June 2014   

Upcoming Training

Webinar: Environmental Prevention Works in Alaska on June 24th from 1-3 p.m. 
Learn how Alaskan communities have confronted problem issues such as underage drinking and illegal drug use by successfully changing the community environment, one step at a time. This webinar will focus on the key elements for environmental prevention, the spirit of the coalition, and the power of science in community prevention.

Specially designed for community coalition members and grantees, this webinar emphasizes how prevention strategies, focused on what’s going on around a person instead of inside a person, can lead to community-level change.

To attend the webinar, Environmental Prevention Works in Alaska, select the link which will direct you to a brief registration survey for your name and affiliation. Once completed, you will be redirected to the webinar site. Enter as a guest and type your name; then click on “enter room.” Pre-registration is not required. The registration survey may be completed on the day of the webinar.

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Past Trainings

If you missed the last webinar, Determining What to Sustain, Part 2, you can view it on the SPF SIG website. The webinar shared ways for participants to look at their project or program and ask, “What is it that we want to sustain?” In doing so, the presentation determined steps in the decision-making process and walked through the steps for figuring out what to sustain. The presentation slides and related handout materials are also posted on the Training Opportunities page.

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Grantee Cohort Call

If you missed the June 3rd quarterly grantee cohort call, you can listen to Lisa Nelson from Yakutat Tlingit Tribe (YTT) present on YTT’s activities and outcomes. Her PowerPoint is also available here.

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In the News

Study: Banning Alcohol in Alaska Villages Doesn’t Reduce Suicide, But More Jobs Might (Anchorage Daily News)

2 out of 3 ‘intentional injury’ hospitalizations among Alaska Natives are alcohol related, report says (Anchorage Daily News)

Head of State Liquor Control Agency Stepping Down (Alaska Dispatch)

Interesting articles from Recover Alaska:

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Thank you to Yakutat!

Thank you to our Yakutat grantee for your thoughtful presentation to both the advisory committee and to fellow grantees. The presentation highlighted the hard work, creative efforts and successful outcomes that are occurring in Yakutat.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Preventing Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—An Update
Drinking too much alcohol can take a heavy toll, not only on a person’s health but also on his or her family relationships and work or school performance. Alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol dependence and abuse, contribute to a number of diseases and mental and behavioral disorders, and may lead to a range of injuries. In addition, drinkers and their families are subject to social harm, such as family disruption, problems at the workplace (including unemployment), criminal convictions, and financial problems. They also encounter higher health care and related costs.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: A Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) pride month. In an effort to create more awareness around LGBT-sensitive treatment services, this publication was produced to inform clinicians and administrators about substance abuse treatment approaches that are sensitive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT clients. The report also covers cultural, clinical, health, administrative, and legal issues as well as alliance building.


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