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Prevention Summit Favorite Moments

Hello Everyone,

I thouroughly enjoyed the Prevention Summit, but I am always a little sad that I can't be in more than one place at a time. What were some of your favorite moments or titdbit of knowledge you collected? Mine are, in no particular order...

  • The excellent presentation by Bridget Beachy on understanding youth substance use as a matter of environmental context. She was engaging, energetic, and seemed to be working on the cutting edge of what we strive towards.
  • Talking to the youth team we brought about the things they were hearing and what new ideas they had about prevention.
  • Knowing that stories are powerful motivators, but then still being surprised at how rapt our attention was during Luis Ortega's narrative. He was fantastic!
  • Watching our Trivia Night turn into a Rock, Paper, Scissors match.
  • No unfortunate incidents at the hotel. (Go chaperones!)
  • The confidence of Elizabeth D'Amico as she explained how she has methodically broken down barriers and made positive change a reality.
  • Dance Party!

It was great, and I am already looking forward to Youth Forum. A big thanks to DBHR for hosting. With that, I will leave you a joke that seemed appropriate for this forum.

A physicist, an engineer, and a statistician go on a hunting trip, they are walking through the woods when they spot a deer in a clearing. The physicist calculates the distance of the target, the velocity and drop of the bullet, adjusts his rifle and fires, missing the deer 5 feet to the left. The engineer rolls his eyes. 'You forgot to account for wind. Give it here', he snatches the rifle, licks his finger and estimates the speed and direction of the wind and fires, missing the deer 5 feet to the right. Suddenly, the statistician claps his hands and yells "We got him!"

General Discussion
sophia.hilsen- Dec 05, 2019 10:10 AM Reply

I also felt like I wish I could have seen more presentations and that it was hard to choose which one to go to!
Some of my highlights were:

  • Dr. Britney Cooper and the WSU doctoral candidates presentation "The Goldilocks appraoch: Balancing research evidence with community fit to identify an evidece-based program that fits just right". As a DBHR prevention fellow going into the communities soon I found this presentation really valuable to help me identify how to find the best fit program. I also appreciated how interactive it was, it catered to my learning style. The hand outs were also super helpful. I recomend looking over the material for this presentation for anyone who didn't get the opportunity to attend.
  • The icecram social youth dance party was super fun! I loved dancing with the teens :)
  • I also enjoyed learning about how to frame the prevention story to the public, using metaphors like "boiling over" and "construction"

Overall I enjoyed all of prevention summit! These were just some of the experiences that stood out to me.

aheikkila- Dec 05, 2019 05:07 PM Reply

Definitely Dr. Chan Hellman and his presenation on HOPE.  Very inspiring......

Mari Irvan- Dec 11, 2019 02:33 PM Reply

This was my first Px Summit and it went by so fast! For starters, at the all-provider meeting I loved being able to re-connect with some of the community coordinators I've formed relationships with. Getting to network and talk about what's working in our communities is always beneficial! I also loved the CPWI one-pager that Brittney Cooper presented on because it's such an easy document that can be handed out at meetings to help everyone understand was it's all about. At the Px Summit, I loved the presentation on marijuana... I'm spacing on the presenters name but it was the 2nd day on the youth track! He was engaging and informative as he explained to the youth about how marijuana DOESN'T treat anxiety and is actually what could be causing anxiety, as this is a withdrawal symptom. He explained medical cannabis very well and what components actually are being used medically (not THC). I also had the privilege of facilitating a youth workshop on stress coping skills, specifically with using breathing exercises and meditation. The youth are so awesome!