March Coalition Newsletter

Prevent Coalition News, Events, Updates and more.

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ESD 112 Receives Rural Communities Grant

Prevent Coalition and ESD 112 are excited to share the agency has been selected to receive the Washington State Department of Health Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program - Rural Communities Project grant.

Learn more:

The Rural Communities Project is a $150,000 per year grant renewable for up to five fiscal years to fund several prevention and education efforts specifically developed and tailored for rural communities across Washington. Activities include mapping of rural areas, performing a detailed Needs Assessment, offering and creating access to professional development, creating customized prevention tools, a tailored media campaign and more.

All this will be made possible through the coordination of a statewide "Rural Cross Sector Advisory Panel." Key informants and volunteers from all sectors of rural communities will be recruited to participate and guide these activities. If you know someone who is interested, please email

Prevent is excited to research and articulate clearly what works and what doesn't work when implementing substance abuse prevention and education strategies in rural areas.

A special thank you to those who supported our application:

  • Educational Service District 112 Superintendent Tim Merlino
  • White Salmon Valley School District Superintendent Dr. Jerry Lewis
  • Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown
  • Klickitat County Board of County Commissioners

ESD 112 began this work February 25th, 2020 and will provide updates in this same newsletter for rural readers. Learn more at

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Welcome Jesse Jimenez to Prevent!

We're excited to formally welcome Jesse Jimenez as the new Community Prevention Project Coordinator for Prevent Coalition and ESD 112. Jesse is eager to be the new lead for the Department of Health Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP) grant in Southwest Washington.

Christopher Belisle has loved coordinating the YMPEP grant and is excited to transition to coordinating the Rural Communities Project grant.

For a full list of program staff and specialties visit

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Communities Adapting "Find Your Good"

Find out some creative ways coalitions and community groups are using the Find Your Good campaign. We encourage coalitions and community groups to use the content provided but also adapt the campaign concept to your community needs.

For information on using and requesting the Find Your Good logo, contact

See all the examples at

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Partnering with School Systems: Understanding the Culture of Education Partners and Agencies

Event Type: Webinar

Date: April 13, 2020

Time: 1:00-2:30


Content will be targeted to coalition partners working in substance-use and behavioral health prevention and intervention in partnerships with school communities. Other attendees are welcome.

Let’s examine the basics of system-to-system collaboration for connecting with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the regional educational service districts (ESDs). To strengthen education partnerships, our focus will be on organizational culture and structure. The Student Assistance Prevention-Intervention Services Program will be featured.

Expect the following topics:

· Roles and relationships of OSPI and ESDs

· Overview of Basic Education

· Governance and organization at the state level

· Reference to Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI)

Who Should Participate?

· Coalition Coordinators or managers (CPWI, DFC, MPEP, YMPEP)

· Community-based organization leaders or contract managers invested in improving behavioral health through education agency partnerships


· Mandy Paradise, Prevention-Intervention Services Program Supervisor - OSPI

· Joy Lyons, Prevention and Youth Services Manager – ESD 112

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In Rural Areas Without Pain Or Addiction Specialists, Family Doctors Fill In The Gaps

In Rural Areas Without Pain Or Addiction Specialists, Family Doctors Fill In The Gaps | Shots | NPR

Dr. Angela Gatzke-Plamann didn't fully grasp her community's opioid crisis until one desperate patient called on a Friday afternoon in 2016. "He was in complete crisis because he was admitting to me that he had lost control of his use of opioids," recalls Gatzke-Plamann.

Gatzke-Plamann is the only full-time family physician in the central Wisconsin village of Necedah, population 916. She wanted to help but had no resources to offer. She and the patient started searching the Internet while still on the phone, trying to find somewhere nearby that could help. No luck.

"I've got to do something different. I can't ignore what the community needs."

It used to be rare for primary care physicians outside of big cities to take on the challenges of opioid misuse, according to Dr. Erin Krebs, a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota who researches chronic pain management. Now, Krebs says it's becoming increasingly common "out of necessity."

Click here to see the video and read the full article.

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Drug Take Back Events Saturday April 25th

Community prevention coalitions, law enforcement and several partnering organizations are holding a drug take back event at six sites in Clark and Klickitat Counties on Saturday, April 25th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to bring their unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for safe and free disposal to any one of the six event sites below. Prescription and over-the-counter medications including pills, liquids and inhalers will be accepted. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in original containers will also be accepted.

