December events, resources, opportunities, & more.


Court Order Requires Tobacco Companies to Post Signs About Health Risks of Smoking at 200,000 Stores Across U.S.

The major U.S. tobacco companies will soon have to post signs telling the public the truth about the deadly consequences of cigarette smoking at nearly 200,000 retail outlets across the nation that sell cigarettes. The order stems from the 2006 racketeering verdict against companies.

Click here to read the press release on the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids website (

New Study Concludes E-cigarette Use Harms the Heart in Similar Ways to Cigarette Use

Recent research has found that e-cigarette use increases the risk of abnormal heart rhythms. The research covered different types of inhaled tobacco or marijuana products.

Read more on the Heart Rhythm Society website, or click on the image with this story.

ESD 112 Prevention Professionals Recognized at 2022 Prevention Summit

Deb Drandoff, Director, Prevention & Youth Services at Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112), received a prestigious lifetime achievement award at the Washington Prevention Summit held last month.

After spending a decade in a behavioral health system that cared for patients with a drug addiction but failed to acknowledge the impact of nicotine product use, Deb Drandoff embarked on a 20-year professional learning journey with ESD 112 and made commercial tobacco product prevention in behavioral health her personal passion. Whether testifying at legislative sessions, developing data-based best practices, bringing high quality training opportunities, or simply making time to drop off a no smoking sign, Deb is a champion and instrumental force in expanding awareness of this issue and normalizing the idea of smoke-free behavioral health centers in Washington State and beyond.

Deb is retiring at the end of 2022 - it goes without saying that she will be greatly missed. We wish her the very best in her next adventure!

Lindsey Lonner, Community Prevention Project Coordinator for Castle Rock CARE Coalition, received a Prevention Professional Award at the Washington Prevention Summit held last month. To be considered for this award, nominees must be strong prevention leaders or supporters in their community. Lindsey was recognized for her coalition leadership, community involvement, active support of prevention activities, and commitment to substance use disorder prevention. Congratulations Lindsey!


Washington State Food Security Survey

The University of Washington and Washington State University, with support from Tacoma Community College, have created the Washington State Food Security Survey (WAFOOD) to monitor how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted economic security and food access for Washington State residents. This information will help state and community partners to identify needs and support resource allocation for WA State residents.

Washington State residents who are 18 years or older may participate. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is computer and smartphone capable. This survey will ask about health, food access, and economic needs but will not ask for name, protected health information, or any identifying information. Upon completing the survey, there is an option to provide an email address to enter a drawing for a $50 grocery store gift card (one of fifty). Entering the drawing is optional, taking part in this study is voluntary.

Please forward this survey to your networks!

The survey can be accessed here:

Interested in Volunteering? Two New Committees Forming.

Making the Connection Committee:

The "Making the Connection" toolkit was developed in 2018 with the goal of changing the conversation about substance abuse by talking WITH youth and not AT youth. A new commercial tobacco and vaping prevention module is needed to expand the toolkit content and add training materials that the community has requested.

Committee volunteers are needed to help guide the development of this module. If you would like to lend your voice and talents to this project, please contact

Parent-Directed Campaign Committee:

Help build a local campaign to enable parents to understand and utilize their influence over youth, or share relevant prevention information tailored to their needs. This campaign will be informed by the latest needs assessment data and community input.

If you’re interested in design, developing key messages, sorting out data, and more, contact to get involved.

2023 Washington State Legislative Session Convenes January 9th, 2023

Below are links to resources to help you prepare for the upcoming legislative session.

Bill Information (

Search by bill number, or list bills by many other methods from links. The bottom of each bill page has links to TVW video of hearings and floor action. See the Bill Report for a useful high-level summary of the bill policy, background, and hearing testimony.

Pre-filed Bills Page (

Budget Information on LEAP budget website (

Provides detail on budget proposals and links to Citizen’s Guides to WA State budgets.

Find your District & Legislators (

Election Results (

Washington Lobbying Rules (

Current Laws (RCWs) and Rules (WACs) (

Find RCWs or WAC by number or by title.

Legislative Information Center (

Useful resource on the legislative website. Click on the Classes & Tutorials link to find great handouts and videos and live class info.

