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May 9, 2017

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is pleased to announce its Call for Presentations for the 2018 Washington Traffic Safety Conference. The event will be held on April 24-26, 2018 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Washington. You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a breakout session that addresses important issues involving traffic safety.


Why Present at the 2018 Traffic Safety Conference?

- Be part of a collective effort that is saving lives and reducing serious injuries on our state roadways.

- Educate the attendees on your unique traffic safety program/project.

- Collaborate with many experts in the traffic safety field.

- Receive recognition for and feedback about your practice or programs.

- Expand your professional portfolio.

- It’s an amazing professional development opportunity.


Who will attend the Conference – who is the target audience?

- Traffic Safety Engineers

- Traffic Safety/Driver Training Educators

- Traffic Safety Behavioral Experts

- Driver Licensing Specialists

- Law Enforcement Officers

- Emergency Medical Services Staff

- Health Care Providers

- Judicial Professionals/Prosecutors

- Probation Officers

- Motorcyclists

- Pedestrian/Bicyclist Groups

- Many others who care about traffic safety


Important Dates:

- May 31, 2017:  Deadline for submission of Proposals

- July 15, 2017:  Presenters will be notified about proposal selections

- September 31, 2017:  Presenters will be notified when their sessions are scheduled

- April 24 - 26, 2018:  WTSC Traffic Safety Conference


Criteria for Presentations:

- No fees are required to submit a proposal.              

- Your presentation must be educational and informative in nature; sales presentations will not be accepted.

- The presentation must be no longer than 20 minutes.  (We plan on grouping “like” segments for inclusion in longer breakout sessions.)

- Proposals and presentations must be in English.

- All proposals should include the following and must be submitted through the WTSC website at

  -- Name of company or organization represented

  -- Name(s) of the actual presenter(s)

  -- Contact information (email and phone number)

  -- Proposed title of the presentation

  -- Specific audience being targeted (law enforcement, engineering, EMS, judicial, etc.)

  -- Synopsis of the presentation and details of information to be presented (350 words maximum)

  -- Format of the presentation (lecture, demonstration, panel discussion, Q&A, etc.); if you are proposing a panel discussion, tell us who will be on the panel

  -- Audiovisual requirements for the presentation

  -- Length of your presentation, including any Q&A time (limited to no longer than 20 minutes)


Selection of Proposals:

Your presentation proposal will be selected based on:

- Overall quality

- Relevance to traffic safety and/or the Target Zero® Strategic Highway Safety Plan

- Timeliness of the topic, with a well-defined focus on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the challenges facing traffic safety professionals

- Practical applications of Target Zero strategies or countermeasures

- Qualified presenters with expertise in the subject matter

- Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion


Tips for Submitting Proposals:

- Be clear.  Write your proposal so it helps the WTSC Conference Planning Committee understand why your session is the right one for the 2018 Traffic Safety Conference.

- Be informative.  Keep the audience in mind:  they’re technical, professional, and will easily detect a marketing pitch.

- Be engaging.  Be bold and creative in your exploration of a topic.  Audience members enjoy stories about what went wrong, what went right, how you used a strategy, and the practicality of applying approaches to traffic safety.

If You Are Selected to Present:
Presenters will be notified about their proposal status via email.  Based on the number of proposals submitted, you may be given a shorter time slot than you requested.  WTSC expects that you will revise your presentation to fit the actual assigned time slot.

To make the conference information accessible to individuals who cannot attend the conference, Traffic Safety Conference sessions may be audio-  or video-recorded and made available to the public after the conference.  Acceptance of a session proposal in response to this Call for Presentations establishes your acceptance of this requirement and conveys your permission to record your session if it is selected.

If You Are Not Selected to Present:
We recognize that, due to the small number of slots available, we likely will not be able to grant all requests for presentation.  We will notify you by email if your proposal was not selected for presentation.

Please contact Myke Gable at WTSC with any questions about this process at



April 26, 2017

This post was updated on May 12, 2017.

Grant Opportunity:
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DSHS/DBHR) intends to award up to five new grants to public agencies or community-based organizations to provide prevention services to high-need communities.
Grants will be available to eligible high-need communities for services that provide high quality and culturally competent replications of evidence-based and research-based substance use prevention programs and strategies that focus on reducing the misuse and abuse of opioids using a community coalition-driven and data informed process. We call this model the Community Prevention and Wellness initiative (CPWI).

