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The application cycle for Cohort 9 of the DBHR Prevention Fellowship is now open!

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Learn, lead, and make a lasting impact in Washington State

Applications for Cohort 9, an abbreviated version of the WA Health Care Authority’s DBHR Prevention Fellowship Program beginning in April 2022 are now open!

Applications are due at 11:59 PM PST on March 14, 2022.

For the last two years, the Washington State Health Care Authority’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery – Prevention (DBHR-Px), in partnership with Washington State University’s IMPACT Lab, has welcomed 26 passionate, inquisitive, and hardworking fellows into the DBHR Prevention Fellowship Program.

We have the unique opportunity to offer a “mini” Fellowship for Cohort 9, which will run from April through September of 2022. The DBHR Prevention Fellowship is typically 10 months long; this abbreviated version is a paid 6-month experience that offers unparalleled access to Washington State's leaders in behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery. Fellows play a pivotal role in the DBHR team, helping solve real world problems in prevention science, substance use prevention, and mental health promotion. These interactions provide one-of-a-kind insights into state, local, and community initiatives that impact the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families in Washington State. By the end of the Fellowship, fellows are uniquely positioned to enter the prevention workforce, walking away with newfound leadership and communication skills and a deep understanding of multi-level prevention work.

We welcome all applicants who have obtained or are working towards a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field! Whether your interest is in Social Work, Public Health, Public Policy, Communication, Public Administration, or elsewhere, there is a place for you here at DBHR-Px.

We will be holding two virtual informational sessions with WSU and DBHR staff over Zoom. Interested individuals can register for the sessions if they would like to learn more about the fellowship or have their specific questions answered. If you are interested in attending, please click on the registration link for the session you can attend below. You will be required to have a Zoom account and sign in before joining the meeting.


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The DBHR Fellowship is a 6 month fellowship, designed to expand the field of substance use disorder prevention and build capacity in communities that currently implement CPWI. 

The fellowship is broken down in to three phases: Phase 1 in Olympia, Washington working within the DBHR office; Phase 2 in an existing Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) community in Washington State, acting as a mentee under a current CPWI Coalition Coordinator; and Phase 3 in a high-need community.

DBHR Prevention Fellowship timeline

The application period for Cohort 9 of the DBHR Prevention Fellowship Program is now open! Click here to apply!

If you have no Google account, send resume and cover letter to Clara Hill (Clara.hill@wsu.edu) & Kelley Pasco (Kelley.pasco@wsu.edu).

Current Fellows

Cohort 6

Alexis Schmierer

Education

  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2020
  • Certificates: Early Childhood Education and Family Studies,
    Washington State University, 2020

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Port Townsend, WA
  • Phase 3: Quilcene, WA
  • Phase 4: Prevention System Manager Apprenticeship

 

Cohort 7

Gilda Yruretagoyena

Education

  • A.A.S., Chemical Dependency, Highline Community College, expected
    graduation December 2022

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: TBD
  • Phase 3: TBD

Cesar Zatarain Jr.

Education

  • B.A., Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State University, 2021
  • Minor in At-Risk Youth Sociology, Washington State University, 2021
  • B.A., Psychology, Washington State University, 2021

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: TBD
  • Phase 3: TBD

Angel Cheung

Education

  • B.S., Public Health - Global Health, University of Washington, 2021
  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of Washington, 2021

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: TBD
  • Phase 3: TBD

 

Cohort 8

Desirae Armijo

                                                    

 

Education

  • Pending

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
Yi (Eileen) Yu 

Education

  • Pending

DBHR Prevention Fellowship            

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA

Alumni

Cohort 1

Alejandra Padilla

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, Human Development, Washington State University, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Mattawa, WA

Post-Fellowship

  • Alejandra left the fellowship early to pursue a new career opportunity. 

Destiny Eversull

Education

  • B.S. Human Development, Washington State University, 2019
  • Minor: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Washington State University, 2019
  • Certificate: Family Studies, Washington State University, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Monroe, WA
  • Phase 3: Sultan, WA
  • Phase 4*: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
    • Cohort 1 Fellows had their fellowship extended for an additional 11 months!

Post-Fellowship

  • Destiny is currently applying to graduate programs in Child Psychology. She is planning to continue serving people and providing youth with opportunities.
  • Destiny's reflection.
Kersten T. Tano

Education

  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Bellingham, WA
  • Phase 3: La Conner, WA
  • Phase 4*: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
    • Cohort 1 Fellows had their fellowship extended for an additional 11 months!

Post-Fellowship

  • Employed as a Prevention System Manager with the Washington State Health Care Authority.
  • Kersten's reflection.

 

Cohort 2

Endalkachew Abebaw

Education

  • B.S. Human Development, Washington State University, 2019
  • Certificate: Adolescent Development, Washington State University, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship:

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Auburn, WA
  • Phase 3: Seattle, WA
  • Phase 4*: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
    • Cohort 2 Fellows had their fellowship extended for an additional 6 months!

Post-Fellowship

  • Currently pursuing a concurrent master's in social work and public health.
  • Employed as a Prevention System Manager with Washington State Health Care Authority.
  • Endalkachew's reflection

Mariel Irvan

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, Washington State University, 2019
  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Darrington, WA
  • Phase 3: Finley, WA

Post-Fellowship

  • Mariel is planning on pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. 
  • Mariel's reflection.

Tori McDermott Hale

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, Washington State University, 2019
  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Tacoma/Parkland, WA
  • Phase 3: Fife, WA
  • Phase 4*: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
    • Cohort 2 Fellows had their fellowship extended for an additional 6 months

Post-Fellowship:

  • Employed as a Management Analysis III with the Washington State Health Care Authority.
  • Tori's reflection.

