The Athena prevention newsletter - general prevention edition

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Upcoming events

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

HCA trainings and events

DBHR learning community meeting
January 22

Minerva training
January 28

DBHR learning community meeting
March 25

Coalition Leadership Institute pre-conference trainings - TBD
May 26

Coalition Leadership Institute
May 27 to 28

Community trainings and events

Mentor Washington new program welcome and orientation
January 10

Understanding the Family First Prevention Service Act: Implications for Tribal programs
January 13

Prevention Ethics
January 13-24

The power of showing up: A talk by best-selling author and speaker Dan Siegel, MD
January 14

Video gaming, online gambling, drugs or alcohol - The similarities, the differences and the brain connection
January 17

Prevention Policy Day
January 20

Please secure your oxygen masks! Signs of vicarious trauma and self care techniques
January 23

Impact Teen Drivers: facilitator train the trainer
January 24

MENTOR Washington trauma-informed practices training
January 24

How to build capacity - Step 2 of the Strategic Prevention Framework
January 28

Mental health and suicide prevention in rural America
January 28

The rise of methamphetamine and how implementing a coordinated prevention, treatment, and law enforcement response can make a difference
January 28

CADCA National Leadership Forum and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 16th Prevention Day
February 3-6
National Harbor, MD

Community trauma and child well-being: A deeper dive into the future of healing
February 11

2020 UNITY Midyear Conference
February 14-17
Tempe, AZ

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training: Virtual training of trainers
February 24-28


2020 Annual Synar Report now available 

The Synar Amendment requires states to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18. Each state is required to complete unannounced compliance checks of tobacco retailers and report the violation rate annually to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The legal smoking age in Washington changed to 21 on January 1.

The 2020 Annual Synar Rate for Washington was 12.2%.

For more information on tobacco prevention in Washington, visit The Athena Forum Prevention Priority Page - Tobacco.


Prevention Policy Day 2020, January 20

Join the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP), along with students and adults from across Washington State, for a day of advocacy, networking, and fun!

On January 20, the day begins with a rally at 11:00 am on the Washington State Capitol Building steps

Find more information and register online

2020 CADCA Annual Survey of Coalitions now open

CADCA's Annual Survey of Coalitions informs training and technical assistance needs, advocacy efforts, creation of national partnerships and broader community-based prevention research. The Annual Survey of Coalitions Fact Sheet allows coalition members to see the successes of their work, how their efforts align with coalitions across the country and where additional assistance is needed. 

All coalitions across the country can participate—you don't have to be a CADCA member. Your contribution is equally impactful whether your coalition is emerging or established.

To receive a personalized link to the survey, please send an email to or call 1-800-54-CADCA ext. 267.

New publications released by SAMHSA focused on pregnant women and young adults

SAMHSA has recently released the following publications:

  • 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.
  • Substance misuse prevention for young adults - This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.

New HCA staff

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Lauren Bendall, prevention system project manager

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Sabrina DiGennaro, prevention fellow

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Jennifer Giuntini, prevention system manager

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Rachel Oliver, prevention fellow

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Samantha Pangelinan, prevention fellow

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Grace Wilkowski, prevention fellow

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Isaac Wulff, prevention system manager

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