Governor Inslee to Sign Bill Regulating E-Cig Products

With the new emergence of e-cigarette devices, we have seen children poisoned by the liquids used for e-cigs, and use of the devices on the rise among youth. 

Senate Bill 6328 brings statewide regulation and enforcement to a nearly unregulated e-cigarette market, strengthening protections against the sale of these harmful products to youth. 

ESSB 6328 will also: 

  • Mandate child resistant packaging and prohibit the sale of e-cig products from open display cases where kids can grab them. We know that these liquids are very dangerous to children, even a drop or two can poison a young child!
  • Double the fines for selling tobacco products to minors, the first increase in 23 years and it pays for enforcement, prevention and education.
  • Prohibit vaping in child care centers, elevators, playgrounds, school buses, schools and 500 feet from schools.
  • Healthy Gen is proud to have provided support and coordination to the many advocates working on this issue!

We're absolutely honored to announce that this historic bill was signed by Governor Jay Inslee on 4/19 at the Science of HOPE.

Community Context for Academic Achievement; A Report on Community Factors that Predict Resilience & Prevention in Nine Randomly Selected Communities in Washington

January 20, 2015

Executive Summary

The context for optimal human development includes healthy families, flourishing communities, and the events and systems that shape these. Community capacity is found to be significantly correlated with positive trends in the rates of child safety and school completion (Laverack, 2006; Hall, 2012). Community capacity is described as the empowerment of communities to come together, share responsibility for alleviating crises, improve services, and build healthy environments for families and children (Chatskin, 1999).
This study provides information about the community context for child and family life in Washington, including the degree to which systems of the community operate effectively as a whole to improve outcomes. Using information from Key Informants in nine Washington communities, we consider processes that communities use to develop a sense of belonging and shared identity, come together in celebration or problem solving, reflect on past efforts, agree upon and collaboratively generate solutions, and weave a stronger social fabric as a part of considering community capacity development. Key Informant interviews and community capacity scoring of those interviews are designed to provide insight into the community contextual environment and the capacities of that environment.
Qualitative data from key informants in nine randomly selected Washington communities are considered in this report. Processes and tools used for analysis of the interviews and rating of community capacities are consistent with those used in over a decade of systematic observations of community capacity in Washington State. This includes both capacity index scores (Longhi & Porter, 2009), and correlations between interview content and descriptions of characteristics of five distinct phases of community capacity building (Flaspohler et al., 2012).
Forty-seven interviews with Key Informants in nine Washington communities, reveal common themes, as well as, significant community variation in practices that help communities to flourish. Since the instruments to assess community capacity have been consistently used from 1998 through this 2014-15 interview process, community capacity trends over time are also considered. The names of persons interviewed and the names of the communities where interviews were conducted are not used in this report in order to preserve confidentiality and optimize reporting of most promising and most challenging community capacity building stories.

Connect To These Resources:

Community Context Report_1-20-15_final to Dr Blodgett.pdf

No School Alone: How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success

No School Alone: How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success (March, 2015)

Christopher Blodgett, Ph.D. Washington State University

Report prepared for the Washington State Office of Financial Management in response to the Legislature’s directions in Substitute House Bill 2739 

In this report, we test if the levels of the challenges resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in a community’s adult population contribute to current conditions of disruption in children that make ACEs a multigenerational problem. While the effects of poverty on school performance guide long-term and significant investment policies, ACEs is a comparatively new idea and until very recently has not been tested as a policy planning tool. Several hundred peer-reviewed research studies consistently support the role of ACEs as arguably the most powerful single predictor of health and well-being in adulthood. However, equivalent results in childhood emerged only in the past few years. Exposure to ACEs begins very early in life, resulting in risks to the developing brain. This additional exposure to stress leads to the emergence of physical and social mechanisms of No School Alone 4 coping that can interfere with development during childhood and compromise life success and health in adulthood.

Connect To These Resources:

No School Alone_ How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success.pdf

Healthy Living Collaborative - Current State Policy Agenda

State Policy Agenda

Recent Health Policy Support & Success Initiatives
  • Safe Streets – Speed Reduction
  • Healthier Next Generation
  • Invest $500,000 in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (helps low-income seniors, new moms and young children buy fresh produce directly from 560 Washington farmers through the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs)

1. Support state Capitol budget funds for necessary infrastructure in schools for clean tap water fountains.

2. Support state Capitol budgerpt funds for necessary infrastructure in schools to support cooking of school meals on site.

3. Increase state funding for the Safe Routes to Schools Program.

4. Support E-Cigarette strategies, which restricts access to youth (restricting advertising, definition of E-Cigarettes, licensing retailers).

5. Support the creation of a new Medicaid benefit in Washington to cover the case management and tenancy support services outline in Permanent Supportive Housing.

Webinar - E-cigarettes and Vaping: What You Need to Know

E-cigs and Vaping: What You Need to Know (February 19, 2015)
Presentations from:
  • Dr. Jessica K. Pepper, Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication, University of North Carolina
  • Deb Drandoff, Assistant Director, Prevention & Youth Services, Washington State ESD 112 
  • Paul Davis, Tobacco Prevention & Control and Marijuana Education, WA State Department of Health
  • Ron Oldham, Moderator

If you are interested in participating in a learning community focused on the science and policy impacts of e-cigarettes and vaping, please click on this link and sign up for further conversations. 


Watch it here:

E Cigs Vaping Webinar Feb 19 2015 Final

Connect here:

E-cigs and Vaping: What You Need to Know
Holiday Foundation for Healthy Generations

Year in Review: 2014

2014 has been a big year for Healthy Gen. We changed our name. Our two-day conference, Coalescing for Change: Community-Based Health Solutions, welcomed speakers like Tina Rosenberg, Ron Sims, Governor Jay Inslee, Howard Friedman, Michael Ungar, Colleen Kraft, Deborah Gray, and over 300 partners, community-members and other attendees. We updated our Theory of Change, highlighting our strategies towards achieving greater health equity in Washington State.

We also continued our core work to ACTIVATE, elevate and inform community voice, ACCELERATE the strength of community wisdom through shared learning and hope-filled action, and thereby TRANSFORM the community conditions for health. We are proud and excited to carry forward this work into 2015 through our programs and partnerships, including the newly named, Learning Institute, as well as, the Prevention Alliance, the Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC) of SW Washington, the Salishan Community Health Advocates (CHAs), Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, and the Washington State Public Health Association among others.

We thank all of our partners, supporters and friends for the accomplishments of this year and we look forward to expanding and deepening this circle in the work to come. 

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