Focus on the Future – TOGETHER! The name says a lot. Since the first Focus on the Future conference in 2007, hundreds of compelling speakers – experts from across the country and around the world – and thousands of attendees have shared knowledge, experience, and a vision of strong community health programs around problem gambling and addiction. Focus on the Future – TOGETHER! has also provided the opportunity to partner with other community health focused organizations, agencies, schools and universities, and more. We are honored to partner this year with TOGETHER!, whose vision is to ensure that all young people are supported, healthy, safe, and valued. In fact, we believe that partnerships are the cornerstone for building strong, sustainable, community health programs that achieve long-term change. Sustainability includes the capacity to take on new issues as they emerge. In the real world, problem gambling programs and services cannot exist in a silo. Neither can programs and services for other addictions or for mental health and behavioral health issues.
Focus on the Future – TOGETHER! will combine the best of the annual conferences both our organizations have offered over the years to provide valuable insights on the tools and resources available for effective treatment, prevention, and community engagement, as well as offering information on trends and innovative topics in gambling, gaming, community resiliency, advocacy, issues around opioids, tobacco, and marijuana, internet addiction, therapeutic justice, homelessness, and community service models.
All of us at the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling and TOGETHER! thank all of you who make such an important difference in our diverse communities to provide support and services and work toward community engagement to increase awareness of and develop prevention models around addictions, violence, homelessness, and more. As individuals and organizations, we bring diverse skills and experience to the table to share. We also share a vision of making our communities healthier places to live. We can achieve this vision; this Focus on the Future – TOGETHER!
Brad Owen, Honorary Chair
Former Washington State Lieutenant Governor, Retired
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