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Prevention Awards of Excellence

Each year at the Prevention Summit, professionals, community members, youth, and Coalitions are recognized for their exemplary contributions to substance abuse prevention, problem gambling prevention, mental health promotion and the health of their communities.

The Prevention Awards of Excellence:

  • Recognize outstanding community partners, including youth engaged in prevention efforts.

  • Focus statewide attention on exceptional prevention work.

  • Identify exemplary substance abuse prevention programs with exceptional outcomes that can be adopted or adapted by others.


Are you interested in nominating someone who has made an impact in your community? Nomination packets for the 2024 awards will be available April 2024.

2024 Nominations are due Friday, August 9, 2024 by Noon.  


Examples of award categories include:

  • Tribal and Urban Indian Prevention Professional –  Tribal and urban Indian program leaders, groups, organizations, businesses, or agencies that deliver prevention services within their communities
  • Youth Leadership –  School age youth in grades 6  - 12
  • Young Adult Leadership –  Young adults working in substance use disorder prevention, suicide prevention, or mental health promotion
  • Prevention Professional and/or Community Prevention Leader –  Individuals associated with organization, business, agency or tribe
  • Community Coalition and/or Community Prevention Group –  Groups providing excellent prevention programs to a community
  • Contributions to Prevention by an Organization, Business or Agency – Entities in the community that assist or support coalition or group prevention activities
  • Outreach or Implementation of a Prevention Program - Exceptional implementation or outreach of an evidence based practice
  • Early-Career Prevention Professional - Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, or post0doctoral prevention professionals who have made intellectual contributions to the generation or dissemination of scientific evidence regarding effective prevention programs and practices


Past awardees

Youth Leadership - Audrey Curtis
Prevention Professional - Samantha Stormont
Prevention Professional - Michelle Dower
Prevention Professional - Danielle Watkins
Lifetime Achievement - Leanne Reid
Lifetime Achievement - Mary Segawa
Lifetime Achievement - Laura Griner Hill
Organization, Business, or Agency - Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board
Implementation of a Prevention Program - Strengthening Families Program as presented by Blanca Hernandez
Early Career Prevention Professional - Sara Bumgardner

Tribal Organization - Lummi Counseling Service
Youth Leadership - Althea Patterson
Prevention Professional - Julie Peterson
Prevention Professional - Lindsey Worley
Prevention Professional - Jose Ochoa
Community Coalition - West Spokane Wellness Partnership
Organization, Business, or Agency - MHA Speakout Speakup
Organization, Business, or Agency - West Central Community Center
Early Career Prevention Professional - Gitanjali Shrestha

Lifetime Achievement - Deb Drandoff
Lifetime Achievement - Scott Waller
Lifetime Achievement - Peggy Needham

Prevention Professional - Haley Green
Prevention Professional - Holly McIntyre
Prevention Professional - Rebeca Natali Barrios
Tribal and Urban Indian Prevention Professional - Joe Hipp
Community Prevention Group - Forks Community Coalition - Cecilia Ashue and Philip Sifuentes
Contributions to Prevention by an Agency - Prevention Voices
Lifetime Achievement Recipient - David Harrelson
Lifetime Achievement Recipient - Seth Dawson

Youth Leadership, Middle School - Garrison Middle School Prevention Club
Youth Leadership, High School - Amara Farah
Prevention Professional - Brenda Barrios
Prevention Professional - Carrie McKinley
Tribal and Urban Indian Prevention Professional - Larry Jackson, Jr.
Community Prevention Group - Forks Community Coalition - Cecilia Ashue and Philip Sifuentes
Implementation of Prevention Program - Cowlitz Tribe Healing of the Canoe Program
Contributions to Prevention by an Agency - Puget Sound Educational Service District Student Services and Intervention Service Program
Lifetime Achievement Recipient - Cynthia Stark-Wickman

Youth Leadership - Madison Langer
Youth Leadership - Cinthia Santiago-Villanueva
Youth Leadership (high school group/club) - Rock Solid, San Juan Island Prevention Coalition
Prevention Professional - Kevin Haggerty
Lifetime Achievement Recipient - Renee Hunter
Lifetime Achievement Recipient - Richard J. Catalano

Calling volunteers!

Interested in being part of the award process? Every December the call goes out to the prevention community for volunteers to serve on the Prevention Awards of Excellence Review Team.  Duties include determining award categories, reviewing nomination packets, and voting on awardees. Contact Martha Williams at for more information about volunteering. 


Martha Williams
Prevention System Manager