Prevention & Early Intervention
Spirit of Youth 15th Annual Awards Dinner. Saturday, April 6 at the Anchorage Marriott. For information or to purchase tickets call 907-272-2875 or visit www.spiritofyouth.org
. Let’s celebrate the amazing things Alaska youth are doing!
Alaska’s Strategies to Prevent Underage Drinking is an update of the 2009 publication on preventing underage drinking. These recommendations are an overview of what existing literature describes as being effective. The specific actions are items the committee believes are possible to implement in the next three years. Increasing the use of these recommendations and specific actions would help to build a stronger foundation in the statewide effort to prevent underage drinking.
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services has just released, the 2012 Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking. Data from the report, representing all 50 states, show meaningful reductions in underage drinking, particularly among younger age groups. “From 2004 to 2012, young people ages 12 to 20 showed statistically significant declines in both past-month alcohol use and binge alcohol use.” However the new summary of the latest scientific research confirms that “alcohol continues to be the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, a greater proportion of whom use alcohol than use tobacco or other drugs.” The annual report was prepared by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on behalf of the federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD). This is the fourth report in the series, and includes a new section on prevention of binge drinking on college and university campuses, and an expanded section about underage drinking prevention and enforcement activities in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Access to the new Report to Congress is available at http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov.
- Early Childhood Mental Health Institute, April 30 - May 2, 2013. Egan Civic and Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska. Keynote speakers include Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D. and Joy Osofsky, Ph.D. For further information go to http://www.ecmhi.org/
- 2013 Annual School on Addictions & Behavioral Health. The Alaska Addiction Professionals Association is pleased to announce the 39th Annual School on Addictions & Behavioral Health: "Sharing the Vision: Integration for Recovery. May 6-9, 2013 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel to explore the emerging science of integrated treatment. For additional information go to http://sada-ak.org/annualschool.htm.
- The Partners in Policymaking Advocacy Internship (PIP 1) is being offered in Spring 2013!
The training begins with a three day seminar, held in Anchorage on May 14th, 15th, & 16th 2013. The course then continues with weekly online classes for 5 weeks ending June 18,2013. Online classes will be held each Tuesday at 12 noon following the seminar. Click here to go to the PIP Website to request an application. Application submission deadline: April 22, 2013.
- FASD: Best Practices in the Last Frontier, May 22-24, 2013. Hilton Hotel, Anchorage. The Arctic FASD Regional Training Center and the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services is hosting this statewide conference. For further information go to http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/arcticfasdrtc/2013FASDConference/index.cfm
26th Annual National Prevention Network (NPN) Prevention Research Conference, August 27-29, 2013 in Oklahoma City, OK. This year’s theme is Research Driving Prevention and will feature tracks on American Indian/ Alaska Native Prevention Needs and Services; Bridging Prevention Research into Practice—and Vice Versa!; Environmental Prevention Strategies; Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; Prevention in Schools: Primary, Secondary, and Higher Education; Prevention in Primary Care; Prevention Professional Workforce and Leadership; and Rural Community Prevention Needs and Services. For additional information or to register go to: http://swpc.ou.edu/npn.