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Prevention Workforce Needs Assessment

HCA and the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) are conducting a survey to inform future workforce development efforts. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes.

Summer 2021 Webinar Series


Despite enormous progress in reducing smoking, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and imposes a terrible toll on families, businesses and government. Anti-smoking efforts have not been directed toward people with behavioral health conditions as they have toward the general population resulting in tobacco-related disparities.

The Washington State Health Care Authority and Washington State Department of Health are excited to host summer webinars on integrating tobacco treatment in behavioral health. Expert speakers will share their experience, knowledge, and best practices on the topics of tobacco cessation, pharmacotherapy, intervention, youth and adult treatment including criminal justice populations, policy guidance, and integrating tobacco treatment into organizations.

This webinar series is ideal for behavioral health professionals, tobacco use dependence treatment (TUDT) professionals, tobacco intervention specialists, or any public health professional who is interested in strengthening their knowledge and skills.

Webinar Topics:

Access all this and more at the webinar series landing page:


When Opioid Pain Relievers Are Prescribed For Your Child: What You Should Know

Opioid pain relievers are most often prescribed following surgery or to treat cancer pain — situations less common to young people.

However, there are situations or ailments for which opioids may be recommended for your child. These include accidental injury, after oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth, sickle cell disease and other pediatric chronic pain conditions.

Opioid pain relievers are powerful drugs; they are very similar to heroin and are habit-forming. This is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends against prescribing opioids for long-term treatment of chronic pain. Even for the treatment of short-term pain, opioid pain relievers should only be prescribed and taken sparingly.

The risk of addiction grows when the patient is a teen or young adult because their brains are still developing. If your teen or young adult is prescribed an opioid, be sure to control the medication, dispense it only as prescribed, and closely monitor signs of misuse or growing dependence.

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Resource Brochure

Prevent Coalition Podcast

"Welcome to the Prevent Coalition Podcast. We're sharing stories and strategies to help coalitions and organizations reach their full potential."

Listen at The podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, the Apple Podcast app and other familiar streaming services.

Episodes archived at

safely dispose of unwanted or expired medication. 1) drop off at drop box. visit 2) mail back. Request an envelope:

Did you know unwanted medications can be disposed of year-round at several collection sites across Southwest Washington?

You can drop-off expired and unused medicine year-round for free disposal at drop box collection sites conveniently located at participating retail and clinic pharmacies and law enforcement offices. You can also use a free mail-back service to safely dispose of your unwanted medications. Prescription and over-the-counter medication including controlled substances, such as painkillers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies and pharmacies for safe, free disposal. Sharps and syringes can be taken for free disposal to local participating transfer and recovery centers.

Visit to find nearby drop-off collection sites that accept medicine for safe, free disposal or to order pre-paid postage envelopes to dispose of medicine by mail. To protect the safety of others, our drinking water and the environment, do not flush or throw away unused prescription and non-prescription medication. Medicine not properly disposed of increases the risks for being misused by those for who it wasn’t prescribed for, potentially putting pets and children at risk of accidental poisonings and polluting the environment and our drinking water with these substances.

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

This message is brought to you by Prevent Coalition whose mission is connecting and supporting communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance use. To that end, one of our primary goals is to measurably decrease the availability of drugs and alcohol among the youth in our community. When you dispose of medications at a drop-box location or through a mail-back program, you are a part of this change process. Please join the Prevent Coalition and our youth substance use prevention collation partners with our efforts to dispose of our unused medication using a drop-off location or mail-back program.

2021 Ken and Dean Kirn Scholarship Available

The 2021 Ken and Dean Kirn Scholarship is available to any person that has lived at Open House Ministries in Vancouver, Washington during their life, as an adult or youth OR any person that has graduated from Daybreak Youth Services. Applicants must be a resident of Clark or Cowlitz County, Washington and plan to continue their education at Clark College, Lower Columbia College, or WSU Vancouver during the upcoming school year.

The award amount is $3,000 per year. Students must maintain 3.0 GPA to be renewable.

The scholarship can be found on our website at or applicants can go directly to the following link to apply:

Summer Self-Care Bingo by ESD 123

Similar to the Better You Bingo project by the Clark County STASHA program, ESD 123 has created an amazing Bingo card for youth and community members to complete and earn prizes.

The bingo card also comes with a summer resource packet for anyone in the ESD 123 region including Tri-Cities, Prosser, Othello, Clarkston, Walla Walla, and Kahlotus/Washtucna.

