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March 17, 2021

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking sponsors for the 2021 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Summer meal sites serve children and youth age 18 and under meals at no cost in a safe environment. The meals are also available to persons over age 18 with mental or physical disabilities. Sites may be located in a variety of settings including schools, parks, community centers, libraries, churches, and more.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension of waivers that increase access for more children and make it easier and safer to serve meals during the pandemic. The waivers allow for safe meal distribution at all approved sites to all children for free, regardless of income. In addition, the waivers:

  • Allow meals served through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) – collectively known as “summer meal programs” – to be made available in all areas at no cost;
  • Allow meals to be served outside of the normally required group settings and meal times; and
  • Allow parents and guardians to pick up meals for their children, including bulk pickup to cover multiple days of meals.

These flexibilities are available through September 30, 2021.

Requirements

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 summermeals@k12.wa.us, or by mailing Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, Washington 98504–7200.

March 12, 2021

Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how to correctly implement the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program to individuals (one-on-one) and groups of youth with fidelity using the program scripts and instructor’s survey. 
  2. Identify pre-posttest surveys and other tools for assessing program fidelity and efficacy. 
  3. Explore strategies and resources for tailoring your program, promoting your program, providing follow up lessons, and implementing your program online. 

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CwVoTUvYQW6sE5bmpOtVqA

Length: 2-hours 

Date: Wednesday March 17th                     

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

March 12, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. View the evidence-based three-step screening, feedback and goal setting single-session SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness high school adolescent video program.
  2. Explore the interactive video program components, including the screening survey, goal plan exercise and discussion questions.
  3. List the wellness behaviors illustrated and diversity of youth modeled in the videos.
  4. Explain how the video program can be quickly and easily implemented and evaluated for fidelity and efficacy by prevention and health specialists.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wtyOo0fUS8OSk6NK8iZniQ

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Thursday March 18th                    

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

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

March 10, 2021

Calling all Prevention and Public Health partners across WA:

Please join WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board leaders for our second virtual Statewide Prevention Roundtable on Thursday, June 3, from 2-4p. 

We want to hear from you about how LCB's regulations and the products we regulate are impacting you and the communities your serve. This will be a roundtable discussion and Q&A session. Please submit possible topics to discuss here.

Please RSVP herehttp://bit.ly/WA-LCB-Prev-RT-2021 by *Friday 5/21*. For further information, contact Sara Cooley Broschart at sara.broschart@lcb.wa.gov or 360.522.0421.

We are also looking for Planning Team members so get in touch with Sara if you'd like to join in the fun.

We look forward to "seeing" you this spring!

*Note: This event is open to prevention and public health partners only.

March 9, 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 or you have questions about the event, 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.

March 6, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. Describe substance use Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) screening & brief interventions & their components.
  2. Identify unique characteristics of PPW programs allowing them to broadly prevent substance use while improving the mental and physical health of youth and young adults.
  3. Review research and theory supporting brief interventions that integrate SU prevention with wellness promotion.
  4. List new adaptations to PPW programs increasing their flexibility and practicality for use in-person and online.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jVOnJeT0TrqSUUJqh0u6ww

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Thursday March 11th                    

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

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

March 6, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. Explore the advantages of online  Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs and training.
  2. Review the options for online vs. in-person PPW programs and training.
  3. Compare online PPW programs with video PPW programs.
  4. Examine how to implement and evaluate online PPW programs.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6d_LEa3PRJyrtDVhdkIcNw

Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday March 10th                    

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

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

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

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