Health & Wellness Newsletter – Celebrating National Recovery Month!
September 27, 2022

Health and Wellness Newsletter
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September is National Recovery Month. More than 20 million people are recovering from substance use disorders in the United States. By bringing awareness to substance abuse and recovery, we can commit to helping prevent substance abuse disorders, supporting those who are still struggling, and providing people in recovery with the resources they need to live full and healthy lives.

Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and we are here to support all that take part in the journey.

This September, explore the ways that you can bring awareness to substance use disorders and celebrate those in recovery:

In This Newsletter:


CA’s Golden Opportunity Post-Convening Update & Materials
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CA's Golden Opportunity panelistsOn Friday, September 16, 2022, the California AfterSchool Network (CAN) successfully convened CA practitioners and educators in California’s Golden Opportunity: Promoting Child & Community Wellness Through Cross-Sector Expanded Learning Partnerships event. This culminating virtual event of the Whole Child Health & Wellness Community of Practice, is funded by Youth Opioid Response (YOR) California. The purpose of the virtual event was to create awareness about California’s Golden Opportunity for multi-sector partnerships with California’s Expanded Learning Programs that promote health, and mental health, and increase access to substance use intervention and treatment for children, youth, and families.

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How Schools Can Respond to Rainbow Fentanyl

More students across California and the U.S. are overdosing from fentanyl which is increasingly being distributed as pills understood to be a different substance, sometimes in colors and shapes that appeal to adolescents and young children. Rainbow fentanyl can be found in many forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or candy.

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Case Studies Show How Schools and Out-of-School-Time Programs Can Work Together to Foster Students’ Social and Emotional Learning

A new report by the Wallace’s Foundation Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative and RAND Corporation explores six case studies where schools partnered with out-of-school-time (OST) programs to build students’ social and emotional skills throughout the day.

Each study focuses on a different challenge that was widely shared by participants in the initiative and provides an example of what the challenge looked like on the ground and the ways partners worked for imrpovement.

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Inequities in Alcohol Screenings Result in Missed Opportunities for Treatment

A new study from the Alcohol Research Group (ARG), a program of the Public Health Institute, in collaboration with RTI International shows that some racial and ethnic groups are not receiving adequate screening for alcohol use in clinical settings. Alcohol screening and brief intervention is a service used to identify and help individuals that are drinking beyond recommended limits. The study shows that only 11.8% of respondents aged 18-34 with public insurance were screened by a doctor.

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We want to hear from YOU! Participate in the Power of Us Survey

Millions of professionals and volunteers work with young people every day in the many settings where youth play, learn, and grow outside of the school day. Yet, we have little collective information about this essential workforce. You can help change this!

Power of Us wants to know more about those who are still in the youth fields and those who left, so that they can explore, define, and elevate this collective workforce and their work with youth. The information from the Power of Us Workforce Survey can also lead to action, informing policy, practice, and further research to better support the workforce.

We believe that if we know more, we can do more!

Take the survey today!