Click here to download the bingo card and resource packet or use these materials in your community.


2021 Annual Report

Thank you for joining us for the second Fiscal Year of the Rural Network. We're incredible honored and grateful to have such inspirational and dedicated volunteers. Thanks to your contributions, we have lots of activities to report on.

Click here to download our Annual Report.

Click here to download the Annual Report One-Pager.

Click here to download the Annual Report PowerPoint Presentation with visual representations.

Online Prevention Toolkit Published

Toolkit Overview

We're excited to close the fiscal year with a huge project announcement - the Online Prevention Toolkit is being released!

The Rural Network has spent a year developing this toolkit that will help prevention professionals across the state in rural areas to implement their work. The goal is to empower providers with tools that will make their jobs easier. This is a long-term project but the first two toolkit items are now available to use.

Stock Photos

We've created a stock photo gallery of images that are reflective of rural lifestyle and culture. Rural volunteers gathered, submit, sorted, and approved over 220 images from across the state that are more accurately representative of people in rural Washington. The goal is for people to be able to download and use these images in prevention flyers, campaigns, social media, and more.

Success Stories

We heard over and over during listening sessions, interviews, and assessments that rural community members have "grit" and can overcome obstacles through creativity and innovation. We wanted to capture some examples of success stories that might help inspire volunteers and coalitions to overcome challenges and barriers as they arise. These 20+ success stories are sorted into categories and submit by volunteers of the Rural Network, and help exemplify creative ways of adapting prevention strategies to local conditions.



Password: ruraltoolkit

To view the toolkit, visit The toolkit is part of the Prevent Rural website and is also housed on the Prevent Rural resource page, and the Prevent home page for easy access. Because our volunteers are sharing intimate stories and images of their actual community members, a password is included to safeguard what they are contributing to the toolkit.

In the next year, we plan to contribute even MORE photos, stories, and additional exciting assets to the online prevention toolkit.

Thank You

Thank you to our Toolkit Workgroup and dedicated volunteers who made this toolkit possible. Thank you to Laura Martin at ESD 112 Communications for developing the website and online format of the toolkit page. Thank you Mercedes Zahler of La Center United for kickstarting the workgroup last year. We couldn't have done this without you all!

Take Our Annual Evaluation Survey

If you're a member of the Rural Network or a volunteer for the rural program, please take 5 minutes to submit an annual evaluation survey. The tool will help us assess our effectiveness, work towards our goals, and improve your experience.

Take the Survey Today.

At the end of the survey is space to insert any strategy, activity, cause, etc. that you'd like to see the Rural Network include or take on this coming year. Feel free to leave your contact information in that space if you'd like follow up, otherwise the survey is completely anonymous.

Rural Grant Progress

  • Photo Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more photos.
  • Story Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more stories.
  • Website: Toolkit website published!
  • Map: In Fiscal Year 3 we plan to update our "rural maps" with new 2020 Census Data after it is released in the Winter. Visit the map of coalitions across Washington. Did we miss someone? Let us know!
  • Assessment: In Fiscal Year 3 we will be updating our Healthy Youth Survey assessment with 2021 survey results once published in Spring. Visit the Resources page to access our assessment Part 1 and 2, as well as the Spanish and Russian translated assessment.
  • Professional Development: We will begin a Conference Workgroup in September to begin planning our in-person training summit.
  • Recruitment: In September we'll host another "New Member Orientation."
  • Evaluation: Visit our Resources page to access our annual report, one pager, and annual outcomes presentation. Click here to take the Year End Evaluation survey.
For a full grant progress timeline visit

Mark Your Calendar

Prevent Coalition events:

Locks Save Lives Phase 2 Stakeholder Committee

Wednesday July 21

10-11:30 a.m.

Online conference call.

For stakeholders of the campaign and opioid prevention partners.

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

NOTICE: No Meeting In July - Enjoy summer break & see you in August!

For Coalition Coordinators & staff in SW Washington.

Rural Network Meeting

NOTICE: No Meeting In July - Enjoy summer break & see you in August!

For rural volunteers, representatives & leaders across Washington.

Rural Steering Committee

Thursday July 27

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For Steering Committee Members of the network.

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Thank You

Connection Is the Best Prevention

Our mission is connecting and supporting communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance use. We envision a healthy, thriving community free of substance abuse.

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