The FFY 2012 Annual Synar Report: Tobacco Sales to Youth annual report was published today. This report covers inspections completed by states in FFY 2011 and reported in their FFY 2012 Annual Synar Reports. A synopsis of the report and link to the full report is below: In FY 2012, the national weighted average rate of tobacco sales to minors for the 50 States and the District of Columbia was 9.1 percent. While this rate is the second lowest retailer violation rate (RVR) in the history of the Synar program, it represents an increase in the RVR from FFY 2011, when the national rate was 8.5 percent. Despite the increase in the national average rate of tobacco sales to youth, the number of states reporting RVRs below 10 percent (34 states) remained consistent between FFYs 2011 and 2012. However, the number of states reporting RVRs below 5 percent decreased from 12 in FFY 2011 to 9 in FFY 2012.
reACT mini grants are here! This school year, reACT mini grants will help your crew address tobacco marketing in convenience and grocery stores in your community, as well as facilitating other activities of your crew's choice! Want to do something cool to fight back against corporate tobacco with your crew, but don't have the money? Apply for a grant!
Over the next two months, through a combined effort of the Montana Department of Justice and the Office of Public Instruction, Montana school students will have the opportunity to participate in a poster contest that focuses on the theme: Bring Our Missing Children Home Safely. "This contest allows Montana fifth graders to compete at the state and national level, while giving schools the opportunity to teach students about personal safety," said Jennifer Viets, Montana's Missing Persons Clearinghouse Manager. "We know there is a great deal of talent in our schools and we hope to send one of our students to Washington, D.C." Posters must be original artwork; 8 x14 inches in size, with the words "Bring Our Missing Children Home Safely" appearing on the poster. To compete in the state contest, the poster and student application form must be received by February 21, 2011. Posters are to be sent to: Montana Department of Justice Missing Persons Clearinghouse PO Box 201406 Helena MT 59620 Posters will be judged for originality of design, reflection of the contest theme and use of color and materials. The winning student will attend an award ceremony with Attorney General Steve Bullock and Superintendent Denise Juneau in Helena and receive a $100 cash prize. The winning Montana poster will then be submitted to the national contest.
If you were to ask a parent why they talk so positively about drinking to college kids, I bet most sensible adults would say they were just making small talk. They weren't trying to encourage kids to hurt themselves or commit a crime. But from the perspective of a teenager, that doesn't matter. Whether adults understand the impact of their words or not, conversations about the "normalness" of drinking in college are propagating an illegal and harmful social norm among young people.
Local governments have the responsibility and ability to protect the public's health and safety. They fulfill this responsibility in part through their land use powers - by determining what activities may occur on the land within their jurisdiction. Activities associated with alcohol fall within these broad powers. Although the exact term and process may differ from State to State, these Conditional Use Permits are a crucial feature of zoning laws in most States. These policies can help create and maintain an environment regarding alcohol that protects minors from underage drinking.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and education leaders in Montana gathered to support a statewide policy change to address Montana's graduation rate. Today, the Senate Education committee will hear Senate Bill 44. Sponsored by Sen. Taylor Brown (R-Huntley), SB 44 would raise Montana's legal dropout age from "age 16" to "age 18 or upon graduation." Superintendent Juneau was joined by Alex Apostle, Superintendent of Missoula Public Schools and Shannon Sullivan, a member of Supt. Juneau's first-ever Student Advisory Board from Butte. "Passing this bill will set a statewide expectation that all Montana students will graduate from high school," said Supt. Juneau. "In today's economic climate, it is imperative that a student earn a diploma or certificate so they have an opportunity for a good job and secure future." Based on early results of a community initiative, Graduation Matters Missoula, Superintendent Juneau launched a statewide initiative, Graduation Matters Montana, to address Montana's dropout rate. Graduation Matters Montana is a multi-pronged approach to increase the number of students who graduate from high school college- and career-ready. SB 44 is one part of the Graduation Matters Montana initiative.
