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Rural Prevention Conference

September 25-26, 2024

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The Rural Network, a group of volunteers and leaders across Washington state who work towards building resiliency and preventing youth substance misuse in rural communities, are hosting their second bi-annual Rural Prevention Conference September 25-26 at the Yakima Convention Center.

We welcome anyone currently doing this type of volunteerism and work in their rural communities, as well as those who may be interested in joining the Rural Network to support this important work in their own local rural areas.


Save the Date

Save the Date

Wednesday, September 25, 2024 from 10am – 4pm
(Networking and registration opens at 8:30am)
Thursday, September 26, 2024 from 8:30 am – 3 pm



Yakima Convention Center
10 N 8th St, Yakima, WA 98901



By the end of this two day event, participants will have:

  • Connected with prevention peers across rural Washington
  • Strategized around rural network action plan and advancing prevention efforts in rural Washington
  • Learned latest science, data analysis, and equity initiatives in the substance misuse prevention field

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The conference is $85 per person. Please let us know if you are in need of a conference fee scholarship in order to attend. Certificates of attendance can be provided upon request. Email

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Wednesday, September 25

  • 9:00 a.m. – Registration & coffee/beverages (breakfast on your own, meal not included) 
  • 10 a.m. – Welcome
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Breakout Sessions
  • 12 p.m. – Lunch (with protein)
  • Breakouts Sessions (repeated from earlier)
  • Final Closing Event
  • 4 p.m. – End

Thursday, September 26

  • 8 a.m. Continental Breakfast (with protein) & coffee/beverages
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome
  • 8:45 a.m. – Panel
  • Facilitated Speed Dating/Networking
  • 12 p.m. – Lunch (with protein)
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Keynote
  • Final Closing Event
  • 3 p.m. – End


Session Approach:

Session details and information will be updated closer to the event. We aim to accommodate 300 participants through a combination of interactive presentations, keynote style information sharing and 3-4 breakout session periods that occur simultaneously to accommodate the number of attendees. Participants can pick and choose which topics are most relevant and interesting to them. Select sessions will be repeated.

Core Topics:

  • What is Prevention? Who Is Involved?
  • What is the Strategic Prevention Framework and why use it to create community change?
  • Outreach and Engagement for Rural Communities: Identifying Rural Challenges and Opportunities (Cultural Competence)
  • Outreach and Engagement: Unique Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Communities
  • Substance Use in Rural Washington
  • Finding and Engaging Youth, Parents, and Communities in Rural Counties and Communities
  • Rural Sustainability: Key Concepts and Approaches
  • Building Sustainability Early On
  • Coalition Care: Avoiding Burnout, Building Volunteer Retention




Check back later for more information on session speakers, topics, and training goals for this event.



Note: We connected with Health Care Authority and travel for this event should be approved by CPWI Systems Managers in most cases.

The following hotel has offered us complementary room blocks. Each are holding around 50 rooms for conference attendees, promising us government rate of $111 + tax/fees per night.

The Red Lion Yakima Center

607 E Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98901

Guests should register through the link below to automatically apply the group rate to your reservation. If you need assistance, call 1-509-248-5900. It is important that when calling to reference the Rural Conference by ESD 112 group name to ensure they receive the group rate.

If needed, you can reference Christopher Belisle and the sales manager at the hotel, Mandy LeVasseur.

Clock Hours

Clock Hours

Clock hour information will be added as soon as its available.


Our Sponsors

We couldn’t do this without our sponsors! A special thanks to Rede Group & the Rural Network, Educational Service District 112, and the Washington State Department of Health Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program.

Prevent Rural
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