September Coalition Newsletter

Prevent Coalition News, Events, Updates and more.

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ESD 112 Attends National Conference on Tobacco or Health

Prevent Coalition and ESD 112 attended the National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Minneapolis Minnesota August 26-29th, 2019. We're grateful for this experience and gained so much insight.

Prevent and Youth Now live-tweeted the event on our Twitter pages (click here to view) and are glad to share some of what was presented.

A highlight was engaging with the U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams. The Surgeon General shared many insights, a few noted below:

  • Participants were thanked for attending and encouraged to include more community members in their work. "It's said if you're not at the table, you're on the menu," encouraging participants to get involved and stay involved.
  • “Everyone needs to be a minority health specialist. Thank you for implementing strategies for those dis-proportionally affected by tobacco: racial/ethnic minorities, those with mental health disorders and addiction, sexual and gender minorities," reminding participants that cultural competency, equity and inclusion must be at the center of our work at all times.
  • "We are at the lowest point of smoking in recorded history, yet smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the US," a reminder of why this prevention work matters.
  • Dr. Adams spoke about cultural divides: "We need to be better communicators. We need to do motivational interviewing, speak about prosperity, and find out what drives people to act."
  • Regarding e-cigarette and vaping devices Dr. Adam's shared, '"Kids think e-cigarettes are safe. My son said the other day, "But Dad it's just flavored water." I told him not to tell anyone he is the Surgeon General's son! Companies are marketing to youth in video games and apps. Kids don't hear the truth from the Surgeon General, in fact, I'd rather have Taylor Swift tell youth not to use."'
  • He mentioned companies responding to prevention efforts including Netflix reducing the amount of smoking displayed in the later seasons of Stranger Things after public pressure. Later in the conference it was also mentioned that Gears of War video games will no longer feature any smoking in the future in response to letters and advocacy.
  • Participants were informed "Kids are using e-cigarettes at greater frequency than adults addicted to cigarettes. JUUL and e-cigarette companies are hooking our kids like no one has ever been able to before." He continued stating how JUUL has targeted specific populations stating, "85% of African American smokers use menthol e-cigarettes. Over half of youth smokers use menthol e-cigarettes. We have to address menthol e-cigarette flavors if we want to make a difference." It was later shared that this statistic is not a coincidence and that JUUL has marketed towards these audiences intentionally.
  • Dr. Adam's celebrated successes stating, "The decline of tobacco use in the US is nothing sort of remarkable. US youth tobacco use today is at 8.1%. Eight states have reduced youth tobacco use to under 5%," sharing later, "This success will only continue if everyone acts boldly, decisively, demands action from government and creates an environment where inaction is unacceptable."

For more on what we learned at the conference, visit our twitter pages for the live-tweeting records at and

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News Highlights

Surgeon General Releases Advisory on Marijuana’s Damaging Effects on the Developing Brain

Daring Classrooms from Brene Brown is here! "We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore."

Bill Would Open Door to Cannabis Home Delivery in WA

One-Pager & Infographics Available for Clark County Healthy Youth Survey 2018 Results

Washington State Prevention Summit registration is open.

Welcome Central Vancouver Coalition to social media!

Facebook: @centralvancouvercoalition

Instagram: @centralvancoalition

Twitter: @CentralVan_2018

Battle Against Tobacco Epidemic is Far From Won, WHO Reports. Billions live in countries where there are no stringent measures to control smoking.

Adults discussing substances and healthy coping strategies during Back to School season can access the Find Your Good toolkit online.

5 Things for Parents To Know for Back to School, Mental Health & Bullying

Click here if you missed our annual outcomes from last month's newsletter.

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YEP Kick-Off & Public Speaking Training

Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 3:30-5 pm at ESD 112 Conference Center starting September 17th. An optional new member orientation takes place from 2:30-3:30 pm before each meeting but is not required.

This group is for both youth and caring adults. Members will participate in leadership development workshops, training sessions on advocacy, learn how to work with the media/press and will have the opportunity to meet with legislators in Olympia. The group will also offer youth voice to Prevent Coalition as a whole. Adults who attend will be able to use what they experience with other youth groups and connect with youth in need of positive role models.

On September 17th YEP members will kick off with building community, defining culture, participate in a public speaking and presentation skills workshop and more.

Click here to learn more information and contact if you know a youth or supportive adult who might be interested in getting involved.

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Resource to Resilience Education Fair. September 18th from 3:30-5pm at ESD 112.

On Wednesday September 18th from 3:30-5 pm at ESD 112 we’ll host a resiliency and education fair, connecting you with places to get support and build resilient youth.

Click here to download the event flyer.

Click here for the website calendar event.

Click here for the Facebook event.


You, adults who work with youth, school staff, Student Assistance Professionals and other youth behavioral health providers.


Wednesday, Sept. 18th 2019 3:30—5 p.m.


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


For information about the event please contact

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Mark Your Calendar

Prevent Coalition events:

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

September 5th from 9:30-11 am

ESD 112 Columbia Room

2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661

Steering Committee Retreat (Steering Members Only)

September 11th from 4-7pm

ESD 112 Columbia Room

2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661

Youth Empowerment Project - Kickoff Meeting for youth and adults

September 17th from 3:30-5pm

Optional new member orientation from 2:30-3:30pm

ESD 112 Clark Room

2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661

Resource to Resilience Education Fair

September 18th from 3:30-5 pm

ESD 112 Conference Center

2500 NE 65th Ave. Vancouver, WA 986661

Contact to host a resilience resource table!

Drug Take Back Events

October 26th from 10-2pm.

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Community events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:

9/7 Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival

From 11 am - 5 pm at Evergreen Park.

9/11 Webinar: “Meet Them Where They Are” Building Protective Factors for the Future

Online from 1-2 pm.

9/12 Healthy Living Collaborative Quarterly Meeting

9/16 Webinar: Better Pain Control, Fewer Opioids

Online from 12-1 pm.

9/18 Ripple Effects of Childhood Trauma: Conversation on Building Resilience

Vancouver Community Library from 6:30-8:30 pm.

9/27 Clark County Opioid Taskforce Meeting

11/5 through 11/6 Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima, WA

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