Committee Information (

Sign Up for Email Updates on Committee Hearing Schedules (

Testifying in Committee or Submitting Comments (

Watch Live Coverage - TVW (

See unedited coverage of committee hearings, testimony, floor debate, press conferences, and much more. Search the archive for recorded events or tune in live!

Training resources on the legislative process from Prevention Voices WA and Foundation for Healthy Generations (

How to Read a Bill Video (

Understanding the WA Legislative Process Video (

How to Use the Legislative Website Video (

How to Use the Legislative Website Advanced Tips Video (

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Prevent Coalition Podcast

The holidays are a great time to catch up on podcasts! Consider adding the Prevent Coalition Podcast to your playlist. We're sharing stories and strategies to help coalitions and organizations reach their full potential."

A new Prevent Coalition Podcast is available - Episode 6, "New Coordinator Orientation". In this episode, Guest host Sarah Meyers from Pomeroy Partners shared insights and tricks for new Coalition Coordinators. Hear submissions from other Coordinators on early lessons learned. If you or a colleague is new to the prevention field, this one is for you!

Listen at The podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, the Apple Podcast app and other familiar streaming services.

Episodes archived at

Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating with Move Your Way Resources

Providing alternatives to using harmful substances is a key to successful prevention and one of the best alternatives is getting active. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion developed the Move Your Way® campaign in 2018 to share key recommendations from the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Now HHS is releasing new Move Your Way resources for consumers that highlight simple steps people can take to get active and eat healthy.

Access the Move Your Way resources at or by clicking on the Move Your Way image with this story.

Youth Engagement by provides a series of Youth and Community Engagement Activities, which are pre-packaged, free interactive lesson plans that include the tools necessary to outline the problem, collect the data, and present a compelling story about point-of-sale tobacco concerns to local decision makers and stakeholders. The resources are recently updated to include additional ideas, resources, and best practices for engaging youth in point-of-sale tobacco prevention and control.

To view these resources click the image with this story or visit

Campus Drug Prevention

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provides institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities with a resource website to prevent drug misuse among college students. Resources on the website include:

  • Student Center: Information about college substance misuse, ways to help a friend that is struggling with addiction, facts about drugs on your campus, and more.
  • Drug & Paraphernalia Index: This page is a one-stop reference for everything related to drugs -- from their appearance, paraphernalia, effects on the body, and more.
  • Resources: Federal & State resources, webinars, publications, podcasts, red ribbon week, and a toolbox for prevention practitioners!

To access these resources visit or click on the image with this story.

Awkward Conversations | Season 2 Trailer

'Awkward Conversations' Podcast Series

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Elks Drug Awareness Program have partnered to create a video podcast series, 'Awkward Conversations'. This 20-video series covers a wide variety of subjects to help parents learn how to empower their kids to make healthy decisions and features guest experts and celebrity parents. Topics include signs of drug use in teens, fake pills, preventing drug misuse among college students, bullying and peer pressure and its consequences, understanding your kids’ social media use, and dos and don’ts when you talk about drugs.

Visit the Campus Drug Prevention website ( to access the video podcast series and learn more!

Youth Engagement Guide

The Foundation for Healthy Generations (Healthy Gen) has updated their Youth Engagement Guide with new suggestions from youth around the state-including updated information about voter registration. Healthy Gen works to ensure all people have the equal opportunity for a healthy life. This guide is a powerful tool that empowers youth with communication strategies they can use to bring attention to issues important to them when talking to legislators and lawmakers.

Click here or on the image to view the Youth Engagement Guide.

Operation Prevention

The DEA has joined forces with Discovery Education to provide no-cost online tools that support every member of the community with the power of prevention. Help kickstart life-saving conversations today with standards-aligned English & Spanish-language resources for students in grades 3-12, plus additional resources designed for educators, families, and professionals. Resources are available for:

  • Schools
  • Workplace
  • Parents (toolkit!)
  • Culture-based Groups

Also available are virtual field trips and student videos. This educational initiative is designed to inspire life-changing conversations and equip people from all walks of life with the knowledge and refusal skills they need to steer clear of substance misuse.

