East Valley Community Coalition

Spokane Valley, WA
The Spokane East Valley Coalition began its formation in early 2013 in response to the Cohort 3 Prevention Redesign Initiative (PRI), now called the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI). After the Spokane Schools, the East Valley School District catchment area, hereafter referred to as East Valley Community, was shown in the Spokane County Community Risk Profile as having the next highest risk ranking of all fourteen school district catchment areas. The community of Spokane East Valley is contained within the East Valley School District catchment area. It is bordered to the east by the Washington-Idaho border, to the south by the Spokane River and Indiana Avenue from Sullivan to the I-90 Intersection, to the west at the West Valley School District border, and to the north by the Mead School District’s and Riverside School District’s border.

Coalition membership is comprised of a broad range of persons living and/or working in the community who have an interest in preventing substance abuse and in promoting health and wellness in the community. Membership includes parents, school teachers and administrators, mental health and substance use counselors, youth specialists, and law enforcement. The mission of the East Valley Community Coalition is:
East Valley Community Coalition empowers our community through education and substance abuse prevention to promote safe and healthy individuals in all families and neighborhoods.

Members identified the following community indicators for the coalition to focus on:
• Consequences – Drinking and driving, marijuana use and driving, and depression/suicide.
• Consumption Patterns – Current drinking, current tobacco use, current e-cigarette use, current marijuana use, and current prescription drug use.
• Risk and Protective Factors – Lack of enforcement, perceptions of risk, early initiation, parent attitudes tolerant of substance use, and poor family management.

The Coalition has selected a comprehensive array of strategies including implementing and expanding a local group of volunteers (the Coalition), parent education, youth education, positive norms marketing and working cooperatively with retailers. Evaluation of these strategies includes a combination of process and outcome measures for evidence-based programs. These instruments are supplemented by tools developed for the CPWI such as the community survey and coalition assessment tool. Healthy Youth Survey and county archival data are used not only for the assessment but in helping establish baseline data and long-term outcomes.