 

Cohort 3

Sophia Hilsen

Education

  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Friday Harbor, WA
  • Phase 3: Port Angeles, WA
  • Phase 4*: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
    • Cohort 3 Fellows had their fellowship extended until September 29, 2020

Post-Fellowship

  • Employed as a Youth Empowerment Specialist and Family Advocate in Hawaii.
  • Sophia is interested in pursuing her master’s degree in prevention science or child psychology. 
  • Sophia's reflection.

Emma Neller

Education

  • B.A. Public Health & Global Health, University of Washington, 2019
  • Minor: Nutrition

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Marysville, WA
  • Phase 3: Lakewood, WA
  • Phase 4*: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
    • Cohort 3 Fellows had their fellowship extended until September 29, 2020

Post-Fellowship

  • Employed as a Research Assocate for the National Association of State Alcohol and
    Drug Abuse Directors.
  • Planning on pursuing a master's degree in public health.
  • Emma's reflection.

Krista Timm

Education

  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Walla Walla, WA
  • Phase 3: College Place, WA
  • Phase 4*: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
    • Cohort 3 Fellows had their fellowship extended until September 29, 2020

Post-Fellowship:

  • Employed as a Behavioral Health Specialist for Walla Walla County Department of
    Community Health.
  • Krista's reflection.

Sazi Wald

Education

  • M.S.W., University of Washington, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Tenino, WA
  • Phase 3: Tenino/Rochester, WA

Post Fellowship

  • Employed as the Behavioral Health Transition Age Youth Stable Housing Policy Lead with the 
    Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Sazi's reflection

 

Cohort 4

Sabrina DiGennaro

Education

  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2020
  • Minor: Psychology, Washington State University

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Marysville, WA
  • Phase 3: Lakewood, WA

Post-Fellowship

  • Employed as the Strengthening Families Program 10-14 Community of Practice and
    Evaluator Coordinator for Washington State University.
  • Sabrina is interested in pursuing a Ph.D in prevention science with a focus on substance use prevention.
    Within substance use prevention, Sabrina's primary interest is responding to the current opioid crisis.
  • Sabrina's reflection

Rachel Oliver

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, Washington State University, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Wellpinit, WA
  • Phase 3: Medical Lake, WA

Post-Fellowship

  • Employed as a Prevention System Manager Apprentice for the Washington State Health Care Authority.
  • Rachel is interested in pursuing a master's degree in prevention science or public health.
    Ultimately, she would like to pursue law school and study public policy.
  • Rachel's reflection

Samantha Pangelinan

Education

  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2020

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Yakima, WA
  • Phase 3: Granger, WA

Post-Fellowship:

  • Samantha is interested in pursuing a Ph.D in prevention science or a master's degree in counseling. 
    Samantha's primary values are helping youth, families, and the community.
  • Samantha's reflection.

Grace Wilkowski

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, Washington State University, 2020
  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2020

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: East Valley School District, Spokane Valley, WA
  • Phase 3: West Valley School District, Spokane Valley, WA

Post-Fellowship

  • Employed as the Coalition Coordinator of the Shadle Prevention and Wellness Coalition in Spokane.
  • Grace would like to pursue a master's degree in public health with a concentration in health policy
    and administration. Grace's primary interest is to help bring mental health care to rural communities.
  • Grace's reflection.

Cohort 5

Akshaya Sivakumar

Education

  • B.A. Sociology, Gonzaga University

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Tumwater, WA
  • Phase 3: Rochester, WA

Madeline Kramer

Education

  • B.A. Public Health - Global Health, University of Washington

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Deming, WA
  • Phase 3: Port Angeles, WA

Isaac Derline

Education

  • B.A. Community Health, Western Washington, 2019

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Lakewood, WA
  • Phase 3: Orting, WA

Cohort 6

Ridge Bynum

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, Washington State University, 2021

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Sunnyside, WA
  • Phase 3: Selah, WA

Jacqueline Penner

Education

  • B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2021
  • Certificates: Global Leadership and Family Studies, Washington
    State University, 2021

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

  • Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA
  • Phase 2: Omak, WA
  • Phase 3: Tonasket,WA

 

News and accomplishments  

2020 community shoutout to DBHR Prevention Fellows Emma and Sabrina

  • Emma (Cohort 3) and Sabrina (Cohort 4) have spent a portion of their fellowship experience in the Marysville community. Recently, the Marysville Coalition Coordinator shared gratitude for the fellows:

"Thanks again for steering Emma and Sabrina my way this January-June. They have been tremendous assets and invaluable team members. Both provided unique skill sets and incredible passion. Our coalition and myself are stronger and better for their contributions and leadership. I feel for both of them with COVID-19 impacting their community networking opportunities yet they responded with flexibility and adaptability. They have been inspiring for me and I am confident they have a promising and rich future."

DBHR Prevention Fellow Endalkachew highlights the Starts with One campaign on KZOK 102.5

  • Endalkachew (Cohort 2) shared a public service announcement on KZOK 102.5 highlighting the Starts with One opioid prevention campaign. On-air, Endalkachew shared a brief overview of the campaign and the importance of disposing and storing opioids in order to prevention opioid misuse in our communities. Click here to listen to a recording of Endalkachew on-air.

2019 Washington State Prevention Summit

  • In November 2019, all of the current DBHR Fellows attended the Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima. Collectively, all nine fellows hosted a workshop on prevention workforce development and the fellowship program. Through the workshop, the fellows conveyed how coalition leaders and prevention professionals at the local and state level can impact workforce development strategies.