Visit to view the resources. A one-page description of resources is available and can viewed by clicking here or clicking on the image with this story.

Making the Connection Toolkit Introduction

Making the Connection

The Making the Connection Toolkit provides interactive modules that reveal the connection between ACEs, toxic stress, brain development, and youth substance use. The toolkit helps educators engage youth with realistic examples, current science, and engaging activities to help youth make personal connections to the material while building resilience and coping skills. This toolkit is intended for parents and adults to present to the youth they work with, mentor, or care for.

Who is the toolkit for?

Safe and caring adults who work with youth in schools, prevention clubs, leadership programs, faith communities, and community organizations.

This toolkit gives adults the tools to connect with youth on topics including:

  • Toxic Stress, ACEs, and trauma
  • Teen brain development
  • Coping and risk factors
  • Costs of early substance abuse
  • Vaping, e-cigs, & marijuana
  • Mapping your resilience
  • What communities can do to help

Watch the Making the Connection video above for more information. Access the resources on the YouthNow! website ( or by clicking the image with this story.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Stickers

SAMHSA provides 2 inch x 2 inch "There is Hope" stickers help publicize the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The stickers are packaged in quantities of 100 and orders are limited to one packet per order. The stickers are available in green, pink, and blue as well as in English and Spanish. Business sized wallet cards advertising 988 are also available.

To view SAMHSA's 988 resources visit and search for "988" or click the image with this story.

Tobacco Where You Live: Mapping Techniques

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Office on Smoking and Health has published a new supplement to the Best Practices User Guides, Tobacco Where You Live: Mapping Techniques.

The Tobacco Where You Live supplement empowers state and local programs to understand how commercial tobacco use varies within their communities and take action to reduce tobacco use in communities with the highest prevalence. Mapping gives programs the power to focus their efforts where they can have the greatest impact. Maps can help identify tobacco-related disparities, model possible approaches, and educate the public.

The guide can help you:

  • Prepare to begin a mapping project;
  • Create an effective tobacco control map in six easy steps;
  • Learn how state programs have used maps to support tobacco prevention and control goals; and
  • Identify the best resources and tools to get started.

The online version of the guide is available on CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Use website at: or you can access by clicking on the image with this story.

*Storing medicine in a locked location is the single most effective deterrent to accidental poisonings, overdose, medicine theft, and misuse that can lead to prescription drug addiction. Stay informed and talk with loved ones about the risks for ingesting or taking medicine not prescribed for them and benefits of safeguarding your medications. Learn more at

Study Identifies Mental Health Disparities in Rural Schools

Proportionally fewer rural public schools have the ability to get kids diagnosed with mental health issues than their urban counterparts, according to a study led by researchers at Washington State University.

To read the full article click on the image associated with this story.

Rural Conference Photos Available

Now available for use are pictures taken at the Rural Conference held on September 22-23, 2022. The photos can be found on the Rural Toolkit website in a folder labeled “conference”. These are stock photos that can be used for promotion of rural prevention work!

Access the images from within the Rural Toolkit at and enter the password: ruralrocks!

Rural Grant Progress

  • Assess Data: We created a contract with Clark County Public Health to offer Epidemiology support and implement parts of the action plan. They will offer several data trainings to the network, build an online visual data portal, and more.
  • Build Toolkit: In October we hosted a workgroup meeting to update the Find Your Good campaign with rural elements, captions, and images. We'll create a plan to survey rural youth for input.
  • Change Policy: Our goal this year is to connect rural youth groups and coalitions to legislators during Rural Network meetings. November - February we'll focus on gathering youth volunteers, training on policy, and preparing for legislative meet and greets.
  • Offer Training: Thank you for attending the Rural Conference! Access materials and slideshow PDF's at the website hub. You may also access the evaluation from this page.
  • Offer Training: We will host a virtual Youth Advocacy Training statewide again on December 7 and December 8. This event is coordinated in partnership with Teens for Tomorrow and Prevention Voices. Stay tuned for more information. Click here to register online for Day 1 and here to register for Day 2.
  • Promote Equity: The Steering Committee has been reviewing assessment information and analyzing the network through an equity lens, creating goals for improvement and reducing barriers for participation. They submit an Equity Plan to funders in September.

