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March 22, 2017

King County's Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program Presents

Scott Backovich Youth Engagement Training (For Adults!)

Is promoting the youth voice an essential element of your work? Do you recognize that youth are our emerging leaders shaping society? Do you want to master the art of youth engagement? Then come learn from one of the best! Scott Backovich joins us in Seattle to teach adults how to engage, captivate, and inspire youth into taking positive action in their own lives and in their local communities! You won’t want to miss a moment of this fun, action packed, skill building training! Register today, as space is limited!

You can learn more about Scott, by visiting his website:

When: Friday, May 12, 2017

Where: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave South, Seattle WA 98118

Time: 9am to 2pm

~Lunch will be provided~

Register Here:

Questions? Contact Erin James, Outreach Marijuana & Opiate Prevention Coordinator, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division: or 206.477.7657

March 16, 2017


Is synthetic marijuana like regular pot?  How is it sold and marketed?  Is it really safer than plant-based marijuana?


These and other important questions will be addressed in this article. 


Every youth and adult should know these seven evidence-informed facts to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.


March 15, 2017


This is a free webinar designed specifically for school personnel, including teachers, counselors, administrators and school board members. 



The aim of the webinar is to provide critical evidence-informed information about marijuana for inclusion in K-12 health, science, PE and citizenship studies and counseling settings.  



This is the first of a two-part webinar series.  This first webinar will discuss the nature of marijuana and its harmful effects.



Questions answered in this webinar will include:


1. What is marijuana?


2.   How many youth use marijuana?


3.   How potent is today’s marijuana?


4.   How is marijuana used?


5.   What are marijuana extracts/concentrates?


6.   How does marijuana work in the body?


7.   What are the harmful effects of marijuana for youth and adults?


8.   What do recreational marijuana laws mean for youth?


9.   What are common myths about marijuana?   




Date: Thursday March 23rd




Time: 11:30am Eastern, 8:30am Pacific




Register today:




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For answers to questions about this webinar series: (904) 472-5022 or


March 12, 2017

The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington has cancelled the March 28, 2017 "Prevention Ethics Training" in Ellensburg. Please note that another "Prevention Ethics" training will be held during April that also fulfills this specific training requirement needed for the Certified Prevention Professional (CPP). Details are below.

"Ethics in Prevention: A Decision-making Process for Human Services Professionals"

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hotel RL

Olympia WA

Liz Wilhelm, MA, will present this all day Ethics in Prevention training. She is a current board member of the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington. She works at Seattle Childrens as the Coalition Coordinator for Prevention WINS..

Ethics in Prevention describes the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics, illustrated by realistic examples designed to enhance understanding of each principle.This training also introduces a decision-making process designed to actively apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas.

This is a pre-conference training offered as part of the "Focus on the Future" conference sponsored by the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling. For registration costs and other information about this training and the full conference, please see the website,


March 11, 2017

Through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Greater Good Studio is launching Raising Places to partner with local leaders invested in childhood and community development to explore actionable, locally driven answers for the question, ‘What does it take to build healthier communities where all children and their families can thrive?’

Nonprofit agencies and their community teams are invited to apply to become part of this national initiative that will pilot new, community-driven projects that hold promise for creating healthy places where children and their families can succeed.

Review the additional information about this opportunity, which include eligibility information and how to register for an informational webinar.  



Raising Places catalyzes local momentum for cross-sector collaboration, engaging diverse partners to build healthier communities where all children and their families can thrive. Through Raising Places, Greater Good Studio will offer a catalytic process—bringing together diverse stakeholders in communities primed to move from ideas to action and to create long-term, sustainable change. Through this process, communities will explore both symptoms and root causes of local challenges, identify leverage points, and create tangible solutions that address these challenges at different levels and types of impact. The specific outcomes of our work together will vary in each community, based on the local interpretation of “healthy, child-centered community” and the challenges they want to prioritize. 

