July events, resources, opportunities, & more.


Psychosis, Addiction, Chronic Vomiting: As Weed Becomes More Potent, Teens Are Getting Sick

With THC levels close to 100 percent, today’s cannabis products are making some teenagers highly dependent and dangerously ill.

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FDA Rolls Out Several Actions on Commercial Tobacco Products

In recent months the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) took significant steps to address smoking and e-cigarette use in the United States. To learn more click on the following FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) national news releases:

Data Shows Increase in Self-harm & Suicide Among Washington Youth

The Washington Poison Center recently released a new data dashboard on the calls they take about adolescents who have ingested (eaten or drank) a substance for self-harm or suspected suicide reasons. These calls have increased substantially over the last 3 years, particularly among younger ages and adolescent girls.

Read the full story here.

View the Data Dashboard file here.

*If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction to opioids, now is the time to get help. Programs are available across Washington state to help you live an opioid-free life. Find out more at or Washington State residents can call the Washington Recovery Helpline at 866-789-1511 for confidential crisis intervention and treatment referral services.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Racial and ethnic minority communities face unique struggles regarding mental illness in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for racial and ethnic minority groups to get access to mental health and substance-use treatment services.

Throughout the month of July, the Health and Human Service (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is promoting tools and resources addressing the stigma about mental health among racial and ethnic minority populations.

Visit this web page during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month for shareable social media messages, downloadable graphics, information and health resources that can be used to educate your communities.

Parent Vape Education Night

CORE Health of Longview, WA is providing a Parent Vape Education Night at their CORE Ascent Youth Center. Food and a child activity will be provided.

Where: In-Person: 1400 Commerce Avenue, Longview, WA 98632

When: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 5:30PM-6:30PM

How to Register: Please RSVP at

More Information: Contact Leah Parsons, Community Relations Coordinator,


Printable Flyer: Click Here!

Prevention Voices WA - 2022 Interim

Washington Legislature 101 - The 2022 Interim

If you are interested in impacting policy during the next legislative session (January 2023) watch this 8 minute video created by Prevention Voices WA. It provides strategies and information that prevention professionals can apply to their policymaking efforts during the legislative interim, which is happening right now!

2022 Election: Click here to learn who is running in your district.

Find out who is your current legislator: Click here to visit the website.

National Suicide Hotline

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), beginning July 16, 2022, "988" will be the new three-digit dialing or texting code connecting people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where compassionate, accessible care and support is available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress - including youth - whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also contact 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Check out the SAMHSA 988 Fact Sheet for more information.

Visit SAMHSA's 988 information website for a communication toolkit, FAQ's, and more.

LGBTQ Fact Sheets for Prevention Professionals

Produced in partnership with Chase Brexton's LGBT Resource Center, these fact sheets serve as a resource for Prevention Professionals working with LGBTQ Communities. Three fact sheets are available:

  • LGBTQ Youth and Vaping
  • LGBTQ Suicide Prevention
  • LGBTQ Substance Misuse Prevention Strategies

Along with plenty of data these fact sheets highlight risk and protective factors unique to these communities. They can be accessed from the PTTC Central East website (click here!)

NIAAA Expands Outreach to Diverse Audiences with New Factsheet Translations

In support of policies to expand access to educational materials, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) now offers some of its popular evidence-based factsheets on alcohol and health in 17 languages.

Click here to for more information.

Website Upgrade for

A new version of the website is now live. Upgraded features include:

  • Improved navigation and organization
  • Better accessibility
  • Translation into 20 different languages (by Google Translate)

The website continues to offer education and resources for individuals, professionals, and communities in Washington State who want to learn to prevent and respond to overdose and improve the health of people who use drugs. There is also a search tool to find naloxone (Narcan) near you.

Click here to visit

*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

Rural America Lost Population Over the Past Decade for the First Time in History

Many rural areas have been hit hard over the past decade by globalization, a rapidly changing U.S. economy, job instability, and high unemployment. The net result has been migration losses and low fertility. As a result, only about a third of nonmetropolitan (rural) counties gained population between 2010 and 2020. The other two-thirds lost population. In some cases, the losses were modest, but nearly one in three rural counties have experienced chronic population decline. And, for the first time ever, rural America as a whole lost population between 2010 and 2020.

A review of the 2020 U.S. Census by staff at University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy identified the following key findings:

  • Racial diversity increased in nonmetropolitan America over the past decade, though the population remains 76% non-Hispanic White.
  • Diversity increased in rural America, even as the rural population declined.
  • The rural child population is more diverse than the adult population.
  • Growing rural diversity presents both challenges and opportunities for rural communities, people, and institutions.

Click here to see all the data and read the full report.

Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit

Provided by the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), the toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing suicide prevention programs in rural communities across the United States. There are seven toolkit modules with resources and information focused on developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining rural suicide prevention programs.

Click here to access the toolkit resources.

