Healthy Choices Bulletin

December 2021

The Healthy Choices Bulletin is a monthly summary of substance use prevention resources for staff to use and share with students and families. This edition features several different links to important resources for parents/caregivers. We want to encourage school teams to include them in their school newsletters and communications with families. If you have thoughts, questions or feedback please feel to reach out Mary Krogh.
This document share some articles, websites and a hand out that schools can share with families about handling stress and modeling responsible alcohol use during the holidays. These links are great for emails and newsletters to school communities.

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Multnomah County Art Contest

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Local Youth Art Contest

Multnomah County is looking for student artists! The Public Health Department, in partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, has launched a youth art contest. The theme is "How Flavored Tobacco Affects My Community."

The contest will feature a total of $4,000 in prizes, awarded in categories for both youth (12-18) and young adults (19-25). The contest will only be open until January 7, 2022!

All details and the submission form for this contest can be found here:

For facts about flavored tobacco, check out our 2-page fact sheet:

For Administrators and Deans - FAQ's for Substance Use Alternative Plans

This is a brief on pager that provides staff with helpful information and guidance when developing Alternative Plans for substance use violations. Link here

For additional guidance or support, please contact Dana Riemer Discipline Coordinator or Mary Krogh Substance Use Coordinator at

Uncle's E Corner

Uncle E from the CADC Team will have a reoccurring column in the Healthy Choices Bulletin celebrating the successes and growth of the REAHL Initiative.

Healthy Choices Bulletin Resources

Request for Substance Use Supports

This link contains a link to the google form for staff and translated requests for services for students and families.

REAHL Online Toolkit

REAHL is Portland Public Schools continuum of care for students that includes substance use and mental health information and resources. REAHL consists of four main components: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery.

PPS Student Wellness Advisory Group Training Video

This group formed in April of 2020 with the goal of bringing student voice to substance use prevention activities in PPS. The group created and wrote this training video as a way to share important information and strategies with staff.

Substance Use Discipline Resources

This folder contains a number of resources, tools and references developed for administrators and other school staff, as they respond to substance use discipline violations.

Links to Recovery CrossFit Classes

These three 20 minute videos are a great resource for Health teacher, Counselors, Social Workers or anyone else who wants to help students understand the link between physical and mental wellness.