Eligible applicants will include local community-based non-profit organizations and public agencies with youth and family-serving capacity who demonstrate excellence in service delivery to high-need communities.

More information:

Attached to this post is the original funding announcement document and the PowerPoint from an Informational Webinar about this funding opportunity that was held on May 2.   

April 24, 2017

Opioids 101 - The Opioid/Heroin Connection
Learn the risks and benefits of prescription opioids for pain management and how to reduce those risks for yourself, your loved ones and the community.

Shoreline Library, Thursday, April 27, 7pm-8:30pm (345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155)

April 17, 2017

TAG Talks, created as part of the Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) call to action from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) recently released the first two videos in the series.  All videos in the free series are presented as both a 30-minute video and in short segments and accompanied by additional resources and discussion guides for professionals and family members.

The first video, “The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys,” underscores that adolescent boys want and need close, supportive friendships. It also provides guidance to professionals and family members on how to foster those relationships. The video features Niobe Way, Ed.D., an applied psychology professor at New York University who has studied adolescents’ social development for over 30 years. She shares what young men say about increasing isolation as they move from childhood to adolescence and how social connections affect health and well-being. In this video, Dr. Way provides strategies to encourage friendships that help adolescent boys thrive.

The second video, “The Power of the Adolescent Brain,” reviews adolescent brain development and how it affects learning, health, and behavior. The video features Frances Jensen, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Drawing on clinical experience and research, and inspired by her personal experience of parenting two teenage boys, Dr. Jensen shares what is known about adolescent brain development, functioning, and capacity. Dr. Jensen explains the strengths and potential of the adolescent brain; addresses learning, risk behavior, addiction, and mental health issues; and provides practical suggestions for families with adolescents.

The video series is co-sponsored by OAH and the federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs.




April 13, 2017

WSU Extension of Yakima County is offering facilitator training for this research- and evidencebased, internationally-recognized best practice model. The training will cover the Spanish language Fortaleciendo Familias Program (FF), which is a culturally-adapted version of Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth 10-14 using the latest research and curriculum from Iowa State University. AnaMaria Diaz-Martinez from WSU will lead the class in Spanish.

See attached brochure for training details, contact info, and registration information.

April 4, 2017


This is a free 45-minute webinar with three objectives:


1.   Describe the features that differentiate practical Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs from other marijuana, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse prevention programs.


2.   List the program, training and materials options offered at Prevention Plus Wellness, LLC.


3.   Explain the key components, outcomes and uses of the evidence-based SPORT PPW and InShape PPW programs.


Day: Wednesday April12th


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


Register now:


Login (save this address):


Limited space, so register today. 


For answers to questions, contact us at:


(904) 472-5022


Please share this free webinar with people you know in:


      K-12 school health, PE, science, and citizenship studies


      After school programs


      In lieu of school suspension


      Student athletes


      Colleges and universities


      Sports and recreation leagues


      Youth leadership opportunities


      Youth and family organizations (BGC, YMCA, etc.)


      Summer and enrichment camps


      Faith-based settings


      Hospitals and health clinics


      Juvenile justice settings


      Substance abuse recovery and treatment organizations


      Substance abuse coalitions


      Mental health agencies


Thank you!


March 25, 2017

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has been on the front lines of substance abuse prevention for more than 30 years, helping parents address their son or daughter’s substance use.

They recently launched a "new look", customized specifically for a parent’s journey from discovery to recovery; through relapse and ongoing struggles; from the teen years to young adulthood. 

New services and resources on the site include: 

Online chat: a pilot program available on nights and weekends to give you more opportunities to reach out for help. 

Parent Blog: a place to get valuable, timely advice from experts and parents who have been there. 

Know Your Child Is Using?: a guide for parents who recently discovered their child is using drugs or alcohol.

March 25, 2017

Community-based and individual-level prevention strategies are effective ways to reduce alcohol use among American Indian and other youth living in rural communities, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The National Institute on Drug Abuse also provided support for the study.

For more information about this study, review the NIH New Release and a summary article from The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

March 24, 2017

There will be a series of Healthy Youth Survey workshops held across the state in April and May.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what students said about themselves, their school, family and community
  • Be able to interpret and communicate the HYS results
  • Learn how to use the HYS website and access your HYS data

The training will include small group activities, to make these activities worth your while, please bring your laptop in order to access your HYS data. 

Contact Krissy Johnson to access your data.

Consider bringing a colleague to enhance your learning and action planning.

See the attached flier for dates, times and locations of these workshops.