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Mountain Plains PTTC

University of Utah
1721 Campus Center Drive, SAEC 3220
Salt Lake City,
UT
84112
HHS Region 8
CO, MT, ND, SD, WY, UT
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The Mountain Plains Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) is a partnership between the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and the School of Dentistry at the University of Utah.  Our mission is to strengthen the workforce pipeline for pre-professionals and professionals in the substance misuse prevention and health care fields by delivering evidence-based Trainings and Technical Assistance (TA) in the six-states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) comprising Region 8. 

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From the Mountain Plains PTTC
May. 23, 2024
We are excited to announce South Dakota's third annual suicide prevention conference. During this conference, you will learn about the impactful suicide prevention work in the state. To learn more and to register, click here
Apr. 22, 2024
Join virtually or in personApril 30 & May 1, 2024for the 2nd annual youth-led policy event Policy Presentations from: Register here For questions, email Theo Schwartz at [email protected]

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3-Part Webinar Series: An Update on Adolescent Vaping Prevention: Prevalence, Adverse Behavioral Health Effects, and Prevention Practices Series Information    Part 3: Vaping Prevention and Interventions in Schools March 5, 2024   Presented by: Aaron Fischer, Ph.D., Professor, Region 8 PTTC Evaluator, University of Utah   The presenter will review challenges facing schools as well as provide an overview of existing interventions for schools. The presenter will also provide an overview of current research regarding vaping interventions in school settings. After this webinar, participants will be able to: - Develop effective strategies for resisting peer pressure and making informed choices: Participants will learn practical techniques for resisting peer pressure to vape, including assertive communication, refusal skills, and identifying supportive peer groups. They will also gain insight into the importance of making informed decisions about their health and well-being. - Explore comprehensive school-based prevention approaches: Participants will explore the components of comprehensive school-based prevention programs aimed at addressing vaping among students. This includes understanding the role of education, policy development, enforcement, and community involvement in creating a supportive environment that discourages vaping. - Identify resources and support systems available for vaping prevention: Participants will become familiar with resources and support systems available within their school and community to prevent vaping. This includes school counselors, health educators, cessation programs, and peer support groups. They will learn how to access these resources and utilize them effectively to promote a vape-free environment.   Webinar Resource: PowerPoint slides LINK Webinar Recording LINK 
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3-Part Webinar Series: An Update on Adolescent Vaping Prevention: Prevalence, Adverse Behavioral Health Effects, and Prevention Practices Series Information    Part 2: Vaping and Adolescent Behavioral Health: Understanding the Relationship Between the Two February 27, 2024   Presented by: Dr. Michael Chaiton, Senior Scientist, Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Institute for Mental Health Policy Research; Director of Research, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit; Associate Professor affiliated with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute for Medical Sciences, University of Toronto.   The presenter will explore the evidence behind the relationship between nicotine and behavioral health. Nicotine use is strongly correlated with behavioral health conditions such as depression, among both adults and adolescents. Participants will gain an understanding of the link between vaping and adolescent behavioral health. After this webinar, participants will be able to: Understand the relationship between nicotine (including vaping) and adolescent behavioral health Identify the reasons why individuals with mental health conditions have higher rates of nicotine smoking (nicotine as self-medication, nicotine as cause of mental health issues, or whether there is a social common cause) Understand that quitting nicotine or preventing its initiation can improve mental health in adolescents   Webinar Resource: PowerPoint slides LINK Webinar Recording LINK 
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3-Part Webinar Series: An Update on Adolescent Vaping Prevention: Prevalence, Adverse Behavioral Health Effects, and Prevention Practices Series Information    Part 1: Adolescent Vaping: Prevalence, Why, and What? February 13, 2024   Presented by: Jason Burrow-Sanchez, Ph.D., Professor, Region 8 PTTC Director, University of Utah   The presenter will review current adolescent prevalence for vaping, what they are vaping, and potential reasons why they are vaping. Presentation will also include relevant information on risk/protective factors and adolescent brain development in the context of vaping.   After this webinar, participants will be able to: Identify current prevalence rates for adolescent vaping Learn what adolescents are currently vaping such as nicotine, cannabis, and popular flavors Identify potential reasons adolescents are vaping based on the research literature   Webinar Resource: PowerPoint slides LINK Webinar Recording LINK   
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