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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.

February 13, 2020

HCA/DBHR is hosting in-person Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Trainings (SAPST) based upon a national curriculum developed by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP):

Please note: once the training has been filled, the surveys will close.

Learning objectives: 

  • Define behavioral health and its relationship to substance misuse
  • Describe the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s five-step planning model
  • Identify the needs of vulnerable populations in order to improve cultural competency and more effectively address behavioral health disparities
  • Discuss effective approaches to collaborating across sectors to sustain prevention outcomes

Training content:

  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics
    • Basic terminology and facts
    • History of substance use and prevention in the U.S.
    • Addiction and the brain
    • Effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice
    • Behavioral health
    • Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care
    • Public health approach
    • Risk and protective factors
    • Developmental perspective
  • Application: SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework
    • Assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Cultural competence, sustainability
February 12, 2020

Access the course here:

About This Program:

Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.

  • In Course 1, An introduction to cultural and linguistic competency, you'll learn what culture has to do with behavioral health care.
  • In Course 2, Know thyself – Increasing self-awareness, you'll learn how to get to know your cultural identity and how it affects your work with clients.
  • In Course 3, Knowing others – Increasing awareness of your client's cultural identity, you'll learn how to get to know your client’s cultural identity.
  • In Course 4, Culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions and services, you'll learn how to build stronger therapeutic relationships with clients from diverse backgrounds.

The estimated time to complete all 4 Courses is 5 hours. Courses 1 and 2 take approximately 1 hour each. Courses 3 and 4 take approximately 1.5 hours each.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this continuing education activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how culture, cultural identity, and intersectionality are related to behavioral health and behavioral health care.
  • Describe the principles of cultural competency and cultural humility.
  • Discuss how our bias, power, and privilege can affect the therapeutic relationship.
  • Discuss ways to learn more about a client's cultural identity.
  • Describe how stereotypes and microaggressions can affect the therapeutic relationship.
  • Explain how culture and stigma can influence help-seeking behaviors.
  • Describe how communication styles can differ across cultures.
  • Identify strategies to reduce bias during assessment and diagnosis.
  • Explain how to elicit a client's explanatory model.
February 11, 2020

The 33rd National Prevention Network Conference takes place August 25 - 27, 2020! Birmingham, AL

The purpose of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference is to highlight the latest research in the substance use prevention field. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.

Registration will be open in early May 2020. Early Bird Attendee Registration Fee (on or before June 19, 2020): $750. Regular Attendee Registration Fee (after June 19, 2020): $775.

The conference theme for 2020 is Advancing Prevention Science through the Lens of Change: How Sweet It Is!

Be sure to go to our website for additional information.


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Birmingham, AL 35203
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