August events, resources, opportunities, & more.


Rural Prevention Conference 2022

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Registration Now Open!

Experience two days of learning, networking, and solution-building focused on substance misuse prevention in rural Washington State communities at the inaugural Rural Prevention Conference, held at the Yakima Convention Center, September 22 – 23, 2022. This conference is designed for community leaders, residents, and professionals who seek to create a stronger Washington State. No former experience or association with the Rural Prevention program is necessary – all who are interested are welcome to register and attend.

Registration is FREE (although attendance is capped at the first 100 to register), and teachers can earn seven professional clock hours by attending, for a nominal fee.

For more details or register for the conference, please visit:

Where: In-Person - Yakima Convention Center, 10 N 8th St, Yakima, WA 98901

When: Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 12 – 4 p.m.

& Friday, September 23, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Event Website: Click here to visit event website

Take Down Tobacco Youth Advocacy Tour - Coming to Portland Oregon August 15-16!

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is going on the road with their Take Down Tobacco Youth Advocacy Tour. The first stop on the tour will be Portland, OR, on August 15-16, 2022.

The Take Down Tobacco Youth Advocacy Tour is geared toward youth advocates who are interested in becoming Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Youth Ambassadors. These are advocates ready to take on the tobacco industry and fight for social and health justice.

Attendees will participate in workshops on community organizing, media engagement, activism tactics, writing and more. They'll also gain real-world experience by working alongside seasoned advocates, building networks and meeting with legislators.

Participants will leave with key advocacy skills to continue fighting for tobacco control efforts in their communities — skills that can be applied to any issue important to them and their peers.

The events are free of charge, and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will cover costs associated with attending – including travel, meals and lodging!


Deadline to Register is Friday August, 12, 2022!

Click here for printable flyer.

Parent Vape Education Night

CORE Health of Longview, WA is providing a Parent Vape Education Night at their CORE Ascent Youth Center. Food and a child activity will be provided.

Where: In-Person: 1400 Commerce Avenue, Longview, WA 98632

When: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 5:30PM-6:30PM

How to Register: Please RSVP at

More Information: Contact Leah Parsons, Community Relations Coordinator,


Printable Flyer: Click Here!


Tulalip Tribes sues Juul, claiming e-cigarette maker targeted youth with ‘deceptive’ ads

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington are the latest plaintiffs to sue e-cigarette behemoth Juul Labs for targeting adolescents — including tribal youth — with misleading ads that downplayed the product’s addictive properties.

Read the full story (The Columbian)

Prevent Coalition Completes CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute

Thirteen staff and partners from Prevent Coalition joined around 2,000 participants representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders. It was an incredible opportunity to network with thousands of advocates passionate about prevention.

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is a four-day event packed with innovative and engaging courses and opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance abuse. Approximately 66 training sessions were available this summer. Prevent Coalition's Prevention Youth Services Manager, Leanne Reid, was a presenter for two of the training sessions!

Prevent Coalition staff and partners look forward to using the training received from top experts in the field, latest science, trends, tools and strategies to create healthy, thriving, and substance-free communities in our region and around Washington.

Prevent Welcomes New Coordinator

Prevent Coalition is pleased to welcome Logan Morrow to the team as a Community Prevention Project Coordinator. Logan will assist with Prevent Coalition action plans and provide support to community based prevention coalitions in our region.

Logan is a Certified Prevention Professional and prior to joining Prevent Coalition worked as a Student Assistance Professional providing school-based prevention/intervention and served on the board of a local coalition for many years. Logan begins on September 1st. We are thrilled she is joining the team!

*If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction to opioids, now is the time to get help. Programs are available across Washington state to help you live an opioid-free life. Find out more at or Washington State residents can call the Washington Recovery Helpline at 866-789-1511 for confidential crisis intervention and treatment referral services.

Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) Data Search and Visualization - A New Tool From Clark County Public Health

Clark County Public Health (CCPH) created a new tool to simplify the review of Washington State Healthy Youth Survey Data. The tool provides a number of useful features:

  • Ability to view trend data going back to 2004 by risk factor, protective factor, demographics, substance, and more
  • Instant feedback on your search results that describes what type of data is being viewed and considerations for interpretation
  • Option to view data from a specific county, region, or State level
  • Cross-tab data search functionality
  • Toggle between in-browser view and full screen view

You may view and use this tool on the Prevent Coalition Data & Reports webpage (

Prevent Coalition would like to thank the Clark County Public Health HAE (Health Assessment & Evaluation) team for creating such a useful tool! After viewing the tool, if you have feedback or suggestions for improvement please feel free to contact Christopher Belisle, Prevent Coalition Project Coordinator (

FDA Vaping Prevention Campaign Targets American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Vapes Are Like Tricksters. Don't Be Fooled. | Next Legends

In 2022, FDA launched “Next Legends” – a new youth e-cigarette prevention campaign that aims to educate American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth, ages 12-17, about the harms of vaping. Native youth are more susceptible to tobacco than their non-Native peers, and they demonstrate disproportionately high experimentation and current use of e-cigarettes.

