Statewide Prevention in Rural Communities

What works in rural communities across Washington State? Together we'll find out.
Assessment Part 1: Community OverviewAssessment Part 2: Healthy Youth Survey

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Map of Rural Communities

Prevent defines “rural” as areas with a population of less than 10,000 people and at least one hour driving distance from nearest city. Rural areas are indicated in green on the map to the right.

Needs Assessment Report

We conducted a full, year-long needs assessment of rural communities across Washington State, powered by the Rural Network volunteers and Steering Committee. We contracted with Epidemiologists to create a thorough analysis of the data gathered. We hoped to answer questions including, “What works in rural areas and what doesn’t, what does it mean to be rural, and what do rural communities need to be successful in implementing prevention/education programs?” The answers to these questions shape the future of the Rural Network and the services we offer or create.

  • Needs Assessment Part 1: Executive Summary
  • Needs Assessment Part 1: Full Report
  • Need Assessment Part 2: Rural Healthy Youth Survey Data (English)
  • Need Assessment Part 2: Rural Healthy Youth Survey Data (Spanish)
  • Need Assessment Part 2: Rural Healthy Youth Survey Data (Russian
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These reports describe what is happening in rural Washington as it relates to community needs, public health, and youth substance use prevention. This reports include data from a community survey, listening sessions, key informant interviews, literature reviews, and synthesized public health data from Washington State, OSPI and more. We also created a rural sample of the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey and compared rural versus Washington State as a whole during the Rural Needs Assessment Part 2.

Partner Resources

We look forward to developing a library of valuable rural resources over time.

Vaping Window Cling

Prevent created a window cling campaign for rural areas of Southwest Washington who do not restrict the use of vaping products indoors or have ordinances regarding vaping in public. These window clings appear in the windows of community buildings, businesses, schools, and more. The message “We love clean air” is promoted in addition to, “Thank you for not vaping.” Partners are welcome to use this tool and modify to your community needs. There are multiple background options (above) to select from that represent different geographic areas of state.

Advancing Tobacco Prevention in Rural America

In the United States, rural communities bear a disproportionate burden of health harms related to commercial tobacco use. In response to this persisting public health problem, rural stakeholders have shown energy and creativity in generating and implementing solutions.

NW Hospitality

The main goal of Northwest Hospitality is to alleviate suffering and show compassion to homeless neighbors through simple, effective programs. They aim to encourage participation in local services that can help bring people out of poverty. 

Rural Youth Engagement Toolkit

This tool kit was created by CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) to address substance misuse issues in their communities and achieve positive community change through comprehensive strategies with a focus on policy and advocacy. Webinar overview. 

Federal Rural Resource Guide 2018

Produced by the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2018, the Federal Resources for Rural Communities helps address substance use disorder and opioid misuse.

It Starts With One (Rural) Opioid Campaign

The Starts with One campaign is designed to inform and educate young adults, their parents, and older adults about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse and the importance of safe storage, use, and disposal. As part of this statewide effort, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) provides campaign resources to coalitions and partners across the state. The hard work done at the community level by partners like you is a vital part of making a difference in our state. Within this folder are a variety of materials you can use in your community to help promote healthy behaviors to prevent opioid misuse. Materials include posters, rack cards, billboards, print ads, digital ads and more – as well as a guide on how to effectively implement materials. Learn: How to Localize this Campaign.

ONDCP Rural Community Toolbox

Federal resources that can help rural communities become strong, healthy, prosperous, and resilient places to live and work. Find resources to address Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and the Opioid crisis.

Rural Action Guide

The Rural Community Action Guide, produced by ONDCP, aims to educate the public by providing an overview of the key challenges rural communities face when addressing the consequences of prescription opioid misuse and the use of illicit substances. Read pages 42-48, and the Rural Action Guide Factsheet.

Teen Link

You’re not alone. There is someone that’s willing to listen to you without judgment. Teen Link is a program of Crisis Connections that serves youth in Washington State.

Teen volunteers are trained to listen to your concerns and talk with you about whatever’s on your mind – bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, relationships, stress, depression or any other issues you’re facing. No issue is too big or too small! Calls and chats are confidential

List of Prevention Acronyms

Learn more about definitions and acronyms that are commonly used within the prevention community. 

Rural Resources for Washington State 2017

This Rural Resources Directory was produced by Partners for Rural Washington and is intended as a go-to resource for rural communities and residents.