February Coalition Newsletter

Prevent Coalition News, Events, Updates and more.

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Preventing the Use of Marijuana: Focus on Women and Pregnancy

This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent marijuana use among pregnant women. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.


Click here to download the report.

SAMHSA offers even more resources for marijuana at www.samhsa.gov/marijuana.

Marijuana – Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
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Make Your Training Sessions Soar

Woman facilitating a training session.

"Make Your Training Sessions Soar; Instructional Design for Community Activists."


We're hosting a professional development opportunity from Feb 24-26th 8:30-4:30 pm at ESD 112. Registration is $50 per person using the link below. Prevention professionals, health educators, coalition leaders and more are invited to join us and build community capacity to promote health and wellness.


See full details, requirements, what to bring and what to expect on the registration page.

Click here to register.

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Suicide Prevention Program Opportunity for Schools: Sources of Strength

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is partnering with Sources of Strength (Sources) to provide 11 Washington communities (school or community-based youth-serving organizations) the opportunity to implement the Sources Youth Suicide Prevention Program. DOH will fund Sources to provide initial training to each implementing site, and provide ongoing technical assistance throughout program implementation. OSPI is pleased to help promote this DOH-funded youth suicide prevention program.


In Washington state, suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens 15 to 19 years old. According to the Washington Healthy Youth Survey (2018), 32% of eighth graders, 40% of 10th graders, and 41% of 12th graders felt so sad or hopeless for 2 weeks or more that they stopped doing their usual activities. 16% of 8th graders, 18% of 10th graders, and 18% of 12th graders reported making a suicide plan.


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News To Know

2020 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking Cessation.

This is the first report focusing on smoking cessation in thirty years. The evidence reviewed and summarized in this report can serve as a catalyst for efforts to further reduce the health and economic burden of tobacco product use in the United States.


Topics & Trends for Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board.

Learn about the upcoming expiration of the emergency flavor ban rules and what to expect on February 8th, understand new rules regarding hemp production in Washington, how the LCB is changing their systems and organization to work towards education/outreach instead of enforcement and more.


January Health Policy News.

Hear updates from Julie Peterson and Foundation for Healthy Generations regarding prevention related legislation, policies to watch and see the recap of Prevention Policy Day 2020.


Vancouver Cannabis Stores Burglarized.

Main Street Marijuana and New Vansterdam cannabis retailers were broken into and burglarized, causing thousands of dollars of damage. The same two people are suspects for both cases. This follows a string of targeted crimes to retailers, farms and producers across Washington state. The Wholesale Cannabis Business Maps and Addresses map was removed from the Liquor & Cannabis Board website in attempts to keep businesses safe.


Youth Achievement Celebration Nominations Due Feb. 14

The annual Clark County Youth Achievement Celebration will be held on Sunday, May 3 at Skyview High School. Information can be found here, including a link to the nomination forms. Recognition is a powerful way to help young people feel valued by and connected to their community. Prevention research shows having opportunities for pro-social involvement in the community and being recognized for involvement are forces of protection helping youth thrive. Nominations are available for thirteen categories of achievement.

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Students looking for financial aid?

Community Foundation Opens Local Scholarship Applications

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington opened applications for its 2020 scholarship program. The Community Foundation manages 68 scholarship funds that have been established by donors, organizations and businesses. They support students at various levels of education and within specific fields of study, such as the arts or engineering. Deadlines for applications vary by scholarship, with a majority closing on March 31, 2020. Students interested in learning more and applying can visit https://www.cfsww.org/how-we-grant/scholarships/.


Click here to review the full press release.

Click here to download the announcement flyer.

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Film Screening Materials

Thank you to all who attended our Youth Mental Health Film Screening in January. We host four quarterly coalition events each year and we're grateful for your continued support. Rich conversations and connections were shared.


Save the Date: Our next quarterly event is Wed. April 8th, 2020 from 3:30-5 pm at ESD 112.


We received positive feedback and many requests to share event materials. For those of you who could not attend or are interested in hosting your own film screening you may access our materials below.


  • Click here for a Short overview of the Moving Minds film project.
  • Click here to access and view all the films.
  • Click here for the agenda and discussion questions.
  • Click here for a more in depth guide of each film.
  • Click here for the event flyer.
  • Click here for a datasheet on youth mental health and substance use in Clark County.
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What's New on Youth Now?

On the “Counselors and Health Professional Resources” page:
  • In the “Quitting Resources” section is a new video commercial by the Truth Initiative. Youth demonstrate some creative ways to #DitchJuul!
  • A link to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Vaping, JUUL, and E-Cigarette Presentation Toolkit which provides resources to health care professionals and education providers. Also a link their “E-Cigarettes” resource web page with quick facts, information on nicotine replacement therapy and supporting addicted youth, printable fact sheets for clinicians, pediatricians, and parents, plus a link to their video presentation, “E-Cigarettes: A Public Health Crisis."

On the “Educators Resources” page:

  • Updated links to the “Catch My Breath” Curriculum funded by CVS Health. Their curriculum has been updated including new resources for parents, videos, and tip/fact sheets.
  • A PDF document from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “E-Cigarettes and Youth: What Educators and Coaches Need to Know."
  • New lesson plan added, “E-Cigarettes, A Dangerous Trend." Complete lesson and downloadable materials to help students understand that e-cigarettes aren’t safe.


All this and more at www.youthnow.me/schools.

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Mark Your Calendar

Prevent Coalition events:


Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Thursday February 6th

9:30-11 am

ESD 112 Columbia Room

2500 NE 65th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661


Youth Empowerment Project - Youth Mental Health with Kris Henriksen

Tuesday February 18th

3:30-5 pm

ESD 112 Wahkiakum Room

2500 NE 65th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661


Make Your Training Sessions Soar: Instructional Design for Community Activists

Monday February 24th - Wednesday February 26th

8:30-4:30 pm each day

ESD 112 Conference Center

2500 NE 65th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661

$50 registration per person. Click here to register.


Teens Care Too Summit

Tuesday March 17th

9 am - 3 pm

Washington State University Vancouver

14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave

Registration coming soon.


Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Community events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:


2/3/20 - 2/6/20 CADCA Annual National Leadership Forum.


2/27/20 Industry Hiring Fair.from 5-7 pm at Washougal High School.


3/17/20 Teens Care Too Summit at WSU Vancouver from 9 am -3 pm.


3/18/20 Southwest Regional High School Art Show from 5-7 pm at ESD 112.


4/25/20 National Drug Take Back Day Events.


6/11/20 Annual Coalition Appreciation Picnic from 4:30-6:30 pm.


6/22/20 - 6/24/20 SW Regional CADCA Youth Leadership Institute.

Lewis & Clark College. Registration coming soon.

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Connection is the Best Prevention

Our mission is connecting and supporting communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance use. We envision a healthy, thriving community free of substance abuse.