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Policy Report. Linda J. Graham, Health Policy Specialist Board of Health January 30, 2014. Health Policy Specialist. Policy Analyst Coordinate internal process of policy development, analysis, prioritization and implementation Developing standardized process and tools Support BOH

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policy report

Policy Report

Linda J. Graham, Health Policy Specialist

Board of Health

January 30, 2014

health policy specialist
Health Policy Specialist

Policy Analyst

  • Coordinate internal process of policy development, analysis, prioritization and implementation
  • Developing standardized process and tools
  • Support BOH
  • Analyze impacts of policies on SRHD

Educate on Health in All Policies

Legislative/Elected Official Liaison

  • Federal, state and local
state legislative priorities
State Legislative Priorities

SRHD will actively engage legislators in discussions concerning these policy bills/budget requests:

  • Tobacco Settlement Funds for Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Efforts
  • Healthiest Next Generation
  • Public Health Nurse Dispensing of Medication
  • Marijuana Education Funding

SRHD will also monitor numerous other policy bills/budget requests and take action where appropriate.

youth marijuana use
Youth Marijuana Use

Statewide

Spokane

26%

27%

19%

18%

youth marijuana use1
Youth Marijuana Use

Youth Admissions to Treatment by Drug

60%+

20%+

youth marijuana use2
Youth Marijuana Use

Statewide

Spokane

62%

57%

38%

34%

youth marijuana use3
Youth Marijuana Use

Impacts:

  • Long term health impacts
  • Higher risk of teen suicide
  • Other risky behaviors
  • School performance
youth marijuana use5
Youth Marijuana Use

Accidental Exposures Potentially More Likely:

According to the Washington Poison Center, at least 15 toddlers in our state were treated last year at local hospitals after adverse exposure to marijuana.

Doctors concerned it is only going to get worse with legalization of recreational use.

adult marijuana use1
Adult Marijuana Use

12%

5.9%

5.0%

5.0%

4.3%

3.4%

2.8%

2.7%

0.1%

25-43

44-64

Male

18-24

Washington

Urban

Female

65+

Rural

adult marijuana use2
Adult Marijuana Use

4.3%

25-43

44-64

Male

18-24

Washington

Urban

Female

65+

Rural

4.6%

25-43

44-64

Male

18-24

Washington

Urban

Female

65+

Rural

adult marijuana use3
Adult Marijuana Use

64.8%

62.7%

59.7%

57.9%

57.4%

54.6%

55.2%

52.3%

42.3%

Urban

Washington

Male

Rural

Female

65+

44-64

18-24

25-43