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Region 10 PTTC


We know that policy work is important 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 in order to better understand the system, analyze the current state of laws and regulations, and work toward activating communities for change.  The series will include skill-based learning opportunities, individual and group activities, reading assignments, and group discussion.


November 10, 12, 17, and 19

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Alaska
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Mountain

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Mary 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 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 Dilley, Phd. MES is a Senior Research Scientist and Epidemiologist with the 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 the 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).


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

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


  • Substance misuse prevention practitioners located in the Northwest (HHS Region 10) states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
  • Prevention practitioners who would like to become a Certified Prevention Specialist or need continuing education hours to meet re-certification requirements.
  • Please note: This training is reserved for prevention professionals working in in HHS Region 10.
  • Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of HHS Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn about similar courses available to them

Participant Commitment and Expectations:

  • View a 20-minute video prior to the first session on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, on how to use and maximize the video conferencing platform
  • Participate in 4 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times and complete weekly learning activities. Have access to appropriate technology to utilize the online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
  • Complete independent learning activities between each session.
  • Use a web-camera and have the appropriate technology to join the online video conferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90 % of the time during each session, since this is not a webinar series and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.

Please Note:

This EPLS is not a webinar series. Active participation is essential to gain and improve skills. Registrants enrolled in this series are required to attend the Technology Orientation Session on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 10:00 AM Pacific. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your attendance.

In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time.

If you have questions regarding technology requirements or registration details contact Clarissa Lam Yuen (

Continuing Education Hours:

Up to 11 hours of continuing education hours can be earned in this series. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

The Northwest PTTC is a collaboration led by Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington in partnership with Washington State University, and CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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