About Prevent

We are comprised of parents, youth, school staff, business owners, medical professionals, law enforcement, government workers, faith-based organizations, and more.

Our Mission

Connecting and supporting communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance use.

Our Vision

A healthy, thriving community free of substance abuse.

Our Principles

We are youth led, data-driven, inclusive, connected and trauma-informed. 

Who We Are

Prevent Coalition (Prevent) is a community coalition formed in 2003 to increase collaboration, awareness, and reduce youth substance use in Southwest Washington including Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties. Prevent also implements initiatives for rural communities across Washington State. As a community mobilizer, we’re creating a culture promoting healthy choices; advocating for policies and regulations that protect, empower and nurture youth; and facilitating positive opportunities for youth to be involved and thrive.

Prevent is supported by the fiscal agent ESD 112, invaluable community volunteers and organizations across the Southwest Washington region. Prevent is funded by the Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program (YMPEP) from the Washington Department of Health, a Federal Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) grant, Washington Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention and Control Program (TVPPCP), federal grants from the Center for Disease Control and the National Tobacco Control Program, the Health Care Authority State Opioid Response grant and by you- our generous donors.

What is Prevention?

Prevention is using upstream thinking to make community-wide changes that protect kids early on. Prevention work reduces risk factors that contribute to youth substance use while increasing factors known to protect youth and build resilience. Prevention efforts serve as a catalyst to increase participation and collaboration among all sectors of a community. Learn What Works and What Doesn’t in prevention. 

Research shows a connected community is a safe and healthy community.

We strive to be a connector for all youth substance use prevention efforts in Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties. Prevent consists of members from the entire southwest region and amplifies our regional readiness for conducting prevention strategies. We involve parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and other prevention organizations.

We are strategic.

Prevent follows the Strategic Prevention Framework to assess community problems, build capacity to address the problem, make an action plan then implement the prevention plan, and evaluate our efforts. Throughout the process we strive towards cultural competency and sustainable efforts. This framework allows us to implement prevention strategies with the greatest positive impact on our community.

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In 2003, a group of passionate community members envisioned a healthy, thriving community free of th...


In 2007, PREVENT! received the Drug Free Communities grant for $100,00 per year for five years.  Th...


In 2008, the first Teens Care Too youth summit was planned by STASHA youth and held at Clark College...


The first Drug Take Back event was held in 2009 at one site (Clark County Fairgrounds) which collect...


In 2010 PREVENT! members graduated from the CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) Academ...


In 2011, Sean Chavez joined the staff team as a full time Community Prevention Specialist. In that y...


In 2012, Joy Lyons joined PREVENT! as a Co-Coordinator and the coalition was awarded the second roun...


In 2013, PREVENT! received a second mentoring grant to mentor a substance abuse prevention coalition...


In 2014, the city of Vancouver passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of drug paraphernalia in sto...


In 2015, Megan Streeter joined PREVENT! staff as the full time coordinator. PREVENT! received a gran...


In 2016, Leanne Reid joined as Co-coordinator with Megan to coordinate the newly awarded Department ...


To celebrate 10 years of prevention work, PREVENT! updated its branding, logo, mission and name to P...


Prevention efforts in the SW Washington Region thrive. KLASAC received DFC grant funding and hit the...


Grants were awarded. West Van for Youth and Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance were...

Youth Now Prevention Initiative

Youth Now is an initiative of Prevent administered though ESD 112. Youth Now is funded through the Washington State Department of Health, Dedicated Marijuana Funding.

Over a thousand Clark and Skamania teens and tweens supplied the voice and direction for the Youth Now Prevention Initiative’s youth-focused campaign. Youth Now completed a marijuana community needs assessment. See the summary of that report below.

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Rural Communities Project

Prevent implements initiatives in rural communities across Washington State. Activities include mapping rural environments, performing in-depth needs assessments, developing prevention tools tailored to rural needs, offering professional development, media campaign development and more. Efforts are funded by the Department of Health Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program (YMPEP) grant.

Learn more: www.preventcoalition.org/rural

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Our monthly newsletters share updates, latest prevention science and research as well as opportunities to get connected and involved with the South West Washington region community. Subscribe to our newsletters using the form at the bottom of this page or on our Contact page. 

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