Heroin and Prescription Opiate Taskforce Community Meeting:
A free community conversation on heroin and prescription opiate overdose and addiction on May 31st in Renton, sponsored by the King County Heroin & Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force (formerly MHCADSD). This is a public event and your voice is needed!
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Responds to New CDC Report
Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999-2014
According to a joint statement prepared by partners of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, data in the new CDC report underscores why suicide prevention must remain a national public health priority. Read the statement for more from the Action Alliance
Want to promote health and wellness within your school? Apply for a Hope Heart Institute and Molina Healthcare Family Health & Fitness Night. Please visit http://www.hopeheart.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/FHFN-Program-Brief_FINAL_2015.pdf for more information.
Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and May is National Teen Pregnancy Month – a downloadable Supporter Kit includes 12 ideas for getting involved. Other offerings include:
May 11, 11 am – Digital Town Hall Webinar on teen pregnancy prevention from OAH.
May 19, 10 am – “Reducing Disparities in Teen Birth Rates” webinar from the CDC.
May 19, 11 am – Twitter Chat, #Youth360: Moving Beyond Prevention to Holistic Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health.
Other resources for the May campaign are available from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Don’t Miss It – New Washington State OSPI Standards Orientation Webinar
Learn about the new Health and Physical Education K-12 Learning Standards by joining OSPI on May 25th: 10-11 am
NPR Story, Morning Edition, April 22, 2016
Stated in the NPR story, “There is one age group that really stands out – girls between the ages of 10 and 14. Though they make up a very small portion of the total suicides, the rate in that group jumped the most – it experienced the largest percent increase, tripling over 15 years from 0.5 to 1.7 per 100,000 people.” Access the story.
Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
Washington law on sexual health education states that “the decision as to whether or not a program about sexual health education is to be introduced into the common schools is a matter for determination at the district level by the local school board.” Any district that chooses to provide sexual health education must follow the requirements outlined in the Healthy Youth Act.
All sexual health education offered in Washington public schools must meet the following criteria:
All instruction and materials used must be:
Abstinence may not be taught to the exclusion of instruction and materials on FDA approved contraceptives and other disease prevention methods. In other words, the instruction must be comprehensive.
More information is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.