/ )  or by clicking on the following link: https://pttcnetwork.org/centers/global-pttc/pandemic-response-resources

You will find Federal Resources and also Resources from the PTTC Network such as:

More resources will be added to this page as they are developed.

March 24, 2020

Hello Prevention and Public Health Partners: 

The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is planning a virtual LCB-Prevention Roundtable to hear from prevention and public health partners (including coalitions) about how LCB and the products it regulates are impacting WA communities, as well as share suggestions and solutions. This will be a roundtable discussion and Q&A session.

Please complete this 3-minute survey by March 31 to provide feedback on interest and topics.

Questions? Contact Sara.Broschart@lcb.wa.gov

 

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