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Prevention Research Collaborative (PRC)

  • March 13, 2024: Agency Updates and New Youth/Young Adult Data
  • June 12, 2024: TBD
  • September 11, 2024: TBD
  • December 11, 2024: TBD

PRC Mission Statement

To provide a forum for prevention researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to identify and address emerging and evolving substance use disorder prevention and mental health promotion service and research needs in Washington State by:

  1. Supporting the Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery's (HCA/DBHR) evaluation of prevention services.
  2. Assisting HCA/DBHR in: (a) defining the criteria for determining that a service is evidence-based; and (b) establishing a protocol for review and acceptance to a list of evidence-based services.
  3. Advocating for state funding of evidence-based and other effective prevention services.
  4. Establishing collaborations to initiate new research and share existing research on substance use disorder prevention and mental health promotion in order to improve HCA/DBHR’s prevention services.
  5. Promoting implementation science through the collaborative knowledge exchange of prevention researchers, HCA/DBHR, and other prevention-related state agencies and community organizations.

PRC Presentation from National Prevention Network Conference 2021

Prevention Research and Practice - a Collaborative Dance to Build Statewide Prevention Capacity and Resilience 8/24/21 

Brittany Cooper, PhD, Washington State University; Sarah Mariani, CPP, Washington State Health Care Authority; Kevin Haggerty, PhD, University of Washington; Margaret Soukup, King County Public Health


The PRC meets quarterly (March, June, September, December).


Member Affiliations
Washington State University
University of Washington
Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
Washington State Department of Health
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Research and Data Analysis
King County, Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
King County, Department of Community and Human Services
Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Seattle Children's
Foundation for Healthy Generations
Snohomish County Human Services
Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center


Leadership and Staff Support

Co-Chair - Brittany Cooper, PhD
Associate Professor, Human Development, Washington State University

Co-Chair - Kevin Haggerty, MSW, PhD
Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Staff Support - Patricia Gomez
Assistant to the Director, University of Washington Social Development Research Group

Staff Support - Rebecca Ruiz, MPH
Prevention Research and Surveillance Project Manager


  • March 21, 2023: Adaptation of Evidence-Based Parenting Programs
    • Agenda & Notes
    • PresentationAdapting First Years Away from Home (FYAH) for Spanish-Speaking Parents of Latinx Students Transitioning to College - Jennifer Duckworth, PhD, WSU
    • PresentationPlanning and testing program adaptations in community settings: A case study of the Strengthening Families Program 10-14 cannabis adaptation process - Elizabeth Weybright, PhD, WSU Department of Human Development
    • Presentation: Washington State Legislative Update - Harrison Fontaine, PhD, HCA/DBHR
  • June 13, 2023: Messaging Prevention/Harm Reduction in the Context of Fentanyl Fear
    • Agenda & Notes
    • PresentationSetting the Stage for Messaging Prevention and Harm Reduction - Kevin Haggerty, UW & Brittany Cooper, WSU
    • Presentation: HCA Fentanyl Campaign - Stacie Jones, Paj Nandi, Corie Bales, HCA, & Desautel Hege, DH
  • September 6, 2023: Interplay of Risk Factors for Mental Health and Substance Use in Adolescents
    • Agenda & Notes
    • PresentationRisk Indices for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder: HCA Draft MH Logic Model - Sandy Salivaras, Jaymie Vandagriff, Billy Reamer, Sarah Mariani, Sonja Pipek, HCA/DBHR
  • December 6, 2023: Focus on Young Adults
    • Agenda & Notes
    • PresentationState Problem Gambling Program: Brief Overview - Roxane Waldron, HCA
    • PresentationSetting the Context: Trends in substance use for adolescents and young adults, and what this means for Washington State - Kevin Haggerty, UW
    • PresentationWashington Young Adult Health Survey Update - Jason Kilmer, UW
    • PresentationDissemination and 5-Year Outcomes of the Letting Go, Staying Connected Handbook - Clara Hill, WSU
  • December 1, 2022: Cannabis Policy Research
    • Agenda & Notes
    • Presentation: What do stakeholders want? Mapping acceptable policies to curb high-THC cannabis in Washington State - Bia Carlini, PhD & Sharon Garrett, MPH, MA, ADAI & UW School of Medicine Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
    • Presentation: WSIPP's Initiative 502 Evaluation: Report Three Overview - Amani Rashid, PhD, Bailey Ingraham, MS, & Paige Wanner, MA, WSIPP
  • September 28, 2022: Community Resilience
    • Agenda & Notes
    • Presentation: Promoting Community Resilience Through a Statewide Community Coalition Initiative for Substance Use Prevention - Gitanjali Shresth, PhD, Brittany Cooper, PhD, & Jordan Newburg, WSU Impact Lab
    • Presentation: Monroe Community Coalition - Joe Neigel
    • Presentation: Northwest Center for Family Support: Mitigating Consequences & Promoting Wellbeing in Children Whose Caregivers are in OUD Recovery - Margaret Kuklinski, PhD & Jim Leighty, LICSW, UW Social Development Research Group
  • June 15, 2022: Healthy Youth Survey
    • Agenda & Notes
    • Presentation: Adolescent Behavioral Health During the Pandemic: Results From the Healthy Youth Survey & COVID-19 Student Survey - Tyler Watson, PhD, MPH, Health Care Authority DBHR
    • Presentation: Community-Wide Resilience Mitigates Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Study Using BRFSS, HYS, and Archival Data - Dario Longhi, PhD, Participatory Research Consulting & Suzette Fromm Reed, PhD, National Louis University
  • March 24, 2022: Partnering with State Agencies for Selective Prevention
    • Agenda & Notes
    • Presentation: 2022 Legislative Session - Alicia Hughes, Health Care Authority DBHR
    • Presentation: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care - Leah Rankin, MSW, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence & Kevin Haggerty, PhD, UW Social Development Research Group
    • Presentation: Prevention Opioid Misuse in Youth Transitioning Out of Juvenile Justice - Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH, Seattle Children's Hospital & Ted Ryle, LICSW, MSW, MA, Department of Children, Youth, & Families