Total Awards

  • Six selected conveners will each receive a grant of $60,000 from RWJF to support their team’s work.
  • Funds are expected to be awarded in September 2017.
  • It is unlikely that there will be further funds available to support local projects at the end of this award period.

Key Dates (Partial List)

March 20, 2017 (4:15 p.m. ET)
Optional webinar to discuss questions. See registration details at 

March 31, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
LOI due         

April 3, 2017        
Full Application released.



March 11, 2017

From an online article that ran in The Chronical:

A new ordinance passed by the Thurston County commissioners on Tuesday implementing civil penalties to the owners and renters of locations where underage drinking and consumption of marijuana is taking place.

The ordinance makes gatherings where underage consumption is taking place a civil infraction and the person responsible for the property — owner, renter or leaser — can be fined up to $250. 

The entire article is available online.  

The article was written by Graham Perednia.

February 18, 2017

The "Champion for Children" award is sponsored by the Foundation for Healthy Generations in partnership with the OSPI Student Support Office. This award is intended to recognize an exemplary individual and/or team committed to providing whole-child, school-based, social, emotional, and physical support to vulnerable, underserved populations of students and their families.

The individual or team chosen to receive this award will have actively demonstrated daily support for students with their efforts positively reflecting active advocacy for social, emotional, and physical wellness. In addition, please clearly articulate examples of their dynamic work to foster student resilience and identify the critical role they have played in creating a foundation for students to thrive in school, their future careers, and lives despite adversity.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 7th. The award will be presented on May 11th at the 2017 Student Support Conference. To access the nomination form, go to:


February 11, 2017

Excerpted from an article published online by the University of California San Francisco.  Link to full article can be found below.

E-cigarettes – thought by some to be responsible for a decline in youth cigarette smoking – are actually attracting a new population of adolescents who might not otherwise have smoked tobacco products, according to a new UC San Francisco study.

In the first national analysis of the impact of e-cigarettes on trends in youth smoking in the United States, UCSF researchers did not find evidence that e-cigarettes have caused youth smoking to decline. In fact, combined e-cigarette and cigarette use among adolescents in 2014 was higher than total cigarette use in 2009, according to the study.

The authors concluded that the low-risk youth in the study, who went on to smoke regular cigarettes, may not have used nicotine at all if e-cigarettes did not exist.

The study will be published online Jan. 23, 2017, in Pediatrics as well as the February print issue of the journal.


Link to review:

Authored by Elizabeth Fernandez, published online on Jan 23, 2017.

February 11, 2017

Earlier this week the Marijuana Prevention and Education Program launched a new campaign to encourage parents and other trusted adults to talk with teens about the risks and consequences of using marijuana. 

This new campaign, Under the Influence…of You, reminds parents and other trusted adults about the influence they have on the teens in their lives, encourages them to talk with teens about the risks and consequences of marijuana, and provides tips on how to have effective conversations.

The campaign features four 15-second animated videos. Each video shows a quirky and relatable scenario between an adult and teen. Outreach efforts include an eight week statewide digital ad buy that leverages video placements on YouTube, Facebook, and other websites. The digital ad buy also includes Seattle Times takeovers and paid search.

The campaign will reach parents of teens (aged 12-17), coaches, teachers, and other caregivers (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.). There will be an additional emphasis placed on reaching parents living in rural areas. Each ad directs to more information at

While developing the campaign, DOH consulted state and community partners. DOH also engaged parents and other adult influencers across the state to provide input on the messaging, tone, look, and feel of the ads.

We encourage our partners and parents to share the videos through social media and at member meetings. If you have questions about the campaign, please contact Kristen Haley, Washington State Department of Health,

January 28, 2017

Description:  Demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating public health and community policing approaches to reduce disparities in access to public health services, reduce violent crimes, and improve the health and well-being of at-risk minority male youth in targeted communities of color through a joint collaborative that includes a public health agency and law enforcement agency. Learn More

Application Deadline: April 4, 2017

Grant Administered by: Office of Minority Health