Prevention efforts in the SW Washington Region thrive. KLASAC received DFC grant funding and hit the ground running. Central Vancouver was awarded funding to start a new CPWI coalition beginning December 2018. Kathy Deschner from Prevent Together Battle Ground received an award for Prevention Professional of Excellence during the November 2018 Prevention Summit. Three youth groups from Clark County made it to the presentation finals at the Spring Youth Forum: STASHA, Unite! Washougal and the Battle Ground DREAM Team.
As for Prevent Coalition we now coordinate regional prevention efforts, grants for preventing youth tobacco, alcohol, opioid and cannabis use while supporting multiple community coalitions in the SW Regional Network. Prevent leadership attending CADCA academy in February 2018 to meet with National decision makers regarding prevention issues. We spent much of 2018 partnering with UW and C+C marketing to develop an opioid prevention campaign called Locks Save Lives. Locks Save Lives encourages adults to secure their medications. This campaign pilot launches in April 2019. Additionally, we supported three young people to facilitate our annual and regional Youth Advocacy Training. Peer education proves one of the most effective strategy for educating youth on laws, potential harms of youth use and how they can use their voices to create lasting change. We’re optimistic for the future of healthy, thriving youth and excited for what is to come.