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January 25, 2022

What is the Young Adult Riding and Driving (YARD) Study? 

The YARD Study is an ongoing research study about young adults’ transportation habits and health behaviors. We are housed at the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB) at the University of Washington. 

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January 24, 2022

The office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) appreciates all that schools are doing to help serve their students during this very difficult time, and realize they have a lot going on. While this may sound like an oxymoron and be thought of as…”one more thing to do”, we just want to make sure that schools who serve students in grades 6 to 12, are aware of the opportunity they have to administer a quick 15 minute student perspective survey...

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January 24, 2022

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updated a data visualization using data from their 202 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. "Be Prepared to Have the Difficult Conversation" illustrates the...

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January 14, 2022

The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a collaborative research study conducted by the Department of Health, Health Care Authority, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Liquor and Cannabis Board. It focuses on health risk behaviors, such as violence and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use that can result in injury and impact positive development among youth. The survey also includes questions about protective factors, hope, and community.  The HYS contains...

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January 14, 2022

The Department of Health (DOH) is reaching out to individuals and communities who have experienced...

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January 14, 2022

The annual Washington Poison Center Poster Contest is now open! Any Washington student, kindergarten through 6th grade, may submit their art on the theme “Mr. Yuk Helps Everyone!” This year’s winner will receive a Kindle, a classroom party, and a visit with their local state representative. 

The last day for a student to submit their entry is Friday, February 11. ...

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January 14, 2022

Your efforts to empower teens and young adults to make informed decisions about drugs and alcohol and to support their mental health are more important than ever. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites you to join in during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), March 21–27, 2022. NDAFW is a week-long...

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January 13, 2022

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced the release of the updated edition of Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Substance Use Prevention, a publication jointly produced by DEA and the U.S Department of Education. The guide includes an overview of substance use among children, youth, and young adults; descriptions of some substances young people may use; a look at risk factors that may make children, youth,...

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January 13, 2022

The University of Washington's Addictions, Drugs, and Alcohol Institute (ADAI) released two new resources: a report on increasing opioid deaths and a webpage supporting a new state law.

The report is self-descriptive: Dramatic Increases in Opioid Overdose Deaths Due to Fentanyl Among Young People in Washington

The SB 5195-WA...

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January 13, 2022

The SIOL Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a workshop proposal to present at the 2022 Say It Out Loud Conference on May 26. Workshop proposals should fit into one of five (5) possible categories: Adult, Youth, Elder, Advanced/Clinical/Specialized, or Fundamentals and address the conference theme, "We Are Family" to honor and recognize the many structures and diverse expression of families there are,...

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January 13, 2022

Since 2011, with your help,Strengthing Famiies Washinton has honored 281 parents and caregivers in Washington for the roles they have taken with their families, schools and communities. They have been recognized because they have shown strength, courage and empathy in their communities. This year, parents and primary caregivers have been called upon more than ever to be the buffer for the traumatic experiences that our world has been facing and we want to show our appreciation. Please help...

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January 10, 2022

The Prevention Voices WA Policymaker Engagement Toolkit is here! Share the information with your networks, and watch the videos as a group. The toolkit consists of:

  1. The Policymaker Engagement Guide from Healthy Gen. (Scroll to “Learn more about the legislative process.”)
  2. A four-part mini-webinar series on WA Legislature 101....
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January 10, 2022

The Washington State Department of Health is pleased to announce two Request for Funding Applications (RFA) for the Youth Cannabis & Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program. YCCTPP will provide funds to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes to address youth cannabis and commercial tobacco use in the community and/or one of the state’s priority populations.

DOH anticipates funding nine local community organizations throughout the state for their regional...

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January 5, 2022

In conjunction with the Prevention Research Sub-Committee, DBHR’s Prevention Section created three research briefs on emerging substance use and mental health promotion topics. The briefs highlight the benefits and uses of Prevention Science and can be shared with statewide partners. The three briefs, titles, below, are attached.

  1. Costs and Benefits of Substance Use Prevention and Behavioral Health Promotion
  2. Access, Availability,...
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January 5, 2022

The Washington State Department of Health is recruiting young people living in Washington for a Youth Advisory Council. Members of the council will be asked to serve for about a year starting in 2022, and will help the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Unit make programming decisions. More information about meetings, expectations, and...

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