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Northwest PTTC

Social Development Research Group University of Washington
9725 3rd Ave NE, Suite 401
Seattle,
WA
98115
HHS Region 10
WA, AK, ID, OR
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The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) at University of Washington (UW) will lead SAMHSA's Region 10 Northwest (NW) Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) in partnership with Washington State University (WSU), and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). NW PTTC partnering institutes share a vision to expand the impact of community activated prevention by equipping the prevention workforce with the power of prevention science. Every year, communities in Region 10 lose millions of dollars and thousands of bright futures to alcohol, cannabis, opioid misuse, violence and crime. The NW PTTC will serve as a primary training and technical assistance (TTA) resource to Region 10 by leveraging the knowledge of prevention science with the application of community capacity-building, workforce development, and expertise in knowledge transfer mechanisms.

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From the Northwest PTTC
Apr. 08, 2022
The Alcohol Action Network (AAN) is a project of the American Public Health Association and is a nationwide network of alcohol prevention practitioners and researchers engaging in alcohol policy issues in their states or local communities. AAN was initially established to address the shifting alcohol policy landscape at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and […]
Oct. 22, 2021
This series will focus on the importance of narrative in advocating for prevention, integrating issues of race and equity in comprehensive planning using the strategic prevention framework, and focusing on using the power of culture to promote wellness.  These sessions will be followed by a conversation about how folx are more intentionally integrating race, equity, […]
Mar. 31, 2021
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. This week (April 11-17), our focus is alcohol’s role in the opioid epidemic. Just this year, CDC’s Alcohol Program released a study showing that binge drinking is strongly associated with the use of other substances. To raise awareness about alcohol-related harms and the importance of alcohol policy safeguards, we […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Northwest PTTC
Webinar/Virtual Training
Prevention Across the Lifespan Webinar 1: Substance Use Prevention Among Young Adults Webinar Series Description In our prevention efforts, we most often focus on children and youth. However, prevention is important across the entire lifespan.  In this 3-part series, participants will learn about substance use among young adults, mid-life adults, and older adults. Participants will also learn about preventive strategies that can be used with the adult population. Each of the three 90-minute webinars will focus on a different age group. Participants can register for the entire series, or for single webinars. Each webinar will consist of a one-hour presentation, followed by a Q&A session. In Webinar 1, we will focus on young adults with Dr. Kilmer.   Date & Time Thursday, April 11, 2024 09:30 am – 11:00 am Alaska 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Pacific 11:30 am – 01:00 pm Mountain (View in your time zone) Audience Prevention practitioners, allied health partners and community members working to prevent substance misuse in tribes, communities, and states in HHS Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).   Presenter Jason Kilmer, PhD Dr. Jason Kilmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. The focus of Dr. Kilmer's research has primarily been the development, implementation, and evaluation of brief interventions and prevention efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms among college students and other young adults.         Registration Register for Webinar 1: Substance Use Prevention Among Young Adults Register for Webinar 2: Strategies for Preventing Substance Misuse in Older Adults Register for Webinar 3: Substance Use Prevention Among Mid-Life Adults   COST: FREE!   Continuing Education Participants will receive a certificate of attendance of 1.5 hours for completion of this live webinar event.   Questions Please contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration.  For any other questions, please contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]).