Data for Rural Health Equity Training Series

This training provided by Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and University of Washington School of Public Health is for public health professionals serving rural communities in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) and transferable to a variety of public health contexts. The training series includes three self-paced learning modules followed by two live, interactive workshops. Participants will cover the following learning objectives:

  • Consider how community or population-level data can support decision-making to address health inequities.
  • Apply tools and methods to prioritize public health program and policy options for addressing health inequities.
  • Describe how data can support decision-making for addressing key community health inequities.

Where: Virtual

When: August 24, 2022 to September 22, 2022

Duration: 7 hours

Cost: $350 (scholarships available!)

Registration Deadline: Registration closes JULY 22, 2022

Registration and Event Website:

Registration Open: Rural Prevention Conference

Connection & New Beginnings

Prevent Coalition and the Rural Network are hosting this in-person gathering of rural prevention professionals, educators, and passionate volunteers. The Rural Prevention Conference will bring together and engage people focused on issues of great importance to rural communities.

Experience two days of learning, networking, and solution building. Get an overview or take a deep dive into all aspects of rural prevention with an opportunity to share, learn, and discover new strategies to better engage rural communities and partner with them more effectively. This conference is designed for community leaders, residents, and professionals who seek to create a stronger Washington State.

Where: In-Person - Yakima Convention Center, 10 N 8th St, Yakima, WA 98901

When: Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 12 – 4 p.m.

& Friday, September 23, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Event Website: Click here to visit event website

Registration: Click here to register

Flyer: Click here to download.

More Information: Email

Rural Grant Progress

  • Evaluation: Click here to take the annual evaluation survey for the Rural Network.
  • Outcomes: We're compiling our annual outcomes for the year. They will be live one our website once they are finalized.
  • Conference: Registration is open! We will update the agenda as we get confirmation from key speakers. Click here to access.
  • Training: Thank you for attending the Cultural Competency for Rural Communities training series. Access materials and minutes at the culture web page.
  • Recruitment: Welcome to the Rural Network! In 2021-22, we gained 40 new members.
  • Steering: Welcome Brisa Sanchez to the Steering Committee!
  • Toolkit: We hosted a workgroup meeting in June to discuss adding rural elements to the Find Your Good campaign.
  • Photo Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more photos.
  • Story Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more stories.

For a full grant progress timeline visit

Southwest Region Events

Locks Save Lives Stakeholder Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For stakeholders of the campaign and opioid prevention partners.

Rural Network Events

Rural Network Meeting

Tuesday, July 26

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Implement the action plan. Review Rural Healthy Youth Survey Needs Assessment 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:

Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA)

Annual Conference for Health 2022

Oct. 11 - 13, 2022

Wenatchee, WA

The theme for the 2022 conference is, "Identity, Diversity, Belonging - Facilitating an end to systemic injustices"

Visit registration website.


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.

Two Opportunities Available for SAPST

Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that improve substance-related outcomes, reduce behavioral health disparities, and improve wellness.

The Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network is offering this innovative training in a virtual format that blends a pre-requisite self-paced online course with a combination of live interactive sessions. Individual homework assignments will be completed before and between the live sessions.

Offered Twice:

Option 1: July 11, 14, 18 and 21, 2022

Details: Click here for July session application and details.

Registration Deadline June 27, 2022

Option 2: September 12, 15, 19, and 22, 2022

Details: Click here for September session application and details.

Registration Deadline August 22, 2022

Region 10 Opioid Summit

The Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) Opioid Summit is an opportunity for professionals from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Indian Nations, urban Indian health programs, and recognized American Indian organizations to meet and explore ways to address the opioid crisis. This event will be held virtually.

Where: Virtual

When: August 3-4, 2022

Cost: Free!

Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. on July 22, 2022. Click here to visit the registration website.

More Information:

2022 National Prevention Network Annual Conference

The purpose of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference is to highlight the latest research in the substance use prevention field. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.

This year's conference theme, "The Power of HOPE: Healthy Opportunities for Prevention to Empower Change."

Where: Virtual

When: August 23-25, 2022

Registration Deadline: Early bird registration ends July 15th

More Information:

Cannabis Action Conference, Sept. 20-21

The fifth annual CannAct Conference (formerly Public Health-Marijuana Summit) brings public health professionals, prevention specialists, equity advocates, public safety professionals, tobacco prevention professionals, partners, and other advocates together virtually to discuss the new and changing legalized cannabis landscape in our communities. The conference focus is policy, system and environmental change.

Where: Virtual

When: September 20-21, 2022

Registration Deadline: Earlybird registration ends September 1st.

More Information:

2022 Prevention Summit

The Prevention Summit is an enriching training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers, and professionals engaged in health promotion and the prevention of substance misuse, violence, and other high-risk behaviors, in a setting that promotes cultural humility. The 2022 is still under development. More information will be available in future newsletters, or visit the event website for updates.

Where: Virtual and in-person - Yakima, WA

When: November 8-9, 2022

Registration: Not yet open (as of June 5, 2002)

More Information: Visit event webpage (

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.