Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program
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covering Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific,
Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties
Prevention in Action!
November Edition
Shelton Families learn about substance safety
On October 18, Ben Johnson (second from left) from Mason County Public Health and Ricardo del Bosque from the Shelton School District (far left) hosted a meeting with several families at Oakland Bay Jr. High. (The Castenado family is pictured here.) This meeting came about after a Mason County Public Health survey revealed that there is still a lot of misconception about the recreational marijuana laws, especially among Hispanic/Latino populations. Another community meeting was held in Shelton on October 27 to continue to dispel the myths and encourage healthy families.
Cristal Connelly teaches work group about marijuana messaging
On October 17, Washington State Department of Health Marijuana Prevention and Education Coordinator, Cristal Connelly, gave a very informative presentation after the regional work group meeting at CR-ESD 113 in Tumwater. Cristal covered current law, current trends, and the differences in messaging to adults and to children and teens. The presenation slides will be made available to work group members who want to deliver the presentation in their own communities—contact Matthew Shellhart at for more information.
DOH Updates
Year 3 Strategic Plan Underway
The Department of Health (DOH) is working with a group of YMPEP coordinators across the state to develop a Year 3 Work Plan, which will be largely focused on environmental strategies for prevention. The draft of the plan will be distributed in the spring for review by local partners. 

Listen2YourSelfie Campaign Launches Part 2
The prevention campaign successfully re-launched on October 18, continuing to educate Washington teens about the risks and consequences of using marijuana. The messages shared on the website, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube encourage teens to "Remember what's important. Forget marijuana."

YMPEP Partners are encouraged to use the partner toolkit, adapt the campaign for local communities, and promote the campaign online and at events. To request a branded photo booth backdrop to use at events, contact Matthew Shellhart at
Matthew Shellhart
Program Manager
360-539-7576 ext. 107

Upcoming Meetings

Regional Partners Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 15
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Regional Partners Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 15
in-person meeting, time & place TBD

Previous Meeting Summaries

CHOICE works to improve community health in Central Western Washington through the collective planning and action of health care leaders. CHOICE is the backbone organization for the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance.
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