Drug Take Back Event locations:

Clark County

  • PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, 33rd & Main (South Back Lot), Vancouver

  • Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park, 12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver

  • Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground

  • Washougal Silver Star Search & Rescue, 1220 A St., Washougal

  • Cowlitz Public Safety Department, 31501 NW 31st Ave., Ridgefield (La Center Exit I-5, south of ilani Casino)

Klickitat County

  • Klickitat Valley Health, 310 South Roosevelt, Goldendale

Sharps and syringes
Noncommercial Sharps and syringes will only be accepted at Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park and PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care event sites. Use an approved Sharps container when transporting; if one is not available, use a rigid plastic container. Warning: sharps do not recycle.

Vape pens and e-cigarettes

All event sites except Klickitat Valley Health will be collecting vape pens & e-cigarettes without batteries for safe free disposal. If batteries aren’t removable, check with large electronic chain stores to ask if they accept vape pens and e-cigarettes for proper disposal or contact your local Hazardous Material Transfer Stations for additional guidance on proper disposal.

Medicine take back events in Southwest WA are funded in partnership by Washington State Health Care Authority.

For more information, visit or email Kelley Groen-Sieckmann at

Click here to download Clark Event Flyer

Click here to download Klickitat Event Flyer

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Prevent Attends CADCA National Leadership Forum

National Leadership Forum 2020 Recap
Prevent Coalition attended the 2020 CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) National Leadership Forum in February representing both Prevent and West Van for Youth.

Prevent Coalition and Youth Now live-tweeted the experience online. Visit the account feeds for a number of event insights.

CADCA's 30th Annual National Leadership Forum was the largest training event in CADCA's history! With more than 3,300 attendees, including more than 500 youth, the event brought together a record number of change agents, working together on strategies to help transform their communities. There were over 100 adult and youth training sessions that made Forum the nation's most comprehensive and sophisticated event focused on primary prevention and the CADCA Model for Community Change.

Prevent teamed up with Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance and met with Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler to discuss the importance of funding for prevention and education programs, local conditions and what's happening in our community.

Featured speakers at Forum included Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Jim Carroll, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and more of the nation's leading experts on substance use and misuse prevention.

Highlights from the week included an Intertribal Exhibition, honoring the work of prevention advocates in Native and Tribal communities. CADCA hosted an action-packed Capitol Hill Day, including a Rally on the front lawn of the Capitol with speeches from Senators and Representatives on the value gained from the work of community coalitions.

Prevent has been accepted to the CADCA Graduate Coalition Academy and will be participating in a two week training focusing on achieving outcomes for community coalitions in March and May of 2020. Prevent is grateful and excited to participate in this work!

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What's New on Youth Now?

  • On the “Vaping in the News” page, a link to a report by on “The Toll of Tobacco in Washington State”.
  • On the “Counselor & Health Care Professionals” page, in the “Quitting Resources” section, information on Washington State’s newest cessation resource called VAPEFREEWA. This resource stems from the already successful “This is Quitting” program by The Truth Initiative.

All this and more at

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Mark Your Calendar

Prevent Coalition events:

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Thursday March 5th

9:30-11 am

ESD 112 Columbia Room

2500 NE 65th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661

A Beginner’s Guide to Qualitative Data

Training by Clark County Public Health & Prevent

Friday March 6th

9 am - 3 pm

ESD 112 Cowlitz Room

2500 NE 65th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661

Teens Care Too Summit

Tuesday March 17th

9 am - 3 pm

Washington State University Vancouver

14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave

Registration coming soon.

Youth Empowerment Project - Aspects of Identity

Tuesday March 24th

3:30-5 pm

ESD 112 Skamania Room

2500 NE 65th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661

Liquor & Cannabis Board Prevention Roundtable Event

Wednesday April 8th

3-5 pm

ESD 112 Conference Center

2500 NE 65th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661

Drug Take Back Events

Saturday April 25th

10 am - 2 pm

Clark & East Klickitat County

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Community events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:

3/4 Webinar: Cannabis prevention, policy, and pharmacology at 10 am.

Overview of the new Colorado marijuana campaign "The High Cost."

3/11 State of the County Address, Clark County at 6-8 pm.

3/17 Webinar: The Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities from 11:30-12:30 pm.

3/17 Teens Care Too Summit at WSU Vancouver from 9 am -3 pm.

3/18 Southwest Regional High School Art Show from 5-7 pm at ESD 112.

3/27 Webinar: Adapting Strategies to Better Serve Vulnerable Populations from 10-11 am.

4/13 Webinar: Partnering with School Systems: Understanding the Culture of Education Partners and Agencies from 1-2:30 pm.

4/25 National Drug Take Back Day Events.

6/11 Annual Coalition Appreciation Picnic from 4:30-6:30 pm.

6/22 - 6/24 SW Regional CADCA Youth Leadership Institute.

Lewis & Clark College. Registration coming soon.

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