PW! Update 10-15-2019

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

PW! Update 10-15-2019


October is Resiliency Month!!! Proclamations have been made by Clallam County Commissioners, Port Angeles City Council and Sequim City Council!!



Friday October 18, 2019 in LaPush!!! Supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder can require unique and individualized supports. This course will provide an introduction to the diagnostic criteria based on the DSM-5 edition and explore how we can provide the best support possible for individuals living with Autism. It will look at specific strategies for supporting the individuals as well as the care providers.
Presenter: Dr. Edward Fischer who has worked 17 years with individuals with developmental disabilities and Autism. He works for the Developmental Disabilities Administration in Region 3 with the Regional Clinical Team. He is also associate faculty at two universities where he teaches clinical and forensic psychology and serves as dissertation chair and committee member. 
To register email: Link to Flyer

The United Ways Clallam Resilience Project and Mariposa House are hosting a Community Cafe- Building Community Wellness October 21, 2019 Concerned Citizens Teen Center 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

Save the Date!!! November 4, 2019 Training Network Leadership: How to collaborate for greater impact! Will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Red Cedar Hall Jamestown. This is presented through Washington NonProfits and wil have a cost of $25 per person. More information will be coming!

Save the Date!!! "Trickle Up Training" for Community Leaders to join United Way Board of Directors for a luncheon to learn about NEAR Science and the Clallam Resilience Project December 10, 2019, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Center. Please RSVP to 360-457-3011 or  More information will be coming!

  The 2019 Prevention Resource Guide is designed to help individuals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. This year's theme, "Strong and Thriving Families," aligns with the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development. It can be used along with the Protective Factors in Practice scenarios and the activity calendars to implement prevention strategies in your community. Access resource guides from previous years to learn how prevention strategies have changed over time.
Download a copy of the 2019 Prevention Resource Guide today. Below, find chapters related to child abuse and neglect prevention—including working with families and community partnerships-and tip sheets for caregivers.

CHAPTER 1:Strengthening Individuals, Families and Communities
Information about protective factors that help reduce child abuse and neglect, some established protective factors approaches, and how some State and local agencies are implementing protective factors approaches to create lasting change in how communities support families. (PDF - 228 KB)

CHAPTER 2: Working With Families Using the Protective-Factors
Detailed information about six protective factors for preventing child maltreatment and tips for infusing them into programs and direct practice with families and children. (PDF - 1017 KB) Also Available in Spanish (PDF - 1048 KB)

CHAPTER 3: Using Protective Factors as a Framework for Your Community Partnership
Strategies to help build community awareness and support the development of broad-based, meaningful community partnerships. (PDF - 668 KB)

CHAPTER 4: Protecting Children
Information about why child abuse occurs, risk factors, consequences, identifying and reporting maltreatment, and supporting parents and children with a history of trauma. (PDF - 189 KB)

CHAPTER 5: Tip Sheets for Parents and Caregivers
Strength-based tip sheets on specific parenting topics that can be used in discussions or visits with caregivers, and calendars of activities to help programs, parents, and community partners celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month. (PDF - 5010 KB)

CHAPTER 6: Resources

Contact information for private and Federal partners working nationally to strengthen families. (PDF - 62 KB)

Building trust is now a critical part of health care.
Trauma-informed practice in the medical profession requires different knowledge and a new set of skills. Specifically, it requires these three critical components:awareness of how trauma from childhood and adulthood plays out in an individual’s life, 
that the relationship between a doctor and her patient is key to what keeps a patient healthy, 
that it takes time for a relationship to develop.Dr. Edward Machtinger, the director of the Women’s HIV Program at the University of California at San Francisco, has seen clear evidence of how that trust has changed his day-to-day encounters with patients.
“The other day I had three patients in a row who openly discussed their crack cocaine use with me,” Machtinger says. “I see that as a huge victory and so exceptional, because crack cocaine use tends to be so stigmatized, because they’re ashamed, because nobody wants to be a crack cocaine addict. And there’s a ton of fear that we’ll punish them. We’ll take away their pain medicine, judge them and love them less, confirm their own shameful understanding of crack instead of seeing it as a way to cope, and a way to deal with impossibly difficult feelings that are a threat to them. The fact that there were three of them — and there are others — who were willing and felt safe enough to be open about their substance use, to me was an indication that we have changed the culture in our clinic significantly.”