The Center for Health and Safety Culture and MOST of Us are pleased to announce the following trainings: We will be hosting the Spring 2011 Positive Community Norms (PCN) Institute in Bozeman, MT at the Hilton Garden Inn May 17th-19th. This three day Institute provides the best opportunity to learn about the Positive Community Norms Process and the theory upon which it is built, The Science of the Positive. If you are interested in working with PCN in the future, attendance at this Institute is the beginning of your journey. Please visit our website for more information, http://www.mostofus.org/institute/pcninstitute/ . We also will host the 2011 Montana Summer Institute on July 12th-14th at the Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, MT with the Pre-Institute on July 11th. For more information please visit http://www.mostofus.org/institute/montana-summer-institute/ .
More and more college-age kids are landing in emergency rooms after ingesting the designer drug known as Molly, but experts tell NBC News that many of the kids who think they're using Molly are really taking something else -- often something more harmful, like bath salts.
Montana Youth Leadership Forum (MYLF) is in the process of recruiting delegates for MYLF 2011. MYLF serves youth with any type of disability and youth that are in their freshman through senior year are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Hopa Mountain offers an innovative Native Science Fellows program for Native American undergraduate and graduate students to participate in community-based science organizations in an effort to increase their engagement in higher education and geosciences careers. The next Native Science Fellows application deadline is September 5, 2013.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published "Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey." This fact sheet presents findings from the National Gang Center's National Youth Gang Survey, which collects data from a large, representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to track the size and scope of the national youth gang problem. The fact sheet discusses trends in gang activity, factors influencing local gang violence, and anti-gang measures.
Understanding what helps justice-involved American Indian youth reduce or end their involvement in the tribal juvenile justice system and make positive changes is important for developing effective support programs. In "Stories of Change Among Justice-Involved American Indian Youth From the Cross-Site Evaluation of OJJDP's Tribal Green Reentry Program," youth, parents, and program staff who participated in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-sponsored Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Green Demonstration programs share their perspectives. The report also highlights risk and protective factors for system-involved tribal youth.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center is hosting the podcast series "A National Conversation on Protecting Our Youth" to provide environmental strategies that address underage drinking-related issues in communities, states, and territories and reduce youth access to alcohol. Parents, researchers, law enforcement officials, coalition members, youth groups, advocates, and experts discuss public health and safety issues of youth alcohol use and share successful outcomes and strategies.
In a final recommendation, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has stated that primary care clinicians should provide interventions, including education or brief counseling, to prevent school-aged and adolescent patients from using tobacco. Evidence shows that a variety of behavioral counseling interventions can reduce the risk that school-aged children and adolescents will start smoking cigarettes, according to the task force.
RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the Web site as the first step. Deadline: Ongoing
Four alcohol brands - Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka, and Jack Daniel's whiskey - accounted for more than half of alcohol brand mentions in the songs that mentioned alcohol use in Billboard's most popular song lists in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to a new study from researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The birth rate among teenagers reached another historic low in 2012, government researchers announced Friday, and there is evidence that a switch to more effective means of birth control is a factor. According to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the birth rate among young women ages 15 to 19 fell 6 percent last year, to 29.4 births per thousand, the lowest rate in the 73 years the government has been collecting the data. The decline was across all racial and ethnic groups.
Color-coordinated nurseries, designer baby booties and gurgling infants aren't quite as appealing to today's teenagers as they might have been 70 years ago. The proof is in the numbers. The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest level in nearly seven decades of record-keeping - a trend that is mirrored in Montana - according to a recently released government report. The birth rate for U.S. teens dropped to 39 births per 1,000 girls, ages 15 through 19, according to the report. It was a 6 percent decline from the previous year, and the lowest since 1940.
Although most teens use the Internet daily, few consider it a main source of information about contraception or abstinence, according to a new qualitative study by Rachel K. Jones of the Guttmacher Institute and Ann E. Biddlecom of the United Nations Population Division. Additionally, in in-depth interviews at three public high schools in New York and Indiana, only a minority of the 58 study participants reported that they got any contraceptive or abstinence information online; those who accessed this information typically did so in response to a specific event (such as a school assignment) or, less commonly, to find the answer to a personal question. Most of the teens interviewed were wary of sexual health information on the Internet. The teens indicated a distrust of online information because it is often user-generated and could therefore be incorrect. Teens were most likely to trust family members (usually parents) for sexual health information; their next most trusted sources were educators, medical professionals and friends.
