While there will be no Prevention Summit for 2015, The Alaska State DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health, Oregon Health Authority, and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, are pleased to host the 28th Annual National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference. The National Prevention Network Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington at the Sheraton Seattle in the downtown area. For more information, please visit: www.npnconference.org.
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery is sponsoring a National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI) training facilitated by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) at the NPN Conference for the first time in history! This training will provide 2.5 days of team leadership training. A total of 150 youth and 50 adult leaders in the youth track will be trained on evidence-based prevention strategies to reduce local problems and create positive community change.
The goal of the Prevention Summit is to provide an enriching and culturally competent training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers and professionals working toward the prevention of substance abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors as well as integrating such prevention efforts with primary health care.
The prevention community in Washington State has been convening annually since the 1980s. The initial conferences were held in Ellensburg, Washington, on the campus of Central Washington University. The conferences were known as “family focus” meetings, and soon after became known as the annual “Building a Vision” conference. After a few name changes in the late 1990s, the annual conference was renamed in 1999 as the Washington State Prevention Summit.