Webinar/Virtual Training
Prevention Spotlight: Prevention Certification Technical Assistance Opportunities Webinar Description: Join us to learn about the upcoming technical assistance (TA) drop-in office hours to help you obtain your Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) credential! These are geared for individuals seeking their Prevention Certification in Region 10, who desire some coaching to meet the three E’s of Certification: Education, Experience, and the beloved Exam! These drop-in times will be a priority for Northwest PTTC to support folks who have not started the certification process or are almost completed. What do these drop-in sessions offer? We will create a full or partial training plan together based on your educational and experiential background in prevention / related fields Alicia will help you identify how your prevention and related experience fits into the required 2,000 hours for the CPP Together we will break down the CPP application packet and you will receive technical assistance in filling this out You will receive some coaching around the CPP exam and if available, join a CPP study group Other tailored approaches as needed / requested   Webinar Objectives: In this webinar, participants will: Learn about the Region 10 CPP Certification processes. Learn some tips and tricks for completing your CPP application packet. Learn about the upcoming technical assistance (TA) drop-in hours and tailored TA that is available.   Date & Time: Monday, April 15, 2024 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Alaska 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pacific 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mountain (View in your time zone)   Audience: Individuals seeking their Prevention Certification in Region 10, who desire coaching to meet the three E’s of Certification: Education, Experience, and the beloved Exam, as well as Prevention practitioners, allied health partners and community members working to prevent substance misuse in tribes, communities, and states in HHS Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). Presenter: Alicia Hughes, MA, CPP Alicia Hughes is a Washington State Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) and has been working in the prevention field since the 2010s. Starting in California, she supported individuals with technical assistance and training to obtain their state certifications in addiction counseling. Over the past six years, Alicia has led the Washington State substance use disorder prevention workforce system, assisting with implementing trainings, creating guidance documents for the field, leading the WA State Fellowship Program, and more. Alicia is passionate about supporting our Region’s workforce and the prevention/promotion system as a whole.   Registration: Click here to register for the webinar: Prevention Spotlight: Prevention Certification Technical Assistance Opportunities   COST: FREE!   Continuing Education: Participants will receive a certificate of attendance of 1 hour for completion of this live webinar event.   Questions: Please contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration.  For any other questions, please contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]).
Webinar/Virtual Training
Prevention Across the Lifespan Webinar 3: Substance Use Prevention Among Mid-Life Adults Webinar Series Description In our prevention efforts, we most often focus on children and youth. However, prevention is important across the entire lifespan.  In this 3-part series, participants will learn about substance use among young adults, mid-life adults, and older adults. Participants will also learn about preventive strategies that can be used with the adult population. Each of the three 90-minute webinars will focus on a different age group. Participants can register for the entire series, or for single webinars. Each webinar will consist of a one-hour presentation, followed by a Q&A session. Dr. Kilmer will focus on young adults; Mr. Klevgaard on older adults; and Drs. Epstein and Halvorson on mid-life adults.   Webinar Description In this 90-minute webinar, Dr. Epstein and Dr. Halvorson will share their perspective on Substance Use Prevention Among Midlife Adults. They will share new, preliminary findings from their study, Health and Functioning in New Midlife Adults. Participants will learn about substance use – especially alcohol – during midlife, how it interplays with family and life structure (individuals living alone, actively raising children, marital status, etc.), and how both affect their health and wellbeing. We will also discuss what prevention for this age group might look like and clinical implications for future health. A one-hour presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Webinar Objectives In this webinar, participants will: Learn about substance use during midlife and how it affects health during this life period. Other relevant factors during this age group will be introduced and linked to prevention.   Date & Time Thursday, May 9, 2024 09:30 am – 11:00 am Alaska 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Pacific 11:30 am – 01:00 pm Mountain (View in your time zone) Audience Prevention practitioners, allied health partners and community members working to prevent substance misuse in tribes, communities, and states in HHS Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).   Presenters Marina Epstein, PhD Marina Epstein, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a study examining health and functioning in midlife adults in a longitudinal panel of participants that have been followed since they were ten years old, and are now in their late forties. She also leads a study examining e-cigarette use among adolescents, young adults and adults across two generations.       Max Halvorson, PhD Max Halvorson, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington. He is an Investigator on a study examining health and functioning in midlife adults, and has conducted research examining risk and protective factors for alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, and opioid use across the lifespan. Max is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adults with drug and alcohol problems at the Puget Sound VA's Addiction Treatment Center.       Registration Register for Webinar 1: Substance Use Prevention Among Young Adults Register for Webinar 2: Strategies for Preventing Substance Misuse in Older Adults Register for Webinar 3: Substance Use Prevention Among Mid-Life Adults   COST: FREE!   Continuing Education Participants will receive a certificate of attendance of 1.5 hours for completion of this live webinar event.   Questions Please contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration.  For any other questions, please contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]).