Teens whose parents have ever smoked are more likely to become smokers, even if their parents quit before they were born, according to a new study. Teens with an older sibling who smokes are also more likely to start using cigarettes. The study followed 214 participants starting in 1988, when they were high school freshmen, until 2011. The researchers also studied 314 of their children ages 11 and older. Participants took annual surveys about their smoking habits, and their children were surveyed in 2011.
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) released the National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention (NAP). Based on the public health model, the NAP framework provides a vision which guides actions and explores the role of federal, state, local, public, and private partners in the prevention of childhood injury. During this first webinar, Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) will provide a quick overview of the NAP and review the NAP's data and surveillance domain and its implications for local health departments.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is coordinating a "Shout Out for Birth Control Day" on November 12. It is asking for national partners and stakeholders to help start a more positive conversation about birth control and mobilize others to do so as well. They have provided key facts and resources you can share via social media. They are also asking for organizations and community leaders to submit op-eds to be published on November 12. The National Campaign has asked that any participation in the day or publicizing of the day remain embargoed until the 12th to have a larger impact. For more information and examples of how to participate, visit The National Campaign's "Thanks Birth Control" webpage.
A press release dated December 30, 2010, reported that hospital emergency department visits involving underage drinking increased more than 250 percent on New Year's Day 2009. The new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that in 2009 there were an estimated 1,980 emergency department visits involving underage drinking, compared to 546 such visits on an average day that year - a 263 percent increase. The New Year's Day underage drinking admission levels even surpassed other National holiday levels, which past SAMHSA studies have revealed often far exceed normal daily rates. For example, the 2009 New Year's Day estimate was 191 percent higher than the Memorial Day level (676) and 110 percent higher than the Fourth of July level (942).
In the continuing effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, and to highlight the 15th anniversary of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, you are invited to a webinar hosted by the FASD Center for Excellence. Titled "Preventing Alcohol Use During Pregnancy: Applying New Solutions to Ongoing Needs," the webinar will take place on September 9, 2013, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, and is free to all attendees.
World Health Organization Adolescent Survey - for 12 to 19 year olds, open until October 1, 2013.
This webinar will describe how schools can effectively prevent suicide. It will provide an overview of the research on school-based suicide prevention programs and identify resources that can be helpful in developing and implementing your own program. In addition, it will offer examples of how two states developed programs to prevent suicide in a variety of school systems, including those serving ethnically diverse students. Monday, September 23, 2013, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
This youth-taught workshop presented by New Hampshire's Dover Youth to Youth (a nationally recognized student advocacy group) uses the "Knowledge > Skills > Action" model to share how youth can be organized and empowered to become effective. A focus of the webinar will be on how the model can be used to achieve policy change and shifts in community norms. Many of the principles will be illustrated by examining the "Refrigerator Campaign," a multimedia strategy to reduce youth access to alcohol by motivating parents to control access to alcohol in their homes. This webinar is ideal for adults, coalitions, or organizations that would like to work effectively with youth advocates, those who would like to have greater youth involvement, those who want to broaden their existing youth advocacy efforts, and youth who are interested in advocacy. Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 3:00-4:15 p.m. ET
Since the 1990s, local and State governments have passed laws designed to hold those who provide alcohol, or enable the consumption by providing an environment in which a minor can consume alcohol, responsible for their conduct. These "social host" laws are often different and unique to the communities they serve. Our program will look retrospectively at the different social host approaches used by cities, counties, and States and the laws that have survived and those that have been struck down by the courts; and we will discuss the challenges and proponents of social host legislation in the future. Thursday, September 19, 2013, 3:00-4:15 p.m. ET
Violence is preventable, and more U.S. cities are exploring public health approaches to create safe, thriving communities. Prevention Institute developed the UNITY RoadMap for cities to more effectively and sustainably prevent violence before it occurs. Grounded in partnerships and prevention strategies, the UNITY RoadMap describes the essential elements for implementing a comprehensive strategy. Presenters will introduce the UNITY RoadMap and describe how its elements have been integrated into local efforts, such as the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.
Federal programs and resources that focus on creating safe and healthy environments in schools, anti-bullying efforts, healthy relationships and communication. September 19, 2013, 2:00 - 3:30 pm MT
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