For a full grant progress timeline visit

Southwest Region Events

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

9:30 -11:00 a.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For southwest region coalition coordinators.

SW Regional Network Meeting

Thursday, December 15, 2022

2:00 -3:30 p.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For southwest regional network members.

CCPH Qualitative Data Training

March 14, 2023

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: ESD 112 Conference Center, 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA

Six-hour training, receive tools and procedures for qualitative data gathering strategies.

Teens Care Too Summit

April 11, 2023

Time TBD

Location: ESD 112 Conference Center, 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA

After several years of cancelation this event aims to return as an all-day training hosted by CADCA! This day-long event focuses on youth empowerment, advocacy, policy, and prevention basics. Likely to be a one-of-a-kind event!

Rural Network Events

Rural Network Office Hours

Wednesday, January 4, 2022

1-2 p.m.

Online conference call

For Rural Network members to receive technical assistance

Rural Steering Committee

Wednesday, January 4, 2022

3-4:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Develop the plan, guide the implementation, evaluate the results.

All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Relevant events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:

Public Health Law Center

Eliminating Commercial Tobacco: The Endgame Approach
December 15, 2022

10am-10:30am (PT)

Since the 1950s, the tobacco industry has killed millions of Americans and harmed tens of millions more, all while targeting kids and communities of color, driving up healthcare costs, and poisoning the environment with toxic waste. The Public Health Law Center will provide a 30-minute overview of endgame policy strategies and the current state of the tobacco endgame and will explain why reducing tobacco use can advance racial and health equity.

Click here for registration and information on the Public Health Law Center website.


Ethics in Prevention Foundations

(Virtually moderated 6-hour course)

Repeats monthly, visit website for next session!

No Fee, Limited Space Available

This two-week, asynchronous moderated course, adapted from the original SAMHSA Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) course, explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area to facilitate discussion with other course participants. Course meets requirements for prevention specialist credentialing.

View ongoing training and events at


Cannabis Pharmacology for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners

(Self-paced course)

NEW 3-part (4.5 hour) cannabis pharmacology series from the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Cannabis Prevention Working Group. Review updated, science-based information on cannabis to better-equip prevention professionals & coalitions to serve their communities.

Registration and training via the website.


Pharmacology for Prevention Professionals

(Self-paced course)

Explore the basics of how substances impact major brain regions and the acute and chronic symptoms associated with different substances. Certificates of 1.5 hours for each of the following four courses: Basics of Pharmacology and Alcohol, Basics of Pharmacology and Opioids, Basics of Pharmacology and Psychostimulants (Cocaine & Methamphetamine), and Basics of Pharmacology and Cannabis.

Learn more and enroll via the website.

CADCA National Leadership Forum: January 30 - February 2, 2023

When is CADCA's National Leadership Forum?

Forum occurs Monday, Januray 30 - Thursday, February 2, 2023

Where is Forum being held?

Forum will take place at Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD.

Who attends Forum?

Educators | Faith Leaders | Individuals in Recovery | Justice Personnel | Law Enforcement | Mental Health Consumers | Military and Military Families | Parents | Prevention Specialists | Public Health Professionals | Researchers | State and Local Coalition Leaders | Substance Use & Mental Health Professionals | Treatment Providers | Youth

Forum Offers:

  • Training from top experts in the field
  • Information, tools and strategies to take your prevention work to the next level
  • The latest science, news and trends on substance misuse issues
  • The opportunity to network with thousands of advocates passionate about prevention
  • Specialized youth leadership training

Visit for registration information.

Thank You.

Connection is the Best Prevention

Supported by the fiscal agent ESD 112, Prevent is a regional coalition formed in 2003 to increase collaboration, awareness, and reduce youth substance use in Southwest Washington. Prevent also implements initiatives for rural communities across Washington state. As a community mobilizer, the coalition creates a culture promoting healthy choices; advocates for policies and regulations that protect, empowers and nurtures youth; and facilitates positive opportunities for youth to be involved and thrive.

Rural Toolkit Access

The Rural Toolkit can be found at Access to the Rural Toolkit is password protected. The password is: ruralrocks!