The Athena prevention newsletter - general prevention edition

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In this issue

Upcoming events

For more information and to post your own event, visit The Athena Forum Calendar.

HCA trainings and events

Minerva technical assistance call
December 11

DBHR learning community meeting
January 22

Community trainings and events

Vaping Prevention Symposium
November 21

Visually communicating public health data
November 21

Are you culturally responsive to your mentees needs?
December 3 and 6

How harm reduction fits into the SBIRT model
December 4

Seal it, lock it, hide it! An overview of Washington's need for safer medication storage methods
December 4

What substance use disorder professionals should know about medical marijuana
December 4

Clearing the air about vaping: A parent education night
December 9
Walla Walla

Prevention ethics
January 13-24


Prevention Summit logo

2019 Prevention Summit evaluation survey

Thank you to those who attended this year's Prevention Summit!

You should have received an e-mail with a link to the conference evaluation. If you did not receive an e-mail, check your spam and junk folders, or reach out to You will receive your attendance certificate once the evaluation is complete. Thank you in advance for your feedback! 

Interested in helping to plan future Prevention Summits? Join the 2020 Prevention Summit Planning Committee by e-mailing Angie Funaiole at

Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) student focus group recruitment

The HYS Planning Committee needs your help recruiting students to provide feedback on new HYS questions.

  • Who: 10 students in grades 8, 10 and 12 in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane, Centralia and Mt. Vernon/Skagit Valley. 
  • What: To hold focus groups of diverse students to provide feedback on HYS questions. Students will be given $20 gift cards. 
  • When: Between December 9 and 20.
  • Where: To be held in your community.
  • Why: To gather feedback directly from students. This feedback is critical to ensuring accurate responses. 

If interested, please contact Gwen Grams at or at (360) 725-5259 by November 22.

Washington's Best Practices for Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Guides now available online

Toolkit folders

This resource guide (or "Toolkit") was created to provide prevention coalitions, community-based organizations, schools, tribes, and other prevention partners with information and tools to achieve the best possible outcomes for youth and families.

We are excited to announce that the Toolkit documents are now digitally featured on The Athena Forum.

New courses available on OWL E-Learning

Athena OWL

The following new courses are now available on OWL E-Learning. Many have CEUs available.

  • NEW and IMPROVED Minerva Trainings
  • Strategic Prevention Framework modules on Assessment, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
  • Dental Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain Management

Still need access to OWL E-Learning? Follow the directions on The Athena Forum to request an account.

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launches e-cigarette and vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) outreach and education resources

DOH is leveraging existing communication channels to inform the public about the risks of using e-cigarettes and vapor products.

DOH has updated existing marijuana prevention and education websites for each of our audiences (You Can, Know This About Cannabis, Start Talking Now, and Not A Moment Wasted) with information about the outbreak, the harms associated with vaping, and the quit resources available. To reach youth and young adult audiences specifically, DOH developed social media content, language for school newsletters, and a blog addressing frequently asked questions about vaping.

DOH will launch video ads for Facebook and Instagram and radio ads for Pandora and Spotify with an important message about avoiding vaping from State Health Officer, Dr. Kathy Lofy. The radio ad for adults over 21 was recorded in English and Spanish. 

These materials are available for you to use in your communities and can be found in the following toolkits:

  • You Can 
    • Password: Prevention&Education
    • Materials: Facebook posts, 30-second video and 30-second radio ad
  • Not A Moment Wasted Toolkit 
    • Password: HealthyinCollegeWA
    • Materials: Facebook posts, 30-second video and 30-second radio ad
  • Know This About Cannabis
    • No password needed
    • Materials: 30-second video and 30-second radio ads in English and Spanish

Questions? Contact Kristen Haley at

Funding opportunities

Current HCA grants

  • No current funding opportunities

Other funding opportunities

Job openings

Check out existing job openings in the field or post your own at The Athena Forum