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Nov. 1, 2023

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  • Our children need more support. Find out our latest steps to help!
  • Join us for our Mental Health First Aid Winter Summit!
  • Did you see us promoting youth fentanyl prevention under the Friday night lights?
  • Make sure you have the latest Board of Health meeting info in your calendar. 


We are focused on our kids’ physical and behavioral health

You likely saw the report and news coverage last week about how a lack of physical activity negatively affects our children’s behavioral health. It was authored by the Aspen Institute for Metro Parks Tacoma and the Names Family Foundation. We saw the report, too.

  • Promoting physical activity and improving the mental health and well-being of all kids continues to be one of our top priorities. Here’s a few steps we are already taking to help:
    • We’ll soon launch a new Child Healthy Eating Active Living program that will work on policies and system changes to support healthy food and active community environments for children between the ages of 5 to 11 years old.
    • This work will also support community programs including culturally appropriate nutritional education and fun physical activities for children of all abilities.
  • We also continue to work with local schools to promote teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA).
  • For example, in the Bethel School District:
    • By the end of this year, we will have completed 27 trainings with 640 10th graders. 
    • 8 school district employees as well as 1 community partner are certified tMHFA instructors, 2 of which are also Youth MHFA instructors.
    • We’re working to provide tMHFA services to Tacoma School District before the end of the year.
    • We’re also launching a tMHFA advertising campaign to reach youth on platforms they’re on, like TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, Spotify, Twitch, Hulu, and billboards all of us will see on our travels around Pierce County.
    • Get a preview of the ads at

This is just some of the ongoing work we are doing in support of Healthy Resilient Children and Youth. Questions? Contact Len Adams at

Join us at the teen Mental Health First Aid Winter Summit!

Speaking of teen mental health, you can join us Nov. 29, 2023, from 3-6 p.m. for our first teen Mental Health First Aid Summit. You’ll:

  • Hear valuable insights from our instructor ambassadors and student leaders about the Pierce County teen Mental Health First Aid program.
  • Participate in a collaborative workshop session.
  • Learn how you can advance this program in Pierce County high schools.
  • Recognize the school districts leading the way in implementing this program in our community.

Support teen mental health in our community! Register here by Nov. 22. Questions? Email Courtney Chandler  

Did you see us promoting youth fentanyl prevention?

You may have seen our team last Friday at the King of the Hill high school football game in Puyallup. We were there to spread awareness about the dangers of fentanyl, this time in person and with a little celebrity support.

  • Brooke Fox from Movin’ 92.5 joined us on the mic to tell the crowd of supporters from Rogers and Emerald Ridge high schools:
    • About the fentanyl facts campaign.
    • How kids can stay safe.
    • And what parents and friends should look out for.
  • We connected with about 700 youth, parents, teachers, and community members.
  • We also handed out swag at a tent near the field and tossed T-shirts into the stands at halftime.
  • It was a great community event.

We’re running the campaign on behalf of the Tacoma-Pierce County Opioid Task Force with funds from the Pierce County Behavioral Tax.

Questions? Email Elizabeth Allen at  

Calendar update: Board of Health retreat and change of schedule

We have a couple special meetings coming up in December to remind you of.

  • Our Board of Health retreat is 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. We will focus on strategic planning.
  • We are also swapping our regular meeting and study session dates in December, so our regular meeting will be Dec. 20.

Please RSVP to Board of Health clerk Pat Darden for both meetings.

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