The “Next Legends” campaign uses unique branding and tailored messaging that is specifically designed to educate AI/AN youth on the harmful effects of vaping. Inspire a new generation of AI/AN teens to live Native strong and vape-free.

Videos, posters, social media, and downloadable campaign materials are available on the FDA Next Legends Campaign website (click here!).

Free Online Mental Health Awareness Tool For 18-29 Year-olds

This anonymous program developed at the University of Washington was designed to be a private, personal, self-check in for young adults ages 18-29 in Washington (though anyone 18 and older may take it). It provides tailored information designed to promote reflection on feelings, learn coping strategies, and improve health and well-being. It can be accessed 24/7 from any device with an internet browser.

There are no costs to anyone who accesses the program. The program is sponsored by the Washington State Health Care Authority.

Click here to access the website.

Lesson Plans and Videos from NIDA

Planning curriculum for the fall? The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has a collection of free lessons and activities on the science and consequences of drug use. All lessons are based on national science and education standards and were developed by scientists from leading universities and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Each lesson has downloadable teacher and student materials.

Click here to check out the lessons!

Also available are NIDA Scientist Virtual Q&A Videos. Educators can use these videos as stand alone lessons or integrate them into existing curriculum. These short videos provide answers to teens’ top questions about drug use and addiction. Also great for educating adults!

Click here to check out the scientist virtual Q&A videos!

Print Materials and Downloads - Tobacco Education Resource Library

The Tobacco Education Resource Library, from FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, provides tobacco education resources. The resource website offers digital and print content for state and local health officials, nonprofit organizations, and schools to support public outreach and education efforts.

Available materials are free to download and use. They are available for a wide range of commercial tobacco prevention topics, audiences, and in different languages. Unable to print materials yourself? Place an order and use upon delivery. Perfect for prevention groups and coalitions operating on a limited budget.

Click here to visit the Tobacco Education Resource Library website.

Teens 14-19 can work out for free all summer at Planet Fitness

You read that right! Teens 14-19 can work out for free this summer at Planet Fitness. Teens under 18 will need parent/guardian permission. The free access pass expires on August 31, 2022.

Click here to learn more and sign up on the Planet Fitness website.

CADCA Releases New Advocacy Toolkit

This guide will teaches how to engage in advocacy for substance use prevention, but the principles covered can be applied to any advocacy effort at any level of government. The guide explains how to be a vocal, visible and valuable advocate and gives an overview of the difference between education and lobbying. It provides guidance for developing an effective advocacy strategy. It explains the federal legislative process and will help you prepare to meet with legislators. Even if you are unable to travel to Washington, DC or to your state capitol, the guide offers information on other types of advocacy activities.

Click here to visit the toolkit website!

Prevention Voices WA - 2022 Interim

Washington Legislature 101 - The 2022 Interim

If you are interested in impacting policy during the next legislative session (January 2023) watch this 8 minute video created by Prevention Voices WA. It provides strategies and information that prevention professionals can apply to their policymaking efforts during the legislative interim, which is happening right now!

2022 Election: Click here to learn who is running in your district.

Find out who is your current legislator: Click here to visit the website.

International Overdose Awareness Day - August 31st

International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, stimulate action and discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy, and remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. International Overdose Awareness Day was initiated in 2001 by Sally J Finn at The Salvation Army in St Kilda, Melbourne.

A huge collection of campaign materials are available including posters, flyers, social media graphics, marketing messages, and campaign ideas for prevention clubs or coalitions.

Click here to visit the International Overdose Awareness Day website.

*Storing medicine in a locked location is the single most effective deterrent to accidental poisonings, overdose, medicine theft, and misuse that can lead to prescription drug addiction. Stay informed and talk with loved ones about the risks for ingesting or taking medicine not prescribed for them and benefits of safeguarding your medications. Learn more at

Rural Grant Progress

  • Evaluation: Click here to take the annual evaluation survey for the Rural Network.
  • Outcomes: We're compiling our annual outcomes for the year. They will be live one our website once they are finalized.
  • Conference: Registration is open! We will update the agenda as we get confirmation from key speakers. Click here to access.
  • Training: Thank you for attending the Cultural Competency for Rural Communities training series. Access materials and minutes at the culture web page.
  • Recruitment: Welcome to the Rural Network! In 2021-22, we gained 40 new members.
  • Steering: Welcome Brisa Sanchez to the Steering Committee!
  • Toolkit: We hosted a workgroup meeting in June to discuss adding rural elements to the Find Your Good campaign.
  • Photo Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more photos.
  • Story Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more stories.

For a full grant progress timeline visit

Southwest Region Events

Locks Save Lives Stakeholder Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For stakeholders of the campaign and opioid prevention partners.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 29, 2022

In-person event held in various locations, TBD

Visit event website.

Rural Network Events

Rural Steering Committee

Tuesday, August 16

1-2:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Develop the plan, guide the implementation, evaluate the results.

