March events, resources, opportunities, & more.


Prevent Coalition Renews Funding

Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) and Prevent Coalition have been selected to be the Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program (YCCTPP) contractor for the Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health (SWACH) region. The competitive grant from Washington Department of Health provides funding to plan, coordinate, and implement youth cannabis and commercial tobacco prevention activities over the next five years.

"We want to thank all our partners for their ongoing support," said Christopher Belisle, Regional Prevention Project Coordinator with Prevent. "We have an incredibly connected community in the southwest region and are excited to continue what we've built together. We look forward to engaging stakeholders over the next few months for strategic planning and needs assessment."

Prevent plans to continue implementing their existing programs in addition to creating new partnerships, developing new toolkits and campaigns, and deepening connections to the communities within the region. The grant allows Prevent to continue building collaboration and connection – uniting prevention efforts and bridging gaps.

If you’d like to be part of the SW Regional Network who participates in this tobacco/cannabis work, please contact

While You Were Streaming: Nicotine on Demand

New Truth Initiative Report Shows Troubling Use of Tobacco Imagery

Tobacco remains rampant in the year’s most popular shows, movies, and music videos, fueling the ongoing youth e-cigarette epidemic

Research shows exposure to on-screen tobacco imagery makes young people 3 times more likely to start vaping nicotine. As young people watched more video content than ever before in 2020, smoking and vaping imagery lit up their screens. Tobacco use was rampant in some of the most watched entertainment of the year, including the most popular and binge-watched shows among 15- to 24-year-olds, as well as this year’s chart-topping movies and music videos. Smoking, often portrayed as glamorous and edgy, remains pervasive onscreen even as research warns that exposure to it can influence young people to start smoking and vaping.

Read the full article here

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Vaping 101 : Key Concepts, Trends, and Evidence

This free webinar presented by the Washington Poison Center will provide information about vaping devices, health concerns, youth vaping trends and risks. Ideal for prevention professionals, parents, educators, and community members. Hosted by Prevent Coalition of Southwest Washington.

When: Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 2 p.m.—3 p.m. PST

Where: Zoom

Registration Link:

Printable Flyer

April 30th is DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The 22nd DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10am – 2pm. Local organizations and law enforcement across the nation will be hosting Drug Take Back Events in their communities to help residents properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication. These events are an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse as well as the importance for removing unused and expired prescription and nonprescription medication from the home–making community members safer, healthier, and more informed.

In Clark and Skamania counties substance misuse prevention coalitions, law enforcement, and community agencies are teaming up to host six event sites. See below for a list of event locations. Details and frequently asked questions can be found here and event flyers coming SOON!


PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care
33rd & Main (South Back Lot), Vancouver
* Accepting Sharps & syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries

Kaiser Permanente – ORCHARDS
7101 NE 137th Ave., Vancouver
* Not accepting Sharps or syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries

Battle Ground Police Department
507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground
* Not accepting Sharps or syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries

Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue
1220 A St., Washougal
* Not accepting Sharps or syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries

Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department
31501 NW 31st Ave., Ridgefield
(La Center Exit I-5, south of Ilani Casino)
* Not accepting Sharps or syringes
* Not accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes


Skamania County Sheriff’s Department
200 Vancouver Ave., Stevenson
* Not accepting Sharps or syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries

Any day can be a Drug Take Back Day

MED-Project provides convenient free year-round medicine drop-off locations, such as pharmacies, medical facilities, and law enforcement offices. They also offer a free mail-back service where you can order prepaid postage envelopes to safely dispose of unused and expired medicine by mail.

  1. Community kiosk drop-off sites: Drop-off expired or unwanted medication for free and proper disposal at a convenient location near you.
  2. Mail-Back Services: Free of charge to all Washington residents upon request to dispose of expired or unwanted medication including inhalers and prefilled injector products.

Take-back programs are the only safe and proper way to dispose of unused and expired medication. Find out more at

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

Strengthening Families Program Facilitator Training

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based family skills training program for high-risk and general population families that is recognized both nationally and internationally. Parents and youth attend weekly SFP skills classes together, learning parenting skills and youth life and refusal skills.

