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Shadle Prevention & Wellness Coalition (SPWC)

The Shadle Prevention & Wellness Coalition (SPWC) was established in January 2019. As part of Washington State’s Community Prevention Wellness Initiative (CPWI), the Shadle Prevention & Wellness Coalition seeks to increase community strengths and protective factors while also reducing or eliminating community risk factors, with the ultimate goal of reducing youth substance misuse. SPWC Coalition members include representatives from twelve (12) different community sectors, including the community members, parents, youth, schools, volunteer and civic organizations, health care, law enforcement, local government, youth-serving organizations, faith-based organizations, local businesses, as well as other substance abuse serving organizations.
As a part of the initiative, the Northeast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD 101) also places a full time Student Assistance Professional at Salk Middle School to provide direct prevention and intervention services to students. The Spokane Public School District has also been a primary partner since the coalition’s inception, providing space for a full-time coalition coordinator and space for coalition activities.
Our Commitment
SPWC works to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalition work to prevent and reduce substance use and misuse among youth. We analyze local data such as the Healthy Youth Survey, which is taken by high school students in Washington State. We then use the data to identify and develop strategies to promote health and wellness in the West Spokane area. Using resources already available in the community and the support of sector representation, the coalition tries to determine the root causes of risky behaviors, behaviors that might indicate substance use, by analyzing data from sources like the Healthy Youth Survey, which is taken by high school students in Washington State. By looking at root causes the coalition can identify strategies, like prevention programs and community activities, to help support and protect youth and their families.
The mission of the Shadle Prevention and Wellness Coalition (SPWC) is to develop a culture of health and safety in our community by addressing issues related to the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and drugs by youth.
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