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May 4, 2020

Interested mentors and mentees are encouraged to submit applications from Native behavioral health professionals for the 2020-2021 National American Indian and Alaska Native Leadership Academy Cohort. 

Applications are due May 31. Applications can either be completed online or downloaded and submitted to

May 4, 2020

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA) National Prevention Week (NPW) is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity-building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day.

NPW culminates in May by recognizing the important work that communities have done throughout the year to inspire action and prevent substance use and mental disorders.

Each day this week, SAMHSA will focus on a specific health theme related to prevention. SAMHSA provides free publications, tip sheets, and resource centers for each of the 2020 daily themes to educate and discuss in your community:

Prevention Challenge
Take your best selfie and tell us where prevention happens for you! This year’s Prevention Challenge shows us that substance misuse prevention happens in a lot of places, spaces, and communities. Follow #PreventionHappensHere on social media.

Planning Toolkit
By hosting a prevention-related event or activity during NPW, or at any time of year, you can help raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. Check out the Planning Toolkit (available in English and Spanish) for templates, tools, and support for organizing your own prevention events and activities.

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

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:  Responses by May 11th are greatly appreciated.

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 206-499-5452

May 2, 2020

Session Objectives:

1. Describe step-by-step methods for providing Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs online to youth individually and in groups.

2. Explore tools for monitoring and evaluating online PPW program quality and effectiveness.

3. Identify PPW program online training and resources.


Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday May 6th        

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

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

Learn more:

May 1, 2020

As a follow-up to the original post regarding our work with the Truth Initiative ( here are some tailored social media messages to use during this time:


truth® takes a "peer-to-peer" approach in its work that lets young people be encouraged to quit smoking or vaping by their peers. This is Quitting is powered by truth and is also primarily geared toward youth. However, our research has found 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. For that reason, we have created separate messaging for the two age groups.

If your social following skews younger, we ask that you use the “youth and young adults” messaging. If your following is primarily comprised of adults, please use the “adults” messaging.


Youth and young adults

  • Times are hard right now, but we still have your back. Quitting now may be more important than ever. Text VAPEFREEWA to 88709 for instant support for cravings and motivation.

  • Stuck at home with your parents and desperately trying to quit? Text VAPEFREEWA to 88709 for free, confidential support to help you quit vaping.

  • Out of pods and finding it tougher than you thought? Text VAPEFREEWA to 88709 for free, anonymous texts to help you get through it.

  • Dominick says that being quarantined because of COVID has helped him stay off his JUUL.Why not use this time as an excuse to quit? Text VAPEFREEWA to 88709.

  • Even if it feels harder than you thought it would be, you CAN quit vaping. Join 150,000+ others quitting with This is Quitting – text VAPEFREEWA to 88709.


  • Now that your child is home more, have you noticed them vaping? Encourage them to get support to quit by texting VAPEFREEWA to 88709.

  • Worried your child is struggling with not having vape supplies anymore? They can get free support to quit by texting VAPEFREEWA to 88709.

  • Does your teen or college student seem more moody, anxious or stressed? If you suspect it’s related to quitting vaping, free supportive texts can help. They can text VAPEFREEWA to 88709.

  • If your child is worried about the health effects of vaping, let them know they can get support in quitting by texting VAPEFREEWA to 88709.

May 1, 2020

If you ever wondered, “Where can I find culturally relevant, age-appropriate curricula for American Indian and Alaska Native youth?” – look no further than your fingertips and internet browser – as there is a one-stop website for educators and adults who engage native youth and young adults! The Healthy Native Youth portal,, has an array of adolescent health curricula, resources and support for those who want to access and to deliver health education with a native lens in their home community!

Get connected with the Healthy Native Youth movement! And, subscribe to our HNY YouTube channel too! After surfing the website and seeing the waves of potential implementation opportunities, you will be saying, “How come my teachers didn’t have something like this when I was in school? This is awesome!”

April 22, 2020

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, and the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network are facilitating a FREE, national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity for the substance use (SU) prevention, treatment, and recovery workforces focused on emerging issues around social determinants of health (SDH) and COVID-19.

Overview: Join us to huddle with other SU prevention, treatment, and recovery workforce professionals and engage around key emerging issues related to SDH, strategize and share ways to address these issues, and identify key tools and resources useful to the field. We will host one initial open Listening Session (90 minutes) to frame the upcoming Strategic Discussions and share key resources. This Listening Session will be followed by a series of Strategic Discussions (60 minutes) where invited speakers from the field will discuss emerging issues, strategize and share ways to address these issues, and identify key tools and resources useful to the field. Listening Session will not be recorded, but we will capture key themes from the conversation to share. The five Strategic Discussions will be recorded and uploaded to the SDH & COVID Discussion Series web-pages, along with other tools and resources, on the ATTC Network site and the PTTC Network site.

The series will feature:

  • Live, 90-minute Listening Session via Zoom video conferencing to frame emerging issues and use discussion as a tool to empower the SU prevention, treatment, and recovery workforces to identify strategies and emerging best practices.
  • Live 45-60-minute strategic discussions twice a week focused on data and strategies to address the emerging issues of specific population groups.
  • Each Listening Session will include at least 45 minutes of structured conversation and information exchange and share key resources and lessons learned.
  • Each Strategic Discussion will engage people actively addressing issues of SDH in the field, along with a panel of experienced providers and others addressing SDH.
  • Key themes and resources will be collected from each session to support the work of the SU prevention, treatment and recovery workforces.
  • Training tools, checklists, and other relevant resources

Who Should Attend?

All substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery workforce professionals.


No registration required for the live sessions. Simply click on the zoom link at the appropriate date and time to join the discussion. No CEs or certificates of attendance will be provided for these sessions.


  1. Wednesday, April 22: 2-3:30 pm ET: Listening Session 1: How COVID-19 is differentially impacting SU prevention, treatment and recovery in communities of color and/or underserved communities: How can we address this?   Password: 327354
    Session 1: Co-facilitator bios
  2. Tuesday, April 28: 2-3:00 pm: Strategic Discussion 1: Health Disparities and the Impact on COVID-19 on African-American and black community.  Password: 873512
  3. Thursday, April 30: 2-3 pm ET: Strategic Discussion 2: Strategies to Support the LatinX community.   Password: 472743
  4. Tuesday, May 5: 2-3 pm ET: Strategic Discussion 3: American-Indian/Alaska Native communities: Trauma-Responsive Approaches to Support the Communities.  Password: 721216
  5. Thursday, May 7: 2-3 pm ET: Strategic Discussion 4: Asian-American communities and Addressing Stigma.  Password: 946684
  6. Tuesday, May 12: 2-3 pm ET: Strategic Discussion 5: Wrap-up Session Racial equity and health disparities in the age of COVID-19: What new strategies are needed.  Password: 100817
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 or 360-236-3547. Thank you in advance for promoting This is Quitting!


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.


  • 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 with questions.