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February 16, 2021

Implementers of PAX Good Behavior Game or PAX Tools will benefit from an assortment of supports and resources available online.  These include:

  • PAX Chats
  • PAXIS Website
  • PAX Newsletter

See below for a brief description of each.

PAX Chats
PAX Chats are a great way providers can ask a PAX question, discuss resources, or share ideas with others implementing PAX throughout the nation!

For March through May of 2021, these are scheduled from 1-2pm on the 2nd & 4th Wed of the month.
Link for all PAX Chats: http://bit.ly/PAXChats2021
PAX Chats for March through May have been added to the ATHENA Calendar. 

PAXIS Website
For those trained in PAX, you are able to access numerous resources on the PAXIS website. Here's a video overview and instructions for registering on the paxis.org website:  https://vimeo.com/451468745

Ready to register to access these resources?  Follow these steps:

  1. Go to:  www.paxis.org:

  2. Click on "Log in"

  3. Under "new to this site?"

    • Click“sign up

    • Enter your first name, last name, and email address.

    • Create a password.

    • Select what you have been trained in.  (ie:  "GBG Teacher").

    • Once that is complete, you will see a message that says you are waiting approval. 

After someone from the PAXIS tech team verifies your training, you will be approved.

PAX Newsletter
Subscription to this newsletter is limited to those that have received training in PAX. 

What content can be found in a PAX Newsletter? Here’s a link to the Dec 2020 edition:  https://www.smore.com/jfe1d-pax-newsletter?ref=email

 

 

February 16, 2021

Hello All,

The Washington State Department of Health’s Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program (CTPP) is pleased to release the 2021-2025 Washington State Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Control Five-Year Strategic Plan, an update to the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. The statewide plan is the result of a collaborative process involving diverse community-based organizations, Tribes/Tribal entities, local health departments, educational service districts, and other state agencies. The involvement of such a broad range of partner organizations ensures that this document reflects a shared purpose and will be useful and relevant for all those with a stake in commercial tobacco use. The plan outlines a series of goals, strategies, and tactics that will guide commercial tobacco prevention and control stakeholders across Washington state, to lessen the toll of the number one preventable cause of death and disease.

“Commercial” tobacco is used in the plan to acknowledge and honor the use of traditional tobacco by some American Indian Tribes as sacred medicine and in ceremony to promote physical, spiritual, emotional, and community well-being. Traditional tobacco is different from commercial tobacco, which is manufactured and sold by the commercial tobacco industry, and is linked to addiction, disease, and death. Commercial tobacco includes any product that contains tobacco and/or nicotine, such as cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, hookah, pipes, smokeless tobacco, heated tobacco, and other oral nicotine products, and does not include FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine patches or gum.

Key points articulated in the plan are:

  • Commercial tobacco product marketing, retailer density, and placement in communities increases commercial tobacco use, especially among youth.
  • Spending on commercial tobacco industry marketing greatly exceeds money spent on commercial tobacco prevention and control.
  • While cigarette smoking rates have decreased overall, certain groups have not seen the same decreases.
  • Additional data are needed to assess the full burden of commercial tobacco use in certain communities with disproportionately high rates.
  • Public policy changes are most effective when supported by commercial tobacco prevention and control activities at the state and community levels.
  • Evidence-based commercial tobacco prevention and control programs reduce smoking and commercial tobacco-related diseases and deaths.

Thank you to those who generously gave their time and energy to the development of the original strategic plan and this update. We value your continued partnership and commitment to our shared vision of a Washington state free of death and disease related to commercial tobacco use.

The strategic plan, a summary, and related briefs are publicly available and can be accessed from the links below:

2021-2025 Washington State Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Control Five-Year Strategic Plan

2021-2025 Washington State Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Control Strategic Plan Summary

The Health and Economic Toll of Commercial Tobacco in Washington State

Preventing Youth and Young Adult Use of Commercial Tobacco

Commercial Tobacco Use is a Behavioral Health Issue

Commercial Tobacco Use and Dependence Treatment in Washington State

State Preemption of Commercial Tobacco Regulations: Impact in Washington State

February 13, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. Compare the contents in the new 2021 Marijuana, Vaping (E-Cigarette) & Opioid Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs for high school, middle school and elementary school-aged youth.
  2. Examine the scripts and PowerPoint slides used in providing these PPW programs to participants individually and in group settings both in-person as well as online.
  3. Review built-in evaluation tools and training opportunities for prevention and health providers using PPW programs.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sOKRv3UwTnGk06jG9DvrbA

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday February 17th                   

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com

February 10, 2021

Training (via Zoom) will introduce participants to Guiding Good Choices (GGC) and the adaptations for virtual program delivery. 

For general programming questions or help with registration contact the trainers:

Registration is required. See links below. Once registered, a Zoom link will be forwarded prior to the start of training.

 

February 24 – March 2, 2021 dates

  • Wednesday, February 24, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 25, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Friday, February 26, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, March 1, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration Link 

 

March 15 – 19, 2021 dates

  • Monday, March 15, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 16, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 17, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 18, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Friday, March 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration Link

 

March 29 – April 2 dates

  • Monday, March 29, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 30, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 31, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 1, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration Link

 

May 17 – 21 dates

  • Monday, May 17, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 18, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 19, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 20, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Friday, May 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration Link 

 

February 10, 2021

Registration for the 2021 Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative is officially open. Register now to receive your $750 stipend! Check out the Tips and Resources section for planning tools, recommendations on when to organize your activity, and activity format ideas (including virtual options). If you did not receive an invitation but would like to participate and receive a stipend, please email info@stopalcoholabuse.net. You can also read the Stipend FAQs for more information about how the stipends can be used to support your underage drinking prevention efforts.

