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, Wilma Weber– Grays Harbor Public Health
Co-Chair, Sarah Livingston– Hoquiam Timberland Library
Co-Chair, Nikki Gwin– Hoquiam High School
Jessica Verboomen– True North
Izzy Chavez– True North
Kent Gravley– Immanuel Baptist Church
Brock Maxfield– 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
Over 100 runners and walkers participated in the "R U OK? Fun Run for Mental Health Awareness". GPS took action to help improve the chance of recovery in our community, and hosted booths from SeaMar, and Titus the therapy dog. Thank you to everyone who turned out and...read more