Prevention in Rural Communities

Coming soon: What works in rural communities across Washington State? Together we'll find out.
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Connecting and supporting rural communities in Washington to build resilience and prevent youth marijuana use.


Healthy, thriving rural communities free of marijuana abuse. Together we’ll discover what prevention and education strategies work specifically in rural areas.


We are led by rural voices, data-driven, inclusive, connected and trauma-informed.


The Rural Communities Project is a cross-section of rural community members and leaders across Washington State building resiliency and safeguarding youth. We’re comprised of parents, youth, school staff, business owners, medical professionals, law enforcement, government workers, faith-based organizations, and more. Together we’re connecting and supporting rural communities and developing key supports to inform marijuana prevention and education in the unique rural environments in which marijuana is used/promoted.

We’re mapping out and identifying key rural communities in Washington, assessing the unique risk and protective factors rural communities face, developing tools and supports for those serving rural needs, uncovering the greatest gaps in prevention/education resources and seeking to bridge these gaps. Together we’ll discover what works and what doesn’t with youth marijuana prevention and education in rural communities.

The Rural Communities Project is an initiative of Prevent, funded by the Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program of the Washington State Department of Health. Huge support comes from the fiscal agent, ESD 112. Prevent has been connecting and supporting communities since 2003. Efforts are funded by state and federal grants, made possible by volunteers like you.

Who We Serve

Prevent is identifying specific counties classified as “rural” to offer greater service and support and focus prevention and education strategies. Multiple factors were considered when classifying communities including population, population density, access to services, current prevention and/or education support and more.

Our Partners

We are proud to collaborative and support the following organizations in order to implement prevention strategies across Washington:

  • Coming soon! 
Map of Washington Rural Communities

Project Timeline: January 2020 – June 2020

  • Establish program with Department of Health
  • Launch Rural Cross Sector Advisory Panel
  • Develop Strategic & Action Plans
  • Map Rural Communities
  • Fill vacant sectors
  • Building capacity & readiness
  • Establish website and media projects.

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Project Timeline: July 2020 – December 2021

  • Develop a Steering Committee
  • Develop a Needs Assessment Tool
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Charter, Mission, Vision
  • Needs Assessment Findings Report
  • Program training and capacity building
  • Brainstorm media campaign.

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Project Timeline: January 2021 – June 2021

  • Compile rural resource list
  • Develop online resource library
  • Begin monthly Technical Assistance calls
  • Assess cultural competency of Department of Health YMPEP program
  • Refine & test media campaign
  • Program evaluation
  • Partner recognition
  • Translate all media materials
  • Assess training needs
  • Program promotion presentation
  • Offer professional development opportunities.

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These resources are coming soon! 

  • Map of Rural Communities
  • Needs Assessment Findings
  • The Rural Toolkit
  • Rural Education Campaign
  • Working Effectively with Rural Partners
  • Toolkit for youth advocacy promotion.

These resources are coming soon! 

Rural Cross-Sector Advisory Panel

This team of rural partners across Washington State implements the Rural Communities grant from Department of Health. Members from uniquely rural perspectives share insights, needs, strategies and develop tools for prevention professionals in Washington. The team of diverse community sectors uncovers needs, offers support, and amplifies the voices of an important population. Contact

Technical Assistance

Our staff specializes in supporting contractors and providers to better serve members of rural communities. We reserve monthly office hours for technical assistance, consultation and strategy development guidance. Have a question about rural needs or priorities? Want to know how best to serve your rural partners and community members? Schedule an appointment. Contact

Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee members take their volunteerism and support to the next level by offering guidance, strategic insight and implementation support to program staff. This team plans the Rural Cross Sector Advisory Panel meetings and events, ensures implementation fidelity and performs process evaluation. Representatives from key sectors help make our program effective and efficient. Contact