PW! Update 1-22-19

Prevention Works!
Prevention Works!

Mission: Prevention Works! is a community coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County.
PW! Update: January 22, 2019

Annual Meeting Presentation Available
Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for the wonderful presentation by Clallam County Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry Unthank, MD MPH.  A big thank you as well to Dr. Unthank for coming and for allowing us to make her presentation available to all of you.  The full powerpoint, complete with graphs, maps, and bibliography is on our website (click on the link above).  The presentation includes information on infant mortality, substance abuse, and youth mental health/ACES.  Please take a few minutes to review this important information.

Sequim Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Thursdays, January 17 – April 4, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Sequim Boys and Girls Club
Families are encouraged to come and have fun with their children, interact with other families, and learn & share to enhance to their bond with family and community.  Stories, snacks, crafts, circle time, and supportive discussions make this a great, free programs for all families with children 0-5 years old.  Contact Kaylee Cammack at 360-460-3257 or with questions.

"Resilience" Screening
Friday, February 1, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Roosevelt Elementary, Port Angeles
All are invited to join staff from Roosevelt Elementary for a special viewing the documentary “Resilience.”  The film provides information on the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the movement to prevent and treat toxic stress.  Professionally supported breakout groups will convene following the showing to address topics and discuss questions.  If you haven’t seen this film yet, we strongly encourage you to attend.  A free family dinner will be provided from 5:30 – 6:00, and childcare will be available during the movie.  For RSVP for Childcare and/or Dinner to .  You can also click on the link above for the flyer/RSVP form. 

The Future of Healthier Washington
Thursday, February 14, Noon – 1:00 pm
The first webinar in the 2019 Healthier Washington Quarterly Webinar series will explore the future of Healthier Washington, as the initiative moves into a new phase.  Healthier Washington's State Innovation Model (SIM) grant ends on January 31. This four-year, federal grant sparked the creation of the multi-sector, multi-agency Healthier Washington initiative.  Healthier Washington remains focused on care that supports the whole person; a payment system that rewards value rather than volume, and supports providers to succeed; and a collaborative, regional, and community-based approach.  A question and answer period will follow the presentation.  Click on the link above to register.


Child Care Options Task Force – Survey Still Open
The short survey created by our Child Care Options Task Force is  still open.  Please take a couple of minutes and click on the link above to take the survey if you haven't done so already.  Your input will help identify the biggest barriers to quality childcare for all who need it in Clallam County.  If you are interested in joining this new task force, please email us.  The next meeting is later this month.

Want to Grow the Economy?  Fix the Child Care Crisis.
This new study by ReadyNation estimates the economic impacts of the childcare crisis to be an annual cost of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue.  Families with inadequate childcare reported less time at work, less productive work hours, and diminished career opportunities.  Researchers interviewed parents and reviewed economic data to arrive at their conclusions.  You can read access this report as well as the accompanying technical report with more information on their survey methods and data by clicking the link above.

Invest in Proven Prevention Programs to Stem Addiction Epidemic
This opinion piece from the Seattle Times helps explains how prevention programs targeted at families and children can help prevent addiction.  The article includes links to research showing “engaged and empowered communities are key to successfully implementing effective prevention programs.”  Federal funding to treat drug abuse more than doubled from 2008-2017 to just under $15 billion, but “barely 10 percent of these funds are spent for early prevention.”  The authors argue that communities must increase their investment in prevention before addiction develops.


Great Beginings Early Learning Initiative
Applications are due Thursday, January 31.

Housing Trust Fund
The Washington Department of Commerce is soliciting State 1 Applications for the 2019 and 2020 Housing Trust Fund funding rounds.  Stage 1 applications will not be scored or used to make funding decisions, but rather to make a list to identify possible projects for funding.  The list will be made public and shared with the Legislature and other public funding partners.  Applicants are encouraged to focus on serving target populations that include homeless families, youth, and veterans; people with chronic mental illness; people with disabilities; other low-income and/or special needs groups; or homeownership.  Due date: Wednesday, February 20.
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