FOCUS Monthly Newsletter
November 2022

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November is Vaping Prevention Month. According to the CDC, over 2 million middle and high school students reported vaping in 2021.* There is a great need to change these statistics, and we are pleased to share lesson resources that are easy to implement and will Make A Difference in your prevention efforts!
CATCH, or Coordinated Approach To Child Health, is an evidence-based prevention program created by youth prevention researchers, practitioners and a youth advisory board. CATCH has years of proven effectiveness, and lessons follow a peer-led teaching approach. 

The CATCH My Breath Program (CVS Health and Discovery Education) is for grades 5-12, and there are 4 lessons for each grade group. You are provided with lesson plans, learner outcomes, detailed directions, and all materials including Google Slides/Powerpoint presentations, vocabulary and optional Physical Education cross-curricular lesson plans. Create your own FREE account by visiting CATCH My Breath- Vape Education ProgramGrades 7-8 Sample Lesson
In addition, CVS Health has 3 Virtual Field Trips. You and your students can participate by visiting: 
*Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland; 2Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC.
Thanks to those who attended the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on Friday, November 4 at the Shelby County Instructional Service Center in Alabaster, AL. The training was hosted by @alabamafocus and led by Kim Bailey and Jennifer Bailey.
Register Your School with FOCUS!
Welcome to all our new and renewed schools for the 2022-2023 school year! As a reminder, we request that all registered facilitators renew each year to update information. Please take a moment and click on the link below to submit your registration.
FOCUS Student Trainings
Kim Bailey is available for FOCUS Student Trainings. Registered FOCUS schools may now schedule face-to-face trainings on various topics including suicide prevention, stigma, tobacco prevention, dating/relationships, sexual health, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, effective communication, and emotional wellness. Other topics may be available upon request.

Schedule now to reserve the dates you prefer. To schedule, contact Mrs. Kim Bailey at or call (205) 910-3692.
New! 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline!
988 is now the active phone number that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This shorter number is easier to remember, and it provides free and confidential support for anyone in distress.
Be sure to share this updated information with staff and students in your school and community. Let everyone know that when they call, text or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors who will listen and help, 24/7. They will even assist you if you know of someone who is in distress. This can be reassuring when you are trying to assist a student or peer and need professional help.
*The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-TALK) will always remain available for people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.
A new FOCUS student brochure is now available!
Free hard copies are available by request! Email to place your order. A digital copy is available for printing on the FOCUS Facilitator Portal.
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Monthly Health Observances
We encourage all FOCUS schools to engage in at least one health observance activity each month. Each month has some excellent choices for students on your campuses to “Make a Difference” and to encourage their peers to participate.

  • 1-30   Vaping Prevention Month
  • 15       Great American Smokeout

  • 1        World AIDS Day
  • 2-8     National Handwashing Awareness Week (Henry the Hand Foundation)


FOCUS values continued partnerships with the following state and community organizations.

Alabama Department of Public Health
Alabama Department of Education
Addiction Prevention Coalition
Children's Policy Council
Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Be Part of Making A Difference!