Free 8/11 webinar: COVID 19: Using Health Behavior Change Theory to Communicate on Social Media

Hello, colleagues, Please share with students and professional colleagues—VCU’s MPH program is offering a free webinar on 8/11: COVID 19: Using Health Behavior Change Theory to Communicate on Social Media Registration is open in TRAIN.org (course ID 1092515) through midnight of 8/10. Details below: Lisa S. Anderson, MPH Director of Educational Programs Division of Epidemiology…

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FY2021-2022 Performance Measures

Greetings All! I apologize for the delay in posting these but as you may know, the Portal was down due to some glitches in WordPress. This issue is being addressed and you will see a new Portal soon! As I reported on the last Prevention Council call, the DBHDS Audit Department strongly advised us that…

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Please Respond: Alarming Escalation of Overdoses

  Good morning! As always, it was great “seeing” you on Friday! We received information on an alarming increase in overdoses in Richmond City and anecdotally we hear that it is true across the state! I need some quick responses on the following questions: Is your area seeing an escalation in overdoses? Opioids, meth, alcohol?…

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Race, Racism and Inequity

Greetings! If COVID had any positive consequences, it was the opportunity to “be still” and focus on the pandemic of racism and inequity. I gave myself grace to “be still” as I relived much of the racism and trauma I have experienced throughout my lifetime and the daily angst for my sons, husband, brothers, and…

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2020 CADCA Mid-Year has Gone Virtual!

Greetings All! I hope everyone is staying safe, motivated and realize how essential you are in the continued BH Wellness in our communities! CADCA has just decided to make CADCA Mid-Year Virtual allowing greater access, especially for youth participation! Please “send” as many youth to Mid-Year as possible along with your coalition members so that…

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ATTENTION COALITIONS: Ensure Prevention Included in Future COVID 19 Legislation

  Ensure Prevention Included in Future COVID 19 Legislation   BACKGROUND/ISSUE                                                                                              May 5, 2020 Congress is starting to work on a fourth piece of legislation to address the issues due to COVID 19. The third COVID 19 Act, CARES, included $100 million for SAMHSA to provide to the states to address mental health and…

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month!     In past years, The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has hosted in-person events to celebrate the day: youth speaker panel, movie screening, cookie break, tickets to a baseball game-just to name a few!  This year, we’re doing something a bit different.   While we…

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CCoVA: Underage Drinking Prevention Virtual Town Hall 4/30

Hi CCoVA Members & Friends,  In honor of National Alcohol Awareness month and MADD’s PowerTalk 21 initiative, please join a VIRTUAL Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking Prevention this Thursday (4/30) @ 1pm presented by Community Coalitions of Virginia (CCoVA). This is a great opportunity for parents, professionals, and interested community members to learn about underage drinking and what other…

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Congratulations Virginia Countertools!!!!

Greetings! In partnership with VCU, the Countertoools Initiative has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Title: Neighborhood Disadvantage and Tobacco Retail Outlet and Vape Shop Outlet Rates Authors: David Wheeler *, Elizabeth Do, Rashelle Hayes, Kendall Fugate-Laus, Westley Fallavollita, Colleen Hughes, Bernard Fuemmeler This could not have been…

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