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November 22, 2019

The Washington Traffic Safety Commision (WTSC) will be holding the Washington Safety Conference June 2-4, 2020 in Spokane, WA at the Davenport Grand Hotel.

Registation links and agenda will be publiched in February!

For more information, visit:

November 21, 2019

What is involved?  The Review Team reviews the previous year’s Overview and Nomination Packet documents during January and February, making suggestions on improvements, suggestions on how to market the awards to encourage more participation, and to make suggestion on how to simplify the nomination process.  Meetings are via GoToMeeting or Skype for Business.  Award nominations are accepted during the April – August time frame; there is no Review Team meetings or duties during the nomination period.  However, during the first two weeks of September, Review Team members are asked to review and rate nominations.  The nomination reviews can take 30-45 minutes per nomination; total time involved for nomination review will depend on the number of nominations received.  After the 2020 Prevention Summit and Awards Ceremony, the Review Team may be asked to review the process and make suggestions for improvement.


Want to be on the team?  Martha Williams will be putting the 2020 Review Team together by December 31, 2019.  She is looking for 5 – 6 Prevention Professionals of varying prevention experience levels to join the Team.  Please contact her by email at

November 21, 2019

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) released a new video series, Transforming Tribal Communities: Indigenous Perspectives on Suicide Prevention. This series includes six- to eight-minute webinar clips with expert advice on addressing the root causes of suicide and mental health issues in American Indian and Alaska Native communities by drawing on community strengths. Presenters show how culturally relevant suicide prevention strategies endorsed by community members can lead to long-lasting change.

November 16, 2019


The US Department of Health and Human Services has recommended youth ages 6-17 years old get 60 minutes or more of combined moderate and vigorous physical activity each day.

Physical activity, including playing sports, is critical to both physical and brain development and health of children and adolescents, and long-term helps prevent chronic disease like obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes in adulthood (

The content for this article was drawn from a webinar provided by Prevention Plus Wellness, LLC earlier in November 2019. A link to the recorded webinar is provided at the end of this article.

The objectives of this article are twofold:

1. Explore research assessing physical activity, exercise and sport on later substance use and mental health of youth and young adults, and

2. Examine evidence-based physical activity interventions for influencing youth substance use and mental health.

View findings, prevention conclusions and resources:

November 8, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report November 8, 2019 on vaping-associated lung injury. Most U.S. patients with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) report using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Product use behaviors that increase risk for EVALI are unknown.

What is added by this report?

Compared with survey respondents aged 18–44 years reporting using of THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, EVALI patients aged 18–44 years had higher odds of reporting exclusive and frequent use of THC-containing products and obtaining these products from informal sources, such as a dealer, off the street, or from a friend, and of using Dank Vapes, a class of largely counterfeit THC-containing products.

What are the implications for public health practice?

CDC recommends not using THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, or any e-cigarette, or vaping, products obtained from informal sources.

Read the full report here.

October 25, 2019

Best and Promising Practices for the Implementation of Zero Suicide in Indian Country toolkit was recently released.  Zero Suicide is a framework to support suicide-safer care in health and behavioral health care systems. In the past ten years, many studies have shown its effectiveness in reducing suicide deaths across diverse health systems. However, when health and behavioral health care systems in Indian Country have attempted to employ the framework, there are often challenges related to culture, language, or concepts of what healing and wellness may mean to the Tribe or to the community, as well as differences in resources and views of standardized measurement and data gathering. Adding to the challenges of implementing Zero Suicide as a framework in Indian Country are historical, intergenerational, and modern-day trauma and their impact on the health and well-being of Indigenous people.

You can access the toolkit at .

October 24, 2019

We recently presented a webinar on brief interventions for preventing youth substance use. Because it was a completely filled session, I wanted to provide a description of the main points covered in the webinar for those who had not had an opportunity to attend it.


Brief prevention interventions, particularly those that are just one-session in length, have the critical advantage of being more widely accepted for implementation in busy settings such as schools and can therefore reach a larger and broader youth population than lengthier or more intensive programs.

Brief interventions that also integrate substance use prevention with the promotion of healthy lifestyles are likely to be of greater interest and therefore have greater participation by youth, parents, schools, communities and funding agencies than more narrowly targeted and risk-based only prevention programs.

Read the article:

October 19, 2019

Physical Activity Interventions Impacting Youth Substance Use & Mental Health: Free Webinar

Webinar Objectives:

1. Examine evidence-based physical activity interventions for influencing youth substance use and mental health

2. Explore research assessing physical activity, exercise and sport on later substance use and mental health of youth and young adults

3. Assess how prevention coalitions & organizations address physical activity, exercise and sports for youth

4. Identify resources for coaches & physical education teachers for preventing youth substance use and promoting mental health



Length: Approximately 1 hour

Date: Friday November 1st

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT

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

October 14, 2019

Looking for faith-based substance use prevention or wellness programs for youth?

In God’s Image (IGI) is a fully scripted program designed to give teachers, youth leaders, mentors, parents and service providers a quick and easy to use tool to promote spiritually and physically active, healthy and substance use-free lifestyles among adolescents.     

IGI is the country’s only single-session faith-based prevention with wellness program designed to increase spiritual and physical fitness practices while avoiding substance use that harms spiritual, physical and mental development.   

In God’s Image is based on a proven model that targets naturally motivating positive images of youth which enhances their positive self-identity, goal setting skills, and spiritual and physical well-being. 

Learn more about IGI:

Request a free online copy of the IGI program by submitting your name, organization and email address to:, (904) 534-5107

Learn about online IGI program training:

October 12, 2019

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Examine evidence-based & evidence-informed substance use Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) screening & brief interventions
  2. List differences between typical substance use prevention and Prevention Plus Wellness programs
  3. Describe adaptations of the PPW program model
  4. Explore lessons learned from program challenges and successes in implementing, monitoring and sustaining PPW programs


Length: Approximately 1 hour 

Date: Friday October 25th    

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

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