Community Prevention Wellness Initiative (CPWI)

Dr. Brittany Cooper and Dr. Laura Hill are PIs on a state project to examine the effectiveness of community coalitions in reducing youth substance abuse. Across the state of Washington, 59 communities have received funding to form prevention coalitions. Members of the coalitions are trained in needs assessment, selecting evidence-based programs, and evaluating implementation and outcomes. Graduate students are participating in all phases of the statewide evaluation of CPWI effectiveness, including interviewing and conducting focus groups with members; organizing trainings for evidence-based programs; conducting analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data; and designing reports.