Products & Resources

Developed by the Northwest PTTC
Multimedia, Presentation Slides
Alcohol and Social Injustice: The Untold Story March 26, 2024   Webinar Description This webinar seeks to change the narrative about how we think about alcohol and alcohol policies in our society. We have been systematically lied to about alcohol’s role, both historically and in the present. Alcohol industry marketing creates a “wallpaper” that both covers up the tragedies and obscures the inequities in the consequences of alcohol use in the present day. Beginning with key historical vignettes, the presentation then jumps forward in time to alcohol and the alcohol industry’s impact on health, safety and inequities today, and how we can use evidence-based alcohol policies to address this.   Webinar Objectives In this webinar, participants will: Explore how inequity is infused in the history of alcohol policy, both globally and in the USA. Describe inequities in alcohol-related harms. Explore alcohol’s role in various types of violence. Describe how alcohol companies perpetuate and support inequities and social injustice, at national and local levels. Examine evidence-based alcohol policies that alleviate inequity and address social justice issues.   Webinar Recording and Slides Alcohol and Social Injustice: The Untold Story - Recording Alcohol and Social Injustice: The Untold Story - Slide Deck (PDF)   Presenters David Jernigan, PhD David Jernigan, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management and Assistant Dean for Practice at the Boston University School of Public Health. He has written and worked on alcohol policy for more than 35 years, at local, state, national and global levels. He has written more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and contributed chapters to seven books on alcohol issues, as well as two chapters on cannabis policy. He has also authored or co-authored pioneering works on alcohol, young people and health worldwide and in less-resourced countries, and on cannabis policy and public health.   Questions Contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.
Multimedia, Presentation Slides
Opioids, Fentanyl, and Xylazine: What are they and what do prevention professionals need to know and do to prevent overdose? March 25, 2024   Webinar Description The opioid misuse epidemic continues to affect youth and families throughout the Pacific Northwest region. As prevention practitioners, it is important to stay up to date on the latest research-based information related to this critical public health problem. The goal of this session is to provide prevention professionals with knowledge about opioids, fentanyl, and xylazine, including what are they and how they are similar and different. We will also focus on debunking common myths about occupational fentanyl exposure, naloxone safety, the use of medications for opioid use disorder in adolescents, and discuss the role prevention professionals can and should play in preventing drug overdose.   Webinar Objectives In this webinar, participants will: Understand what illicitly manufactured fentanyl is and how it compares to other opioids. Describe what Xylazine is and how it is used in illicit substances. Recognize current drug use trends in the Northwest region. Debunk common myths around occupational fentanyl exposure, naloxone safety, and the use of medications for opioid use disorder in adolescents.   Webinar Recording and Slides Opioids, Fentanyl, and Xylazine: What are they and what do prevention professionals need to know and do to prevent overdose? - Recording Opioids, Fentanyl, and Xylazine: What are they and what do prevention professionals need to know and do to prevent overdose? - Slide Deck (PDF)   Additional Resources Webinar Questions and Answers   Presenters Nicole Rodin, PharmD, MBA Nicole Rodin, PharmD, MBA is an Assistant Professor at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her research focuses on public health efforts for pharmacy and research to understand preventative and treatment interventions for substance use disorders. Dr. Rodin is currently practicing at the WSU Research clinic where she acts as a clinical lead for patients that are in clinical trials finding novel ways to treat substance use disorders. Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute and the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Ahrens’ research focuses on intervention development, design, and testing interventions to promote resilience and reduce risk among adolescent and young adult populations. In addition to her academic roles, Dr. Ahrens is Medical Director of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families Juvenile Rehabilitation system.   Questions Contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.
Toolkit
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. To raise awareness about alcohol-related harms and the importance of alcohol policy safeguards, we have launched the Alcohol Awareness Toolkit: #ProofIsInTheNumbers. The Alcohol Awareness Toolkit seeks to do the following during the month of April: Raise awareness about alcohol-related harms and the importance of strong alcohol policies using memes, and Encourage engagement from prevention and public health stakeholders to strategically educate and inform decision makers about effective alcohol policies by providing easy-to-personalize, templated opinion editorials, letters to legislators and proclamations.   The Northwest PTTC is excited to bring these resources to communities in Region 10 and throughout the rest of the PTTC Network. We encourage our prevention partners to use the materials to raise awareness around the weekly themes to observe April as National Alcohol Awareness Month.   View the other resources available in this toolkit.
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