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Building a Healthy YOU(th) Symposium

To register, click here.

Area youth are continually impacted by the effects of substance use. Prevention efforts are in place, yet it is more pressing than ever to make sure adolescents are protected and that school professionals and community-based organizations are equipped with the knowledge and skills to tackle difficult challenges.

Designed to provide leaders with the tools they need is this year’s Building a Healthy YOU(th) Symposium, May 23, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Riverpoint Campus in the Eastern Washington University Center (SEWC), room 122. The symposium, through partnership between Spokane Regional Health District and NEWESD101, is a free event designed to increase participants’ knowledge of best practices and skills to bolster tobacco, vaping, and marijuana prevention. This year’s focus is health equity as part of these prevention efforts, to ensure programs, services, and interventions reach everyone in area communities.

This year’s keynote speaker is Phillip Gardiner, whose doctorate is in behavioral science and who is a policy and regulatory sciences program officer for the Tobacco-Related Disease research program at University of California, Office of the President. This is Spokane’s opportunity to hear from an esteemed expert in health equity and activist for tobacco prevention and control. Dr. Gardiner will present on the disproportionate impact of menthol cigarettes on African Americans, public health threats from electronic cigarettes, the next wave of new tobacco products, and the intersection of tobacco, vaping and marijuana. 

Other agenda highlights include:

  • Breakout sessions on policy and systems change, health equity, tobacco, vaping and marijuana
  • Best practices for working with youth
  • Poster session
  • Networking
  • Youth panel
  • Lunch presentation

To register for this no-cost event, visit, click here. For questions, contact SRHD Tobacco, Vaping Device and Marijuana Prevention program coordinator, Paige McGowan (509) 324-1504 or pmcgowan@srhd.org.

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August 21, 2017