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December 29, 2020

The Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center (EWAHEC) at EWU plans to host a summer internship opportunity for high school students, tentatively named AHEC Prevention, and they need your help.  This program is targeted at high school students ages 16 and up who live in rural areas and are low-income or black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). Interns would be placed at a CPWI location near their home, and would be working 15 hours per week for 4 weeks (60 total hours).  This is your opportunity to provide career exposure to prevention work AND behavioral health careers for a  young person.

There is no cost to your CPWI site to participate.  The interns will be doing service learning and helping with initiatives at your site by doing social media campaigns, helping with trainings, or similar work with your organization. The EWAHEC is providing volunteer shirts, transportation costs, and a participant stipend to students who complete the internship.

If your CPWI site would like to participate, please contact Krista Loney ( for more information.”

December 17, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Explore the contents in the new 2021 SPORT (Alcohol/Drug) Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs for high school, middle school and elementary school-aged youth.
  2. Compare scripts for providing these PPWs to participants individually and in group settings both in-person as well as online.
  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: Wednesday January 6th                  

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW:

December 16, 2020

 The 2021 Communities Talk stipend cycle is now open! This year, the $750 planning stipends will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you didn't receive an invitation to participate in this year's stipend cycle, e-mail to request your stipend invitation. Be sure to include your organization's name and website to speed up the verification process.

As you begin planning, remember to check out the resources that are available on the Communities Talk website.

Questions? Please contact Martha Williams at

December 15, 2020

Congratulations to the five new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grantees in Washington state:

  • Birch Bay-Blaine Thrives
  • Burlington Healthy Community Coalition
  • Kennewick's KEY Connection Coalition Drug Free Communities
  • Mt. Baker Community Coalition Project for a Drug Free Community
  • Pomeroy DFC Program

To receive funding through this highly competitive Federal program is a testament to the terrific work going on in those coalitions. As a DFC recipient, these grantees will receive up to $125,000 per year for five years with an opportunity to apply for an additional five years.

There were also three Washington coalitions that secured DFC funding for an additional five years:

  • La Center United Drug Free Communities Support Program
  • Prosser Drug Free Community Coalition
  • Stevenson's One Prevention Alliance

Again, the continued coalition awards demonstrate the strength and effectiveness those coalitions have in their communities.  These 8 coalitions join 16 other Washington coalitions with continuation grant awards, bringing the total of coalitions in the state funded through the Drug-Free Communities grant to 23.

Our congratulations to all DFC grantees on your hard work, successful applications, and the increased opportunity to create positive community-wide change preventing substance abuse!  

Information about the DFC program and Drug-Free Communities grantees can be found here:

Learn more about the HCA DFC support program.

December 15, 2020

The University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) has published a statement and report on cannabis concentrations and related health risks. More information can be found on the ADAI website

December 11, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Review 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. List new adaptations to PPW programs increasing their flexibility and practicality for use in-person and online.


Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday December 16th                  

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW:

December 2, 2020

Each year the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery compiles and submits an Annual Synar Report (ASR) to the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The Annual Synar Rate for Washington was 5.5%.

The public comment period for the draft of the report has ended.
NOTE:  For the version made available for public review, certain in-text notations were made for the benefit of the reader.  Those are highlighted yellow.

FFY 2021 Annual Synar Report  [click to open a copy of the report - as posted during public comment period]

SSES Tables

November 24, 2020

Session Objectives:

  1. Review research examining the efficacy of goal setting for influencing youth health behaviors.
  2. Explore two behavior models for increasing goal commitment and behavior change among youth and young adults.
  3. Examine the role of goal setting with evidence-based substance use and health promotion programs.
  4. Assess health education goal setting standards for youth and two formulas for teaching goal setting. 


Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday December 2nd                 

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW:

November 20, 2020

The Latino/a Emerging Leaders Fellowship was created in collaboration between CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) and the National Hispanic/Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NHL-PTTC).

This fellowship will provide leadership development and capacity building training for emerging leaders within the field of substance misuse prevention and community development. 

The Latino/a Emerging Leaders Fellowship supports bilingual and multilingual Spanish and Portuguese speaking emerging leaders and community change agents who are actively working to address substance use and misuse. The fellowship will select five inaugural community-minded Fellows for a nine-month program designed to build the capacity to navigate and thrive in the constantly shifting field of prevention. 

The Emerging Leaders Fellowship program will take a cross-disciplinary approach and will build competency in four areas: partnership and coalition building, leadership development for social change, implementation and adaptation of evidence informed strategies and systems thinking. Through this program, our Fellows will also have the opportunity to learn from and interact with national experts and community leaders from across the U.S. in the prevention and public health field.  

The program will do a deep dive into prevention science and how principles of equity and inclusion have enhanced prevention services and interventions in public health. Participants will also complete a capstone project and work toward achieving a Prevention Specialist Certification. 

To find out more information about the fellowship, visit the CADCA website. 

November 18, 2020

We're celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Washington State Quitline (WAQL)!

On Thursday, November 19, the Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with Optum and the DOH Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program, is rolling out modernized services that meet ongoing and emergent needs, from helping adults quit smoking – a risk factor for severe COVID-19 illness – to curbing the youth vaping epidemic.

Since November 2000, the Quitline has provided free, personalized, phone-based tobacco cessation counseling to tens of thousands of callers, saving them money and helping them live longer, healthier lives. The Washington State Quitline has a storied history, impacting lives locally and globally.

Commercial tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Washington, resulting in the loss of an estimated 8,300 lives and $2.8 billion in health care expenses each year. As of 2019, 13% of adults in Washington – over 750,000 – still smoke cigarettes. Tobacco cessation progress in our state has slowed considerably over the past decade, and tobacco-related disparities remain pronounced. This, paired with the fact that 1 in 5 Washington high schoolers now vapes, shows an increasing need for evidence-based tobacco use and dependence treatment.

Tobacco quitlines are proven public health interventionsIn 2018-2019, nearly 35% of WAQL participants quit tobacco within seven months of registering for the program. For every dollar Washington spends on cessation services, we save five dollars in lost productivity, medical, and other costs. The WAQL is estimated to provide societal benefits in excess of $28,000 per participant.

This year, the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) ranked Washington #2 in the nation on participant quit rate. However, NAQC ranked us last on quitline spending since the state only spends $0.33 per adult who smokes. The Quitline is funded solely by a CDC grant, enabling DOH to provide five counseling calls and two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy to uninsured and underinsured participants. 2,214 participants registered for Quitline services last year.

As the Quitline enters its third decade of operation, we are launching new branding and promoting the following innovative services:

  • Text2Enroll – Washingtonians can now text READY to 200-400 to begin the Quitline registration process (in addition to registering at or calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW)
  • Online referrals – Health care providers can receive free training at and refer clients at
  • Tailored counseling for high-risk populations – Pregnant women and people with serious mental illness receive extra and specialized support
  • Vaping cessation support – Teens and adults alike can receive free help with quitting e-cigarettes

The Quitline also has Spanish-speaking Quit Coaches and offers translation services in over 240 languages.

Please join us in celebrating the Quitline's 20th Anniversary! Take a moment to visit our updated webpage for providers and check out our new look. We hope you’ll join us in championing commercial tobacco cessation to your colleagues and provider networks by sharing the above resources.

For questions, please reach out to Nick Fradkin, DOH Tobacco Treatment Consultant, at