Checking in on the Child Care Landscape 2019
Research tells us that quality early childhood education care provides a solid foundation for future success and has long term academic and social benefits for the child and society. The evidence is clear – children who participate in high-quality programs during their early years demonstrate lasting effects on IQ, boosted academic and economic achievement, and lower incidences of childhood obesity and chronic illness. Even so, every state has its own unique child care landscape. Child Care Aware® of America’s 2019 State Fact Sheets provide an overview of child care availability, quality rating systems, and other programs occurring at the state level. Data was gathered from federal and national sources and from our state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency networks and other state-level contacts surveyed in 2019. Please join us in spreading the word about child care facts in your state. 
Four Hundred Years Since Jamestown: An AJPH Dossier This special section marks an important but troubling anniversary in US history, the arrival in October 1619 of 20 unfree African laborers who were brought as indentured servants. By the 1660s indentured servants were displaced and numerically overwhelmed by African slaves, who over the next two centuries helped build the US economy through the institution of chattel slavery.

Two cases of Salmonella illness linked to pet turtle contact in Washington OLYMPIA – State health officials are working with local and federal public health partners to investigate a cluster of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet turtles. Washington has two cases in this multi-state outbreak, one each from Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Both people report contact with pet turtles, and one person was hospitalized.
“Salmonella can cause a serious or even life-threatening illness,” said Hanna Oltean, epidemiologist with the Department of Health. “People should know that reptiles and amphibians carry Salmonella, and they can best prevent getting and spreading the illness by learning safe pet handling techniques.”
This is not the first time Washington has had Salmonella illness linked to pet turtles. Reptiles like turtles, lizards, and snakes, and amphibians such as frogs can have Salmonella bacteria on their bodies, even when they are otherwise healthy and clean. The germs also get on the animal's tank and other items or surfaces the animal may have come in contact with.
Prevent salmonellosis by always washing your hands after handling reptiles and amphibians. Keep pets and their equipment out of your kitchen or anywhere food is prepared, served, or eaten. Clean reptile and amphibian habitats outside your home to avoid cross-contaminating surfaces.
Children are especially at risk of illness because they are less likely to wash their hands and have more frequent hand-to-mouth contact than adults. Children younger than 5, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe illness.
Call your health care provider, if you or your child has a high fever, severe diarrhea, or other symptoms that concern you.
You can read about safe handling of these pets on the Department of Health website.


First Step Family Support Center has two positions:
Part-Time Parent Educator: Parent Educator/ Parents as Teacher Job Description $16 per hour, Part Time (approximately 20 hours per week), paid sick & vacation, medical reimbursement Purpose: The Parent Educator is responsible for delivering all components of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) model using the PAT Foundational Curriculum, implementing the Essential Requirements and Quality Assurance Guidelines with fidelity, and collecting data requested by PAT National Center and program funders. This program will require the parent educator to attend a week long training that is out of town. This will include flying or driving to the training site
Admin and Facilities Assistant, Full Time.....  Please check website for info

Bibity Bobity preschool in Carlsborg is looking for someone to add to our staff. Position could be full or part time. Please message me or call Nicole 3604615571 for information on the position and requirements. 


The United Way of Clallam County and Prevention Works! Mini-Grant
This special grant is being made available to fund events in Clallam County to raise awareness, knowledge, and practices related to ACEs and N.E.A.R. sciences. A full description and application can be found at  Open until March 31, 2020 and will fund six to twelve mini-grants in the amount of $500 to $1,000. These funds will be available for non-profit organizations and Tribes throughout Clallam County with focus on West End and Sequim areas.  These funds have been identified to provide funding assistance to share community-wide educational programs focused on ACEs with professionals, parents, and care providers. 
Please consider applying for this grant we are actively seeking applications from Sequim, Crescent, Forks, Clallam Bay​ and Tribal applications.
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