February 9, 2021

Join us in celebrating the rich history of Black and African Americans in our nation and our state.

Learn about African American History:

Prevention events and resources

Organizations working against systematic racism:

Anti-Racism Resources:

Read Black literature:

February 9, 2021

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking sponsors for the 2021 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program, operated by local organizations around the state, provides meals to students over the summer when they do not have access to school meals. Eligible sponsors will operate a nonprofit meal program during the summer for youth aged 18 and younger. Once approved, all children—regardless of family income level—can receive a free meal at a meal site.

This federally funded program may be sponsored by the following organizations:

  • Public and private nonprofit schools,
  • Residential and non-residential summer camps,
  • Nonprofit organizations,
  • Tribal organizations,
  • Units of local, county, municipal, and state government, and
  • Colleges and universities that participate in the Upward Bound Program.

Meal sites must be located in areas where at least 50% of the children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals or where at least 50% of the children enrolled in a specific program are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.

To mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Nationwide Area Eligibility Waiver for SFSP sites to operate in areas that do not meet the free and reduced-price eligibility requirement until June 30, 2021.

Meals must meet USDA meal pattern requirements. Sponsors may prepare their own meals or purchase them from a school district or food service management company. Sponsors are reimbursed for eligible meals served.

Each site may serve each child up to two meals per day. Sites serving primarily migrant children and residential camp sites may serve each child up to three meal types per day.

Information regarding training for new sponsors interested in participating during summer 2021 will be released soon. Applications will be available mid-spring.

Institutions may apply for the program or get more information by emailing communitynutrition@k12.wa.us, or by mailing Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, Washington 98504–7200.

February 6, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. Explore the contents and steps for implementing the new 2021 SPORT (Alcohol/Drug) Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs for high school, middle school and elementary school-aged youth.
  2. Examine the scripts and PowerPoint slides used in providing these PPW programs to participants individually and in group settings both in-person as well as online.
  3. Review built-in evaluation tools and training opportunities for prevention and health providers using PPW programs.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LDvBSO7pSCSCJ3F4JUwKvA

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday February 10th                  

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW: https://preventionpluswellness.com/products/sport-prevention-plus-wellness

 

February 2, 2021

The newly launching WA Tobacco Coalition & Partnership Initiative is seeking a consultant with expertise helping organizations design structures and processes that center and support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Experience developing or working with diverse coalitions is desirable.

Our diversity and inclusion goals are to engage tobacco prevention stakeholders in creating or expanding statewide partnerships that are multidisciplinary and sociodemographically diverse. Central to this initiative is inclusion of representatives of the communities across our state that are disproportionately impacted by commercial tobacco use, which are African Americans, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latinx, LGBTQ, low socioeconomic status, and rural communities.

The Initiative is newly launched in January 2021 with ongoing work planned through 2025. The Initiative’s goal is to work with Washington’s tobacco prevention stakeholders to develop statewide member-driven partnership structures to prevent youth tobacco use, reduce nicotine dependence, and eliminate health inequities from commercial tobacco use. Our goals for new or expanded partnerships are to engage stakeholders more inclusively, increase transparency, improve decision-making, and better achieve tobacco prevention policy and programmatic goals. The project is funded through a contract with the Commercial Tobacco Control Program (CTPP) of the Washington State Department of Health. 

Sub-contractor Position, Timeframe, and Compensation:

The DEI consultant will work on the Initiative as a sub-contractor to Margaret Shield of Community Environmental Health Strategies who has a contract for this project from the CTPP. The initial contract period is through the end of April 2021, with potential for CTPP to extend the contract for up to four additional one-year periods.

The timeframe for the DEI consultant’s work during the initial contract period is late February – April 2021.

The compensation range is $7-9,000 based on an estimated 30-40 hours of consulting work. Compensation will depend on the final scope of work that is developed and implemented. An invoice process that is compatible with requirements of the CTPP contract will be agreed upon for payments to the DEI consultant.

The DEI consultant’s Scope of Work will include:

  • participating in planning meetings to help shape agendas and discussions of a Planning Group that is representative of the tobacco prevention stakeholders the initiative seeks to engage.
  • participating as an advisor in three Planning Group sessions from mid-March to mid-April and participating in small group sessions if needed,
  • advising and assisting Planning Group members in designing their group agreements and laying the foundation for development of partnerships with member recruitment plans, operational structures, decision-making processes, and other participatory systems that center and support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • providing recommendations at the end of the initial Planning Group process for the next stages of Coalition and/or partnership development.

DEI consultants who want to be considered for this position are encouraged to send an email describing their interest and summarizing their qualifications and relevant experience. An informal interview process will be conducted during February with selected candidates. Inquiries for more information are welcomed.

Please contact:
Margaret Shield, Initiative Organizer
Community Environmental Health Strategies LLC
margaret.shield@cehstrategies.com
206-499-5452
www.cehstrategies.com

January 29, 2021

We are looking for partners who are interested in receiving training and free Prevention Plus Wellness program materials to implement in an evaluation study.

These could involve in-person or online implementation of any of our one-session programs for youth aimed at preventing alcohol, e-cigarettes, marijuana, opioids or racial discrimination while promoting protective wellness behaviors.

We are looking for partners that have access to youth or young adults, could collect online pre and post-program surveys, and include a randomized or comparison group.

To learn more: info@preventionpluswellness.com or call: (904) 472-5022.

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