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Washington Healthy Youth Coalition

Meeting agendas and notes

All meetings held virtually.

  • January 15
    Meeting was cancelled
  • February 19 
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  • March 19
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  • April 16
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  • May 21
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  • June 18
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  • August 20
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  • September 17 
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  • October 15
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  • December 3
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The Washington Healthy Youth (WHY) Coalition, formerly known as the Washington Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking (RUaD), is a partnership of Washington State government agencies and organizations with the mission to prevent and reduce underage alcohol and marijuana use. The WHY Coalition acts as the Underage Drinking & Youth Marijuana Misuse/Abuse Prevention Work Group for the State Prevention Enhancement (SPE) Policy Consortium

How did the Coalition start?

The Coalition was formed by a seven-member team who attended the 2005 National Meeting on Underage Drinking Prevention. Leaders of key Washington state agencies participated in the meeting and agreed to partner to reduce underage drinking. The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery brought the agencies together as a Coalition, and continues to support ongoing efforts at the state level and in communities to prevent youth substance use.    


To reduce the percentage of 10th graders who use alcohol and/or marijuana.


The WHY Coalition meets monthly at rotating state agencies. The group has one work group:

  • Communications Team

One key ongoing activity is the WHY Coalition's support and maintenance of the Start Talking Now website, a state-wide resource for parents. 

Considerations for using the terminology cannabis or marijuana document

WHY Teams 2018 Scope and Action Plan


Washington State Agencies
Department of Health (DOH)
Department of Licensing
Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR)
Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB)
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Traffic Safety Commission
State Patrol (WSP)


Statewide Organizations
College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCSAP)
Foundation for Healthy Generations
Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (NW-HIDTA)
Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators
Washington Association of Prevention Coalitions (WAPCo)
Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC)
Washington Association of Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention (WASAVP)
Washington Poison Center 
Washington State Parent Teacher Association


Leadership and Staff Support
Co-Chair - Kasey Kates, DBHR
Co-Chair - Sara Broschart, LCB
Staff support - Martha Williams, DBHR
Communications Team Chair - Kristen Haley, DOH




Martha Williams
Prevention Project Coordinator