September Coalition News

Prevent Coalition Events, Resources, Opportunities and more.

Prevent Coalition: Connection is the Best Prevention
Watch the video to learn about the Prevent story and hear from a few founding members.

Prevent started in 2003 as a small group of concerned citizens, reacting to community needs. The program today coordinates local, regional, and statewide grants.

Thank you for your continued support over the years, and for years to come!


Results of 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) shared the results of their 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a nationwide survey of middle and high school students that tracks trends in youth health behaviors.

View the full report and a breakdown of key findings on the CDC DASH website.

Healthy Youth Survey Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of school facilities re-opening this fall, administration of the 2020 Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) has been postponed and alternative administration options are currently being explored.

The Healthy Youth Survey Planning Committee is committed to supporting schools with valuable data to inform critical student support services, however, the administration of Healthy Youth Survey this fall is not feasible in the current environment and is not the best way to support schools and students during this difficult time.

Updates will be posted on as plans evolve. Questions? Contact


Behavioral Health COVID Toolbox for Families

The Department of Health/Health Care Authority published a COVID-19 Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families. The toolkit gives tips on how to understand emotional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This resource is designed to help families and children to recognize the signs of pandemic stress and know what actions to take.


Executive Summary Now Available

Click here to access the Rural Needs Assessment Executive Summary. Thank you Tammy Maine, Health Educator for North East Tri-County Health District, for creating this amazing resource!

The Rural Needs Assessment Report was conducted March 2020 – June 2020 by Educational Service District 112 and Prevent Coalition to develop a foundational understanding of community, youth marijuana/cannabis use, and prevention in rural populations.

Click here to access the full Rural Needs Assessment Report.

Contact to learn more.

Next Rural Network Meeting

We meet the last Tuesday of every month from 2-3:30 p.m.

Rural Network Meeting

Tuesday September 29

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Email for invite. Link and password emailed the day prior.

Click here to access August meeting minutes.


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Latest Grant Updates

Full updates will be provided during meetings and in minutes. Highlights include:

  • Website: Over the next year, we will begin developing an online prevention toolkit. If you have ideas for our website, please let us know.
  • Sector Representatives: We welcome new members! If you're interested in connecting prior to your first meeting, attend one of our Office Hour meetings.
  • Assessment: The Executive Summary is complete! Now the Epidemiologists are implementing Assessment Part 2, Healthy Youth Survey data analysis.
  • Toolkit: This year, we will reflect on our data to begin developing an online prevention toolkit. We will begin working on the toolkit in September.
  • Sub-Contract: The Epidemiology team has been granted access to statewide rural Healthy Youth Survey data and will develop a Needs Assessment Report Part 2 later this year.

For a full grant progress timeline visit

Virtual Prevention Summit November 3-4, 2020

Submit Your Community Prevention Video

Submission deadline: September 11, 2020.

Send the Prevention Summit a video telling us or showing how you envision the possibilities for prevention in your community!

The first-ever virtual Prevention Summit with be held November 3-4, 2020. This year our theme is 2020: Envision the Possibilities. We are eager to reflect on the progress within our field and how we can access these important milestones to envision the possibilities for youth, families and communities through the lens of prevention.

Be sure to include the following elements in your video:

  • Your name
  • Coalition name or agency name
  • Community/location
  • The following prompt: “When I/we envision the possibilities for prevention in our community, I/we imagine…”
  • Don’t forget to invite other community partners to join you!

Video files should be saved as .mov or mp4 and should be submitted to with “Prevention Summit Video Clip” in the subject line. Be sure there is a local media release on file for all participants (youth and adult).

About the Summit

The goal of the Prevention Summit is to provide an enriching and culturally competent training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers and professionals working toward the prevention of substance abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors as well as integrating such prevention efforts with primary health care. For more information, visit our website at


Mark Your Calendar

Prevent Coalition events:

Online Training: How to Facilitate Online

Wednesday September 2

10-11:30 a.m.

Free registration deadline August 28.

Rural Office Hours (Register for guidance/Technical Assistance. No formal agenda)

Wednesday September 2

1-2 p.m.

Online virtual conference call.

Prevent Story Video Premier

Thursday September 3

3 p.m. Online Viewing Session

Facebook Live

Rural Network Meeting (Collaboration of rural volunteers and leaders across Washington)

Tuesday September 29

2-3:30 p.m.

Online virtual conference call.

Coalition Coordinators Meeting (For Coalition staff in the SW Washington region)

Date coming soon.

Time coming soon.

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Thank You

Connection is the Best Prevention

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