Who We Are

My TOWN coalition was founded in 2013 in response to a Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) funding invitation from our State partner (Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavior Health and Recovery) to focus prevention efforts in Hoquiam. Prevention initiatives around youth substance use have very clear and tangible effects on positive student outcomes both in the school environment and in personal achievement.

On a larger scale, CPWI is a partnership of state agencies, counties, schools and local prevention coalitions supporting communities in preventing alcohol and other drug abuse and its negative consequences. To date there are 82 communities in Washington State implementing CPWI. CPWI priorities include reducing underage drinking, marijuana use and opioid misuse/abuse among middle and high school aged youth.

My TOWN members represent a variety of community sectors and all are passionate about providing evidence-based practices and promoting positive changes to help build a healthier community.


Strategic Plan

Each year our Coalition updates our strategic plan. This means we look at the data we have available, determine our community’s needs, and assess if our strategies are successfully meeting those needs.  With this process we have the ability to respond more effectively to our local conditions.

Click or tap the image below to view the 2019 Strategic Plan

Current Coalition Members

Coordinator, Allegra Hood  Grays Harbor Public Health

Co-Chair, Sarah Livingston – Hoquiam Timberland Library

Co-Chair, Brock Maxfield – Hoquiam High School

Jessica Verboomen – True North

Izzy Chavez – True North

Kent Gravley – Immanuel Baptist Church

Sandy Ruiz – Hoquiam High School

Jill Smith – Hoquiam High School

Paul McMillan – Hoquiam City Council

Katri Pelan – Inspire Advisors

Laura Brydon – HHS Parent

Franzine Potts – YMCA of Grays Harbor

Corey Benjamin – Providence Centralia Hospital


#TogetherWeCan Bring It Up Campaign

This year’s goal for the Bring It Up Campaign was not only to spread awareness about prevention to the Hoquiam community but to also get families out of the house in a safe way during COVID. We designed yard signs...

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Community Survey Results 2020

Each year (CPWI) Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative communities come together and distribute The Community Survey. This anonymous survey is passed out to the community by local coalitions to gain knowledge of adult attitudes on youth alcohol and drug use in...

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