PW! Update 6-1-18
PW! Update 6-1-18
Dear Visitor,Raising Legal Age for Tobacco and Vaping Products
In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen newspaper articles in Port Angeles and Sequim about a meeting between Clallam County commissioners and Port Angeles City Council members to “explore raising the legal age for selling tobacco and vaping products from the state-mandated 18 to a countywide-specific 21.” This is more complicated than it sounds, so we thought we'd share some information to help. One of the biggest challenges to this change is the issue of preemption. The Centers for Disease Control has a Preemption Fact Sheet that specifically discusses local tobacco ordinances. It defines preemption as when a “state prevents local authorities from passing laws that differ from or are stricter than the state law." Washington has preemption laws. There is an initiative, Washington 21, which advocates for changing the state law and has fact sheets supporting this change. For more information about preemption and public health, visit this article by the Public Health Law Center. We encourage anyone interested in this topic to check out all the links above. (Thank you to Jenny Oppelt for some of these helpful links.)
Calendar – Trainings, Events, Parenting Classes
Finding Truth Among the Vapors
Monday, June 4, 6:00 pm – Community Event
Friday, June 8, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Train the Trainer Workshop, Registration Required
Arti Patel from the Washington Poison Center will discuss the basics of e-cigarettes/vaping and marijuana, marketing and advertising from the industry, and current research. Please feel free to print and share the event flyer. The Train-the-trainer workshop will equip community coalitions with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to provide educational presentations on e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping to others throughout the community. Registration is required.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): A discussion with Dr. Ann Bruce for the people who put the T in MAT
Wednesday, June 6, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Port Angeles
Clallam County Health & Human Services and Peninsula Community Health Services are sponsoring this training for mental health and substance use disorder professionals. Space is limited; see the flyer for registration information.
Incredible Years Pre-School Program Parenting Class
Every Tuesday, June 5 - October 2, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Family Healing Center, Port Angeles
FREE childcare and dinner are provided during this parenting class. Participants will learn how to promote positive behaviors and develop social/emotional skills in their children. Registration is required. See the flyer for more information.
Summer Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Schedule for Chimuacum, Brinnon, and Port Hadlock
First Step has posted their summer flyers for the Kaleidoscope Play & Learn programs in Chimacum, Brinnon, and Port Hadlock. Parents and children come together to hear stories, have snacks, do crafts, and participate in circle time and supportive discussions. Click the link above to download the brochures from the First Step website.
Access / Clinical Assessor - Client Services (Child Check Screener), LCSNW, Forks
Lutheran Community Services Northwest has a part-time opening for the right candidate to screen children ages 18 months to 5 years living in Clallam County for social, emotional, behavioral and developmental issues. For more information and to apply, click on the link above and scroll down the job openings until you see the Forks position.
Preschool Teacher, Crescent Cooperative Preschool, Joyce
This position is a shared team teaching position for two days a week. Teachers will provide a developmentally appropriate environment and activities to promote the child’s optimal physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. They are seeking an early childhood professional with a minimum two year degree in child development, or early childhood education, as well as teaching experience with preschool age children. To apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for references to Crescentcooperativepreschool@gmail.com
Infant Case Management/Community Health Worker/Drop-In Coordinator - First Step, Port Angeles
This position will be part of the MSS/ICM team actively supporting women to encourage a healthy pregnancy, healthy birth, and provide advocacy and information services for parents with new babies through office and home visiting. The Drop-In Coordinator will staff our Drop-In Center which provides a safe place for families to receive resources including information and referrals, a children’s play area, emergency diapers and formula and many other resources.
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program - SAMHSA
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program. Due Date: June 29.
The Redwoods Group offers grants to projects and programs that make young people safer. Particular target areas include aquatic safety, child sexual abuse prevention, employee safety, and emergency preparedness. Sample projects include offering swim lessons to underserved populations, protecting children from sexual abuse, increasing employee safety at organizations that serve youth, and improving bullying prevention curriculum in schools. Particular preference is given to applicants that specifically support children who face highest risk, such as those in low-income communities.
Heatlhy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Promote Health and Well Being Among Children
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is looking for research on actions and strategies that will help improve children’s physical, social, and emotional development through the consumption of healthy foods and beverages. Proposals for studies that promote health equity and address disparities, such as high rates of overweight and obesity experienced by children from low-income rural and urban communities and racial and ethnic minority populations, will be prioritized. Up to $2.6 million will be awarded in two separate categories. Concept papers are due July 18.
News / Research
The Building Blocks of Learning
This New York Times Opinion, by David Brooks, provides more evidence in support of social and emotional learning (aka life skills or "noncognitive skills"). He highlights research and a new book that support the idea that "we’ve put enormous effort into improving the academic piece of schooling, but progress has been nil because the students’ emotional foundation has been collapsing under our feet. The schools are better than they were, but the gap between the rich and the poor is just as great as it was 20 years ago because the emotional environment is worse."
This Program is Proven to Help Moms and Babies, So Why Aren't We Investing In It More?
This article supports home visiting programs, provides research supporting its effectiveness, and discusses current funding levels for the program nationally. It also highlights the success of one county that provided not only home visiting, but also free parenting and childbirth classes for parents, breastfeeding support, mental health counseling and free play groups.
Unstable, Unsafe Housing Harms Children's Brain Development
This is another great article addressing the effects of toxic stress (Adverse Childhood Experiences) on children and adults. The article contains links to research on the topic of housing and toxic stress, and points out that “not having stable, quality housing makes it difficult to begin addressing other issues."
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