This training is for those interested in becoming a certified SFP facilitator for 10-14 year olds. The training will be held in-person on March 14-16, 2022 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For more information including location, cost, and the registration link please visit the event website.

Deadline to register: March 10, 2022. Space is limited.

Click here for event website.

Take Down Tobacco - National Day of Action April 1st

Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is coming back on April Fools’ Day – and this year, youth advocates across the country will join together to call Big Tobacco’s bluff and expose them for who they really are: jokers who gamble with people’s lives.

Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, this event provides free resources and activities to engage youth prevention groups and organizations in tobacco and vaping prevention at their school and in their community. Registration is optional. Additional resources are expected throughout March including a "Joker Takedown" online card game that can be used for education. Visit the event website for more information.

A webinar will be offered to preview the resources and discuss creative event ideas on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, @1:30 pm PST. Click here to register for the webinar.

Alcohol Awareness Toolkit: #ProofIsInTheNumbers

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. To raise awareness about alcohol-related harms and the importance of alcohol policy safeguards, the NW PTTC launched the Alcohol Awareness Toolkit: #ProofIsInTheNumbers.

The Alcohol Awareness Toolkit seeks to raise awareness about alcohol-related harms, the importance of strong alcohol policies, and encourage engagement from prevention and public health stakeholders to strategically educate and inform decision makers about effective alcohol policies.

The Northwest PTTC is excited to bring these resources to communities and encourage prevention partners to use the materials to raise awareness. Engagement materials, technical assistance, and more is available on the toolkit website.

Coping During COVID: Building Teen Resilience

Coping During COVID: Building Teen Resilience

The mental and emotional health of communities is as equally important as physical health. Our experience during the COVID-19 pandemic can be complicated and challenging, and navigating it has an impact on our bodies, minds, and emotions.

Kelso School District held an informative virtual town hall event for Kelso teens and their families with Dr. Kira Mauseth and the Washington State Department of Health. In the presentation titled, "Coping During COVID: Building Teen Resilience ", Dr. Mauseth explained the emotional impacts of the pandemic, what's happening in your brain because of it, and gives strategies for coping and building resilience. The presentation is approximately 30 minutes long and uses known science and data to help explain what people are experiencing.

You can view the PowerPoint slides here. Please feel free to share far and wide - we're all in this together.

How are ACEs, overdose and suicide related?

Understanding ACEs, Overdose, and Suicide

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new training website that addresses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), overdose, and suicide. The website provides videos and audio recordings, infographics, a collective messaging framework, talking points, and a customizable presentation template, all of which can be used as tools to educate and raise awareness about the intersection of these urgent public health challenges.

Join NIDA's National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Your efforts to empower teens and young adults to make informed decisions about drugs and alcohol and to support their mental health are more important than ever. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites you to join in during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), March 21–27, 2022. NDAFW is a week-long national health observance highlighting the science-based facts about drugs, alcohol, and addiction. Learn how to register your event, and how to get free materials for teens including the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz.

Learn more about this event on the NIDA website.

Tobacco Point of Sale Preemption Playbook

Local governments often lead the way in adopting laws and policies to improve health outcomes and reduce inequities, including policies concerning tobacco in retail stores. But state preemption can thwart local efforts to adopt laws and policies that promote health and equity.

The Tobacco Point of Sale Preemption Playbook, a new resource from Counter Tools and ChangeLab Solutions, equips tobacco prevention staff and their partners with the knowledge, context, and resources needed to understand how preemption influences their work. In this resource, learn more about the different forms preemption can take, key steps and legal considerations for determining local authority, and strategies communities across the country are using to make progress despite preemption of local point-of-sale tobacco policies.

Watch Live Coverage - TVW (

See unedited coverage of committee hearings, testimony, floor debate, press conferences, and much more. Search the archive for recorded events or tune in live!

Bill Information (

Search by bill number, or list bills by many other methods from links. The bottom of each bill page has links to TVW video of hearings and floor action. See the Bill Report for a useful high-level summary of the bill policy, background, and hearing testimony.

Current Laws (RCWs) and Rules (WACs) (

Find RCWs or WAC by number or by title.

