Healthy Choices Bulletin

November 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 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.
In collaboration with the district's Discipline Coordinators Dana Riemer and Will Fernandez we have created a google folder with commonly used documents when responding to substance use discipline. Our goal is to support Administrators by having the Administrative Directive, fillable discipline letters and information about Insight in one place.

Discipline Resource Folder

November is Tobacco Prevention Month

This can be great time to share information and resources in parent emails, school newsletters, announcement screens/TVs, school apps, health class, etc.


The Substance Use Support Team has compiled these resources to share with your communities. Please copy, paste and share with your communities.

Resources for Families about Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Video about Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping

Short video from UCLA that does a great job explaining the addictive and dangerous properties of e-cigarettes and vaping. Great for grades 4th and up. Perfect compliment a lesson in health class.

OHSU Website on E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Great resource page that includes information about the dangers, why it is a youth epidemic and tips for parents on how to help prevent tobacco use of all kinds.

CDC Quick Facts

Great resources for staff and to share with families. Includes overview of e-cigarettes and vaping, information on big tobacco marketing tactics, and steps that parents can take to prevent e-cigarette use and vaping.

Surgeon General's Take Action Website for Families

This webpage offers resources and facts in English and Spanish for families along with specific clear steps to support students to be tobacco free.

Uncle E's 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

Free Resource for Parents of Middle School Students

Middle School Success Over Stress is a research project in Oregon offering free parenting support in English and Spanish to caregivers of children aged 10-14. Participants are compensated for their participation.

Request for Substance Use Supports

This is the form for PPS staff to request services for students or 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.