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Creating lasting improvements in health equity means understanding legislation and policy. Our work on the health policy forefront has significantly advanced safe and drug-free schools, school health and fitness standards in schools, provided critical advisement to elected officials, and effectively mobilized Washington citizens in service of policies that support prevention.

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Case Study: Advancing No-Smoking Policies in Public Health

Case Study Focus: Washington State has been advancing no-smoking policies in Public Housing Authorities since 2009. This is in large part due to quality, collaborative partnerships involving the Washington State Department of Health, Foundation for Healthy Generations (Healthy Gen), the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing, and Redevelopment Officials (PNRC-NAHRO), the Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA), Public Housing Authorities, and local health departments.  

Foundation for Healthy Generations (Healthy Gen) was funded by the Department of Health in 2011 to lead efforts with public housing authorities to create changes in systems that improve the health of residents, including the creation of no-smoking policies. As of 2014, 32 of the 38 Public Housing Authorities in the state have at least one or more properties covered by a no-smoking policy. This includes 34,174 of a total of 38,844 public housing units in Washington State. In 2009, only 4 public housing authorities, with a total of 834 units, had a no-smoking policy in place. The advancement of no-smoking policies currently impacts about 82,000 residents of public housing authorities throughout the state. Twenty-eight (28) of the 32 Public Housing Authorities with no-smoking policies cover 100 percent of their properties. At least 19 Public Housing Authority no-smoking policies are considered comprehensive.

 

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Health Policy News - March 23, 2015

Welcome to the eleventh week of the legislative session! Last week was a very busy week for health advocates, hearings were held on HB 1645 "Concerning youth substance use prevention associated with tobacco and drug delivery e-cigarettes and vapor products," and SHB 1295 "Concerning breakfast after the bell program." Safe Routes to School advocates came in force to Olympia for Transportation Advocacy Day.

For What We're Watching this week and more, check out this week's Health Policy News You Can Use!

 

 

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Health Policy News - March 15, 2015

Welcome to the tenth week of the legislative session. We have just passed the third cutoff ‐‐ bills had to be out of their house of origin by 5:00 pm last Wednesday, March 11th. The only bills exempt from this cutoff were those with the coveted designation of Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB). Focus will now be on working bills on the opposite side of the house it originated in. For those and more, see this week's Health Policy News You Can Use!

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Health Policy News - March 9, 2015

It is the ninth week of the legislative session and we are now past the halfway point of the 105-day legislative session. In this newsletter we review the transportation package, take 57 seconds to learn about some of the issues regarding marijuana from Senator Joe Fain, and look ahead to the third cutoff on Wednesday, March 11th.

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Marijuana "In 57 Seconds" with Senator Joe Fain

Health Policy News - March 2, 2015

It's Health Policy News for the eighth week of the legislative session. We have passed the second cutoff for bills to move from their fiscal committees (Ways and Means, Appropriations and Capital Budget).  Now we watch bills pulled from the Rules Committee and moved to the floor for debate and vote. The next cutoff is March 11th for bills to move from their House of Origin. For this and more, click on the link below.

 

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Health Policy News - February 16, 2015

We are entering the sixth week of the legislative session and Friday, February 20th is the first cutoff. Cutoff dates are deadlines established by the Legislature within the sixty or 105 day session by which certain actions much be taken. The first cutoff is referred to as policy cutoff. This is the deadline for bills to be passed out of policy committees in their house of origin. Bills then move on to fiscal committees or the Rules committee. For what we're watching this week and more, check out this weeks' Health Policy News You Can Use!

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Health Policy News - February 9, 2015

We are entering the fifth week of the legislative session, and the pace is very busy. Another "hot issue" the legislature is grappling with this session is marijuana. There are competing plans to reconcile medical and recreational marijuana markets and dozens of bills about the topic this session. 

In this weeks' Health Policy News we introduce you to a few of the Marijuana bills that may be of interest or concern to the prevention community. 

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Health Policy News You Can Use February 9, 2015.pdf

Health Policy News - February 2, 2015

Things are really getting busy this fourth week of the legislative session; one very hot topic among our legislators is e-cigarettes and vaping! There are a total of 6 current bills under consideration that we list below under "E-cigarettes/Vaping."

We hope that you were able to view the presentation to the Joint House Education and Health Care & Wellness Committee works session on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and statewide academic achievement by Christopher Blodgett PhD, from Washington State University's Area Health Education Center.

Plus more resources for the legislative season, and what we're watching for this week! 

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