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.
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
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...read more
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...read more
Officer Jermaine Galloway presented the virtual training High in Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug and Concealment Trends and Identifiers on March 23rd at the Key Leader Event hosted by My TOWN and Harbor Strong. Through the support of The Washington State Health...read more