Budget Information on LEAP budget website (

Provides detail on budget proposals and links to Citizen’s Guides to WA State budgets.

Legislative Information Center (

Useful resource on the legislative website. Click on the Classes & Tutorials link to find great handouts and videos and live class info.

Committee Information (

Sign Up for Email Updates on Committee Hearing Schedules (

Testifying in Committee or Submitting Comments (


Rural Grant Progress

  • Conference: We've selected the date, location, and identified topics to address for the conference. At our next meeting we'll decide the structure of the event, how many days it is, and look at agenda.
  • Policy: The Rural Network has mobilized several volunteers for outreach on policy, including partnering with the American Heart Association, Prevention Voices, and more. Thank you to all who have shared their stories with decision makers on our behalf. Next, we look forward to publicly recognizing specific legislators for their prevention efforts.
  • Toolkit: Thank you to those who provided feedback during the workgroup meeting and the Network meeting for Department of Health and the You Can campaign. We look forward to further co-creating materials from a rural lens.
  • Training: We hosted a Healthy Youth Survey data training in February to prepared for March release of survey results. Stay tuned for our next training opportunity.
  • Recruitment: Look towards our events section below to attend the next New Member Orientation event in March. This is optional but helps to build connections, prepare members and create a space to ask questions. This time, the orientation will be in the format of a mock-meeting.
  • 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

Prevent Coalition Office Hours

Tuesday, March 8

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For SW Washington Coalition Coordinators to receive Technical Assistance.

Regional Drug-Take-Back Committee Meeting

Wednesday March 30

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Online conference call.

For regional Drug-Take-Back event stakeholders.

Locks Save Lives Home Stakeholder Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 20

10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Online conference call.

For stakeholders of the campaign and opioid prevention partners.

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Rural Network Events

Rural Steering Committee

Monday March 7

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Online conference call

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

Rural Conference Workgroup

Tuesday, March 22

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Plan our in-person training and collaboration event for October 2022 in Moses Lake

New Member Orientation (optional event)

Wednesday, March 23

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Online conference call

Learn our mission, approach, and culture. Prospective, new, & current members welcome.

Rural Network

Tuesday, March 29

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Topic to be determined. Work collaboratively across the state on our goals and mission.

Rural Steering Committee

Monday April 4

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Online conference call

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

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Training & Events

Relevant events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:


Navigating Transformation: Increasing Health & Safety with Positive Community Norms

June 21-24

Led by Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, Dr. Jason Kilmer, and the Montana Institute Training Team, the Montana Summer Institute will include dynamic presentations on Positive Community Norms, the Science of the Positive, Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences, The Positive and Social Equity, and more. Attendees have the option of in-person or virtual attendance. Registration fee required.

Visit registration website.


Fireside Chat with Dr. Gillian Schauer: Cannabis Policy and Regulation

March 9, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Schauer, executive director of the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA), will talk and answer questions about the latest information on policies and regulations regarding cannabis and cannabinoids. Co-hosted by Washington Department of Health.

Visit registration website.

Northwest PTTC (Prevention Technology Transfer Center)

On-the-Spot Panel Discussion: Engaging Key Decision Makers to Reduce Alcohol Related Harms

March 14, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PDT

Join PTTC for a discussion with public health, prevention, and regulatory experts who will share recent successes, lessons learned, and science-based tools to promote public safety and reduce alcohol-related harms. The panel will define levels of engagement efforts, provide an overview of current actions related to alcohol public safety and policy safeguards, and introduce attendees to the 2022 Alcohol Awareness Toolkit #ProofIsIntheNumbers.

Visit registration website.

CADCA (Community of Anti-Drug Coalitions of America)

Forum On-Demand!

Available now through May 16.

Interested in refreshing your memory with all the awesome information provided from the 32nd Annual National Leadership Forum? Weren't able to attend in-person to this year's Forum? No worries! Register for Forum ON-DEMAND today! Registration includes unlimited access to over 35 sessions, plenaries and partner content from the 2022 National Leadership Forum. Visit the registration website or feel free to contact for more information.

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.

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.