EPLS: Activating Communities for Change

Enhanced Prevention Learning Series (EPLS): 
Activating Communities for Change


Series Overview

We know that policy work is essential for creating lasting change, but how do we navigate and impact a regulatory landscape that can be confusing and, at times, fraught with hidden pitfalls? This four-session distance learning series offers participants an interactive opportunity to explore the prevention and regulatory landscape to understand the system better, analyze the current state of laws and regulations, and work toward activating their community for change. The series will include skill-based learning opportunities, individual and group activities, reading assignments, and group discussion.


By the end of the series, participants will have increased their capacity to:

  1. Explore the regulatory framework within their state and the process for addressing policy issues
  2. Analyze laws and rules using a prevention/public health framework
  3. Identify additional factors, such as social justice, social equity, economic pressures, pandemic responses, etc., in assessing policies and developing messaging
  4. Frame messages for optimal influence
  5. Access resources to effectively educate and advocate using a prevention/public health framework
  6. Develop a plan to activate community change



Session 1 – November 10, 2020
Session 2 – November 12, 2020
Session 3 – November 17, 2020
Session 4 – November 19, 2020 



09:00 am – 10:30 am Alaska
10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Mountain



Community-level prevention practitioners and allied partners working to prevent substance misuse in the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn what opportunities for similar courses are available to them.


Series Facilitators:

Mary SegawaMary Segawa, M.S., has worked in community and statewide prevention and public policy for almost 25 years. She was the Public Health Education Liaison at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLB) from 2010 to 2019, where she worked closely with other state agencies and community organizations to coordinate prevention efforts, provide training, and develop resources. Mary played a key role in promoting public health policy at the WSLCB as they implemented two citizen initiatives: the privatization of liquor and the legalization of adult cannabis use and retail sales. She currently consults with regulatory, public health, prevention, and research groups providing a translation of information from different fields to support actions that meet their shared goals of protecting public health and safety. Mary was awarded the National Prevention Network’s 2020 Award of Excellence for her work in the field.




Julia DilleyJulia Dilley, PhD, MES, is a Senior Research Scientist and Epidemiologist with Multnomah County Health Department and State of Oregon Public Health Division. For more than 20 years, Dr. Dilley has supported public health systems in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and New Mexico. Much of her research focuses on public health effects of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco policies. She is currently the principal investigator for a federally funded research study on public health effects of cannabis legalization in Washington and Oregon, focused on the role of city and county policies and local-area cannabis market variation. She also co-chairs a national workgroup that is developing cannabis surveillance best practices as part of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE).




Continuing Education:

In order to receive up to 11 continuing education hours, participants are expected to view the 20-minute video tutorial; complete pre-session learning assignments; be prepared for and join each session; and actively engage in discussions. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.


Register here:


Space is limited to 25 participants


Cost is Free!



Contact Clarissa Lam Yuen ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For all other questions, please contact Michelle Frye-Spray ([email protected]).

Starts: Nov. 10, 2020 10:00 am
Ends: Nov. 10, 2020 11:30 am
Registration Deadline
November 10, 2020
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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