Rural Network Meeting

Tuesday, August 30

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Implement the action plan. Review Rural Healthy Youth Survey Needs Assessment results.

All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Relevant events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:

Youth Summit

August 16, 2022 -12:00pm-4:00pm

River City Church, 2400 E Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA

"Own Your Future"

Visit registration webpage.


Ethics in Prevention Foundations

(Virtually moderated 6-hour course)

August 22 - September 2, 2022

No Fee, Limited Space Available

This two-week, asynchronous moderated course, adapted from the original SAMHSA Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) course, explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area to facilitate discussion with other course participants. Course meets requirements for prevention specialist credentialing.

Visit the registration website.

2022 Multicultural Fair

September17, 2022 -11:00am-3:00pm

Clark College, Gaiser Hall, Vancouver, WA

"Reuniting, Reconnecting, Revitalizing"

Visit event webpage.

View event flyer.

Bridging the Gaps, Direct Connect Event

September17, 2022 -10:00am-2:00pm

Bridgeview Resource Center, 505 Omaha Way, Vancouver, WA

"An opportunity for community organizations to gather

together and provide assistance directly to those in need"

View event flyer.

Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA)

Annual Conference for Health 2022

Oct. 11 - 13, 2022

Wenatchee, WA

"Identity, Diversity, Belonging - Facilitating an end to systemic injustices"

Visit registration website.


Cannabis Pharmacology for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners

(Self-paced course)

NEW 3-part (4.5 hour) cannabis pharmacology series from the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Cannabis Prevention Working Group. Review updated, science-based information on cannabis to better-equip prevention professionals & coalitions to serve their communities.

Registration and training via the website.


Pharmacology for Prevention Professionals

(Self-paced course)

Explore the basics of how substances impact major brain regions and the acute and chronic symptoms associated with different substances. Certificates of 1.5 hours for each of the following four courses: Basics of Pharmacology and Alcohol, Basics of Pharmacology and Opioids, Basics of Pharmacology and Psychostimulants (Cocaine & Methamphetamine), and Basics of Pharmacology and Cannabis.

Learn more and enroll via the website.

Advancing Applications of HOPE, the Science of the Positive, and Positive Community Norms

This two-hour, virtual interactive workshop led by The Montana Institute will provide an overview of the Science of the Positive, Positive Community Norms, and Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE) frameworks and how they can be used in harmony to promote child development, grow Positive Childhood Experiences, and promote a healing-centered approach to help children and adults increase resiliency.

The workshop will include current research-findings and applications of these frameworks and will provide participants with opportunities to consider and discuss how they might advance these applications in their own unique contexts.

Where: Virtual

When: August 29, 2022. 9:00-11:00am (PST)

Registration: Click here to register!

This training qualifies for two hours of General Prevention Education toward a Certified Prevention Professional certification and/or renewal through the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington

PTTC offering SAPST

Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that improve substance-related outcomes, reduce behavioral health disparities, and improve wellness.

The Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network is offering this innovative training in a virtual format that blends a pre-requisite self-paced online course with a combination of live interactive sessions. Individual homework assignments will be completed before and between the live sessions.

When: September 12, 15, 19, and 22, 2022

Details: Click here for September session application and details.

Registration Deadline August 22, 2022

2022 National Prevention Network Annual Conference

The purpose of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference is to highlight the latest research in the substance use prevention field. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.

This year's conference theme, "The Power of HOPE: Healthy Opportunities for Prevention to Empower Change."

Where: Virtual

When: August 23-25, 2022

Registration Deadline: Early bird registration ends July 15th

More Information:

Cannabis Action Conference, Sept. 20-21

The fifth annual CannAct Conference (formerly Public Health-Marijuana Summit) brings public health professionals, prevention specialists, equity advocates, public safety professionals, tobacco prevention professionals, partners, and other advocates together virtually to discuss the new and changing legalized cannabis landscape in our communities. The conference focus is policy, system and environmental change.

Where: Virtual

When: September 20-21, 2022

Registration Deadline: Earlybird registration ends September 1st.

More Information:

2022 Prevention Summit

The Prevention Summit is an enriching training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers, and professionals engaged in health promotion and the prevention of substance misuse, violence, and other high-risk behaviors, in a setting that promotes cultural humility. The 2022 is still under development. More information will be available in future newsletters, or visit the event website for updates.

Where: Virtual and in-person - Yakima, WA

When: November 8-9, 2022

Registration: Not yet open (as of June 5, 2002)

More Information: Visit event webpage (

Thank You.

Connection is the Best Prevention

Supported by the fiscal agent ESD 112, Prevent is a regional coalition formed in 2003 to increase collaboration, awareness, and reduce youth substance use in Southwest Washington. Prevent also implements initiatives for rural communities across Washington state. As a community mobilizer, the coalition creates a culture promoting healthy choices; advocates for policies and regulations that protect, empowers and nurtures youth; and facilitates positive opportunities for youth to be involved and thrive.