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EPIC Protects and Empowers Our Youth


Youth prevention programs implemented by the EPIC Coalition:

Alcohol Literacy Challenge™ (ALC) is an IOM Model “Universal” underage and binge drinking prevention program. It is the first classroom based alcohol prevention lesson that challenges students’ beliefs about the effects of drinking alcohol. www.alcoholliteracychallenge.com

Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students) is considered a SAMHSA model program that is a highly effective, school-based substance abuse prevention and early intervention program. It works by placing a highly trained professional (Project SUCCESS counselor) in the schools to provide a full range of substance abuse prevention and early intervention services. The counselors primarily work with adolescents individually and in small groups; conduct large group prevention/education discussions and programs, train and consult on prevention issues with school staff; coordinate the substance abuse services and policies of the school and refer and follow-up with students and families needing substance abuse treatment or mental health services in the community. www.sascorp.org/success

SPORT (Substance use Prevention Optimizing Robust Teens) Prevention Plus Wellness is a substance use prevention program designed to increase fitness, health and performance-enhancing behaviors like physical activity, sports participation, healthy eating, getting adequate sleep, and practicing stress control for youth. preventionpluswellness.com

Spring Youth Forum recognizes and rewards youth prevention teams that have implemented a successful prevention project within their communities. The Forum provides youth the opportunity to learn from others while showcasing their own education and planning skills. Youth teams share successes and lessons learned from projects commenced during or following the previous Prevention Summits or other youth trainings. The Prevention Summit and the Spring Youth Forum work in tandem to create momentum and help to encourage, reward and support youth-led prevention work in communities throughout Washington. springyouthforum.org

EPIC Youth Spotlight is a recognition program for youth to be nominated by community members or school staff for making a positive difference in their school or community. Youth will be recognized and rewarded.

Youth Leadership Summit is a collaboration with the Castle Rock CARE Coalition to implement the youth summit for middle school students focusing on up-to-date substance abuse information and leadership training.

EPIC Essay Contest encourages essay writing with the topic of ‘staying drug-free’ to students in the middle schools. Top 3 students will be awarded and recognized.

Summer Youth Leadership provides leadership activities during the summer to middle school youth in conjunction with summer school and the summer meals programs.

EPIC Encourages and Strengthens Families


Family prevention programs implemented by the EPIC Coalition:

Nurse-Family Partnership empowers first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. Research consistently proves that NFP succeeds at its most important goals: keeping children healthy and safe, and improving the lives of moms and babies. Through the partnership, the nurse provides new moms with the confidence and the tools they need not only to assure a healthy start for their babies, but to envision a life of stability and opportunities for success for both mom and child. www.nursefamilypartnership.org

Incredible Years® Series is a set of interlocking, comprehensive, and developmentally based programs targeting parents, teachers and children. The training programs that compose Incredible Years® Series are guided by developmental theory on the role of multiple interacting risk and protective factors in the development of conduct problems. The programs are designed to work jointly to promote emotional, social, and academic competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavioral and emotional problems in young children. www.incredibleyears.com

Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based family skills training program for high-risk and general population families that is recognized both nationally and internationally. Parents and youth attend weekly SFP skills classes together, learning parenting skills and youth life and refusal skills. They have separate class training for parents and youth the first hour, followed by a joint family practice session the second hour. www.strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org

EPIC Commits to Supporting Our Schools


School prevention programs implemented by the EPIC Coalition:

Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP) is intended to provide school administrators, counselors and nurses with a systematic approach to recognizing and evaluating individuals in the academic environment who are abusing and impaired by drugs, both legal and illegal, in order to provide early recognition and intervention. The goal of the DITEP course is to enable educational professionals to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol impairment, in order to prevent an impaired student from driving away from campus and/or serve as a treatment intervention tool to reduce future instances of DWI. www.theiacp.org/ditep

Anti-Vaping School Campaign directed at high school students to address the vaping problem amongst youth and the negative impacts of use.

School Policies collaborates with the Longview School District to review and update the drug and alcohol discipline policy that meets OSPI standards and students’ best well-being.

‘Darby’s Story’ is a presentation about youth substance abuse prevention shared by Frank Hoetker. “As a loving father who witnessed first-hand for 15 heart-breaking years my son’s battle with substance addiction, Darby finally succumbed to the Beast. I have made it my life’s mission to share Darby’s Story as his Messenger with teens and families exposed to this horrendous nightmare. My testimony contains pictures & actual writings by Darby as he rides the Beast’s tortuous roller coaster through destructive behaviors while grappling hard to overcome his addiction; family and friends fearfully holding on. My fervent hope is to awaken our teens to the consequences of substance abuse, driven to inspire a positive difference and direction in the quality of life for our precious young people.”

EPIC Builds Safe and Healthy Communities


Community prevention programs implemented by the EPIC Coalition:

Rx Drug Take Back Events to address a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. In partnership with the Longview Police Department, Cowlitz County Sherriff's Department, and other agencies that have Rx drop box locations, EPIC promotes safe/proper disposal of unused Rx medication. www.takebackyourmeds.org

Empowering People & Impacting Community

Local Data Tracking

Through a partnership with ESD 112 and Clark County Public Health Epidemiologists, EPIC has access to a number of local health data, including youth substance use rates, mental health data, school discipline and more. To access this data visit the reports section of the website or explore the resources page. Email preventcoalition@esd112.org if there is a specific set of data you’re interested in or if there is a way you’d like data to be communicated that isn’t available on the website.

Strategic Prevention Framework

EPIC follows the Strategic Prevention Framework:

1) Assess specific community problems 2) Build capacity to address the issues 3) Create action plan 4) Implement prevention projects and strategies 5) Complete evaluation to determine level of impact.

Throughout the process, EPIC strives towards cultural competency and sustainable efforts. This framework allows us to implement prevention strategies with the greatest positive impact on our community.

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