PW! Update 12-15-2020

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Prevention Works!
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Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County
PW! Update 12-15-2020





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Prevention Works! Webpage:

Program Coordinator Laura Brogden:

PW! Update Manager: Tracey Hosselkus

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The Little Free Pantries..... sites are growing!!!

They are open to anyone and everyone, please take what you need and leave what you can. Attached water jug to refill bottles and fresh clean drinking water.  Where can you find a Little Free Pantry near you?

Port Angeles:
--4th and Cherry St (against a white picket fence on the west side of the road)
--Outside Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (301 E Lopez Ave, in the southeast corner of the parking lot shared with the NOLS Library)
--Outside Lutheran Family Services (2634 S. Francis St)
1140 W 9th St (the southeast corner of 9th and E Streets)
--Outside of CHI Student Housing at 1134 E Park Ave
--254 N. Bagley Creek Rd (in east PA, north of intersection with 101).

Sequim: The Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Little Free Pantry is located at 1033 N Barr Rd, in Agnew (south of the junction with Old Olympic Highway, right next to their Little Free Library)

Beaver: at the corners of Pleasant Lake Rd and Taylor St, behind the Beaver General Store.

Forks: in the side parking lot of the Mariposa House at 81 2nd Ave.

Hoh: at 92 Chalaat Loop in the Hoh Nation.

Special thank you to all who have helped set these up!!



Friday December 18, 2020 7 p.m. via Zoom Third Friday Social Hour

Come spend an hour with parents and family caregivers of individuals with special needs. They understand what's going on during this crazy year!
Parent to Parent offers emotional support, laughter, and needed resources. You may have the answer another parent needs.

Grab your favorite beverage! Talk, listen, your choice.

Just 1 click away...

Meeting ID: 829 9700 5605         Passcode: 911645

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“When children solve new problems, they exercise their brains. Brains need exercise, just like the rest of our bodies.” Dr. Philip Zelazo Vroom Advisor

Why brain building with your child matters so much

Your child’s brain grows the fastest from birth through age 5! Helping them learn now gets them ready for school, friends, and life. will take you to the website. Vroom is free!!!  They will send you weekly or daily ideas to help build your child's brain!!!



United Way of Clallam County has a wonderful newsletter you can sign up to receive yours here:

FILL YOUR CUP with us this fall at an informal, drop-in listening circle hosted by the Clallam Resilience Project. This time is less about acquiring new information, and more about taking time to pause and find connection with ourselves and others. There is no preparation required, and no commitment to attend.

These sessions are from 1-2pm every Thursday. Click here to join!

United Way of Clallam County has a wonderful newsletter you can sign up to receive yours here:


Round 2 of Washington study underway to determine food, economic insecurity during pandemic

Jake Ellison December 8, 2020

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The second wave of the Washington State Food Security Survey is now open. The survey takes about 15 minutes or less to complete and is open to all Washington State residents age 18 years or older.NeroDominus/Flickr

Understanding Washington residents’ access to food and their economic well-being – or lack of it – during the COVID-19 pandemic is vital for state and community partners to identify those needs and allocate resources effectively.

To help accomplish this goal, the University of Washington, Washington State University and Tacoma Community College, along with input from partners in local, county and state governments — such as the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Agriculture — are conducting a series of food security surveys.

The first wave of this series of surveys was conducted in June and July, and 2,621 Washington residents from 38 of 39 counties responded. Now researchers are recruiting participants in the survey’s second wave.

“The first survey found that food insecurity was high among state residents, and that the majority of food insecure households had children. We also found disparities in the burden of food insecurity by income, race, ethnicity and educational attainment,” said Jennifer Otten, one of the leaders of the survey team and a UW associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the School of Public Health.

Specifically, the first wave of the Washington State Food Security Survey found:

  • Food insecurity was high, alarmingly so, in the summer following the state shutdown, affecting an estimated 30% of households, exacerbating pre-existing social inequities.
  • Highest rates of food insecurity – 58% – were observed among households below the poverty line.
  • Households having members with some or no college education were also disproportionately impacted with 44% of respondents experiencing food insecurity.
  • 42% of respondents of color experienced food insecurity.
  • About 40% of all survey participants reported that their diet got worse.
  • Participants reported being concerned about safety in supermarkets and grocery stores, rising food costs, access and transportation.
  • Post Covid-19 diets had more eggs, rice, beans, pasta and peanut butter but less meat, seafood and milk and dairy.
  • Store bought cakes and cookies decreased but there was a sharp increase in cooking at home.

“Our findings also helped to characterize which and how food assistance programs were working for Washington residents as well as where additional changes might be needed to better support their food needs. Public agencies and anti-hunger networks held the survey up as useful in informing their programs and distribution and outreach needs,” Otten said.

Complete results of the first survey are available here.

The second wave of the Washington State Food Security Survey currently is underway and runs until mid-January.

Survey questions ask about access to food and food assistance, employment conditions and financial needs, as well as diet quality and health. The survey takes about 15 minutes or less to complete and is open to all Washington State residents age 18 years or older.

“Wave 2 will monitor the continuing impact of the pandemic on economic- and food-related wellbeing eight months after the initial lockdown. We hope to continue to add more waves of data collection to monitor the ongoing situation,” Otten said. “The data collected will be used by legislators, public agencies and anti-hunger networks to allocate resources, provide support and promote the recovery of Washington residents.”

The UW team included School of Public Health faculty and staff: Adam DrewnowskiJen OttenSarah CollierChelsea RoseAlan IsmachJames Buszkiewicz and Esther Nguyen, all affiliated with the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition. Washington State University was represented by Laura Lewis, director of the Food Systems Program, and Tacoma Community College by Brinda Sivaramakrishnan, professor of health, business and profession services. This project is supported by a charitable donation from the Ballmer Group.


For more information, contact Otten at


PW! Mask Fundraiser continues.....

Mary Wegmann PW! Chair                                                      Jim Stoffer PW! Board 

PW Mask 2020   Mask 2020     Jim in Mask 2 


Board Members modeling our great masks!! If you would like to have one of these unique masks, please send your order to so we can get you on our (socially distanced) delivery list!!! 

Prevention Works! Mask Order Form



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Masks are $10 each

# of Youth size ___X $10 = _____  # of Adult size ___ X $10 = ____Total $ _____________

Check: Prevention Works! P.O. Box 1913 Port Angeles, WA 98362                                                              (please send an alert email to so we can save them for you!)

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Contact one of our board members to set up delivery:

Board Members are: Mary Wegmann, Chair; Ann Simpson, Chair Elect; Jody Jacobsen, Treasurer; Stacie Neff, Secretary; Charlotte Penn, At Large member; or other Board Members: Florence Bucierka, Yvette Cline; Ellen Feitchiet, Susan Hillgren, Tracey Hosselkus, Lisa Lyon, Joy Sheedy, or Jim Stoffer. You may also contact Laura Brogden or Jennifer Charles - our contractors. 


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