Statewide Prevention in Rural Communities

What works in rural communities across Washington State? Together we'll find out.
Rural Healthy Youth Survey ReportAssessment Part 1 Executive Summary

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Connecting and supporting rural communities in Washington to build resilience and prevent youth marijuana (cannabis, weed, etc.) use.


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


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

Prevent Rural

Who We Are

The Rural Communities Project 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. Together we’re convening a network of rural voices and developing supports to meet population needs.

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. Additional initiatives are funded by state and federal grants, made possible by volunteers like you.

Who We Serve

We represent the voices of rural populations across Washington. Our first task is identifying specific areas classified as “rural” to offer service, support, and prevention tools. Multiple factors are being considered including population, population density, access to services, commuter distance, existing resources and more.

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.

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