PW! Update 2-6-19

Prevention Works!
Prevention Works!

Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County

PW! Prevention Update 2-6-19

Happy National School Counseling Week!  On behalf of Prevention Works! –
Thank You to all of the amazing school counselors in Clallam County for the important work you do.


Webinar: Promoting Connectedness for Youth Through Social Networks
Friday, February 22, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sponsored by: Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention
The email link for this event in last week's update did not work.  Please click above if you are interested in this training.

NCC Convening - Clallam County
Monday, February 25, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Red Cedar Hall, Jamestown S’Klallam, Sequim
Sponsored by: Olympic Communities of Health
This is an opportunity to collaborate and connect with others, while getting the latest information on the Medicaid Transformation Project (MTP) from OCH.  They will provide an update of transformation activities taking place in our Natural Community of Care and the Olympic region, review the latest data, and continue to develop partnerships and collaboration between physical/behavioral health providers and community-based organizations/social services.  Click the link above to RSVP.  Meetings will also be held in
Kitsap County and Jefferson County.

Transyouth Care Symposium
Friday & Saturday, March 1-2
Everett Community College, Everett
If you're a provider who seeks to offer competent and sensitive medical and mental health care for gender non-conforming young people, consider attending the Transyouth Care Symposium.  This is a two-day continuing education training, led by professionals.  Parents and professionals are welcome.  CEUs and CMEs are available. Click on the link above to register and find out more.  Register by February 14.

2019 Leadership Conference: “Collaborating for Community Change”
Thursday, March 7, 9:00 am – 3;00 pm
Vern Burton Community Center, Port Angeles
Sponsored by: Olympic Peninsula Nonprofit Alliance
Profound, systemic community change calls for deep collaboration, and not just between nonprofit organizations themselves. It takes a community to effect meaningful change and it’s never been more important to emphasize the value of collaboration between nonprofits, city and county governments, local businesses, and community members.  Speakers include Marty Kooistra, head of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County; Sarah Spaeth, Director of Conservation and Strategic Partnerships at Jefferson Land Trust; and Dr. Monica Dixon, co-founder and past president of the Olympic Peninsula Healthy Communities Coalition (OPHCC).  Register by February 15 for a discount.

25th Annual Early Childhood Conference: Nurturing the Math Instinct: Mathematics from Birth to 5
Saturday, March 9, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Peninsula College, Port Angeles
Sponsored by: Olympic Peninsula Chapter of WAEYC
Come learn some great information, network, shop, eat, and receive 5.5 STARS or Clock Hours.  Presenter Daniel Kinkel from will present on how to nurture math skills in young children through play.  We'll review some of the science on the power of play and explore ways we can play with mathematics, and how to create opportunities for students to play too. In particular, we will explore how building the right environments and being willing to play yourself can create a vibrant culture of mathematical thinking.  Email for a conference brochure.  The first 75 participants to register before February 28 will receive a complimentary Dot Box game.

Guiding Good Choices Facilitator Training - New Date Added
New Dates: Wednesday-Friday, May 29-31, Bremerton
Sponsored by: Washington State University Extension
The March Guiding Good Choices Facilitator Training is full, so WSU added another date in May!  Guiding Good Choices is an evidence-based model for parent education about prevention and wellness for families of youth aged 12-14.  The March date is already full, and the first May date is filling up quickly, so get your spot reserved.  Free.


Among Preschoolers, Bullies Who Get Bullied are at High Risk for Depression
This article summarizes findings from new research published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly that finds children who are both emotional bullies and bullied emotionally by peers in preschool begin to develop depression-like symptoms.  “Depression in early childhood increases the risk of depression in later childhood, which predicts depression in adolescence.”  You can also read the full research article:  Peer victimization, aggression, and depression symptoms in preschoolers

Creative Communities Are Addressing Social Isolation
Studies show that those who lack meaningful social connections have greater chances of facing anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, and even a shorter life expectancy.  To ease the burdens of social isolation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded six new projects that are being adapted from overseas to help address the adverse health effects and feelings of loneliness in America.  One of them is focused on bringing “winter-friendly” activities to public spaces, which reminds us of the ice rink in Port Angeles earlier this year.  Well done!

The City With No Homeless on Its Streets
This BBC article describes Helsinki, Finland’s “Housing First” principle, which prioritizes getting people in safe and stable housing as soon as possible. “ Under Housing First, the offer of a home is unconditional.  Even if someone is taking drugs or abusing alcohol they still get to stay in the house or flat, so long as they are interacting with support workers.”


Children’s Initiative – Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation
The goal of the Children’s Initiative is to support direct service programs that create and promote stability, resilience, and healing in children who have witnessed domestic violence.  Stage 1 Applications due March 1.

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