Facilitating opportunities to support and connect communities, build resilience and increase collaboration

In 2015, Megan Streeter joined PREVENT! staff as the full time coordinator. PREVENT! received a grant to mentor the Evergreen community forming a new substance abuse coalition, Connect Evergreen. PREVENT! collaborated with Leadership Clark County to implement a point of purchase campaign in marijuana retail stores. PREVENT! hosted a Keeping Kids Safe Forum at the Vancouver Public Library. The coalition hosted multiple showings and conversations about Paper Tigers, a documentary about Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma informed schools. PREVENT! provided education and advocacy to the Board of Health regarding vaping in public places. Clark County adopted an ordinance to restrict the use of vaporizers in public places. The coalition held two drug take back events this year at 4 sites, collected over 3408 pounds of pills. The mentee coalitions in La Center received their Drug Free Communities Grant. In this year, PREVENT! secured a high level of in kind match from the Chair of the Marijuana Prevention Committee who championed the development of new toolkits and educational resources for the community.