The Statewide Rural Network

“A gathering of rural people who support youth in their journey to whole health.”
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A gathering of rural people who support youth on their journey to whole health.


Connecting and supporting rural Washington to build resilience and prevent youth substance misuse.


Healthy, thriving rural communities free of substance misuse. Together we’ll discover what strategies work in rural areas.

What We Do

How We Do It

  • Rural Network: meets the last Tuesday of every month from 2-3:30 p.m. to implement the plan.
  • Steering Committee: meets the first Wednesday of every month from 3-4:30 p.m. to evaluate progress and plan towards our goals.
  • Toolkit Workgroup: meets as needed to create our online toolkit and prevention campaigns.
  • Conference Workgroup: meets as needed to plan the Rural Prevention Conference happening September 2024 in Yakima.
  • Office Hours: hosted the first Wednesday of every month from 1-2 p.m. to offer support, brainstorming space, and technical assistance.
2024 Rural Network Conference | Cultivate, Elevate & Celebrate Rural Voices

Who We Are

The Rural Network is a group of volunteers and leaders across Washington building resiliency and safeguarding youth. We’re parents, youth, school staff, business owners, medical professionals, law enforcement, government workers, faith-based organizations, and more coming together around the cause of substances misuse prevention in rural Washington.

The Rural Network is an initiative of Prevent, funded by the Commercial Cannabis & Tobacco Prevention Program (YCCTPP) of the Washington State Department of Health. Huge support comes from the fiscal agent, Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112).

Who We Serve

Collectively, we represent the voices of rural populations across Washington. Leaders from rural areas guide our work and create our goals. We’ve identified areas on the map below as our primary population for gathering data, but ultimately we are a resource for:

  • Those who self-identify as “rural,”
  • Those who might be new to rural areas and want to learn how to integrate,
  • Those who reside in more urban or suburban areas but are tasked with serving rural needs and want to learn how to do this appropriately.

7 Core Principles

The 7 Core Principles below guide our work, projects, and culture. They describe how we operate with one another and within the community at large. These principles were written by the Toolkit Workgroup.

Be Positive: We see possibilities through networking and positive growth for our communities.

Be Present: We show up to learn the unique needs of others and our communities.

Be Perceptive: We listen to each other and seek to gain more knowledge to address needs as they arise.

Be Purposeful: We use data to drive solution-focused work that is meaningful in rural communities.

Be Perfected: We continue to improve by valuing the unique contributions we bring together.

Be Proactive: We listen, ask questions and take action.

Be Passionate: We bring vibrance, heart and energy to our collaborations.

Rural areas are indicated in green. For this project scope, rural is defined as an area with a population of less than 10,000 people and with at least 1 hour driving distance to the nearest city/urban center.