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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 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, 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.


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:


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

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: or call: (904) 472-5022.

January 25, 2021

On November 21, Washington’s Safe Medication Return program launched. This program gives Washington residents convenient and environmentally responsible ways to dispose of unwanted and expired medications. Find your nearest drop box to return medications in person or request a free pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope and return medications without ever leaving your home.

Please note, when accessing the MedProject website, it is not recommended to use Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer.

January 23, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. Explain the need for and benefits of integrating wellness promotion into substance use prevention.
  2. Describe a marketing-related conceptual model and steps for creating integrated prevention with wellness content, programs and campaigns.
  3. Explore evidence-based prevention plus wellness programs and resources.


Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Thursday January 28th                   

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about Prevention Plus Wellness:

January 23, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. Explore the contents in the new 2021 One-Session Evidence-Informed Opioid Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program for adolescents. 
  2. Compare scripts for providing the program to participants in-person and online, both individually and in a group.
  3. Review PowerPoint slides and reproducible materials found in the program digital downloads.
  4. Identify online program implementation and evaluation training, tools and support.


Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Tuesday January 26th                   

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about this PPW Program: