Addiction Prevention Section


The purpose of the Addiction Prevention Section of the Oregon Public Health Association is to act as a representative group of the health promotion and addiction prevention professionals, coalitions, and community partners in the State of Oregon. The Section advances community-based prevention throughout Oregon by focusing on five core principles: prevention best practice, leadership, professional development, community advocacy, and connectivity among prevention partners. The Section identifies the professional development and technical assistance needs of prevention professionals, and collaborates with the OHA Public Health Division to create and/or steward training, resources, and support for professionals working in the field. The Section serves as an influential voice in policy (local, state and national), programming, and funding with regard to the following prevention topics: alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescription drugs, illicit drugs, problem gambling, sexual health, mental health and other related community health issues. 

 AP Section Definition and Implementation of Prevention


Prevention efforts (both individual and community) are designed to:

  • Intervene before the onset of a risky behavior*, disease, or behavioral disorder
  • Promote protective factors and healthy behaviors; reduce risk factors and deter risky behaviors
  • Provide screening and referral to treatment services in order to slow and/or stop the progression of risky behaviors and/or behavior disorders

*The definition of risky behavior or behavior disorder may vary according to topic and/or by age.


Prevention strategies may address any of the following populations, and be offered to people across the entire life-span whenever possible: 

  • Universal (general public or a whole population group)
  • selective (subgroups of the population whose risk of developing the disorder is significantly higher than average - these people may be at imminent risk or have a lifetime risk)
  • Indicated (high-risk individuals who are identified as having minimal but detectable signs or symptoms foreshadowing the disorder, or biological markers indicating a predisposition for the disorder, but who do not meet the diagnostic level of use disorder). 

We use a variety of guiding frameworks and models to implement inclusive, equitable, and sustainable prevention efforts. Preventionists adhere to a code of ethics with six core principles: 1) non-discrimination; 2) competence; 3) integrity; 4) nature of services; 5) confidentiality; and 6) ethical obligations for community and society.

To learn more about Prevention Foundations, check out these video resources.

 Section Leadership

Co-Chairs: Clair Raujol ([email protected] ), Julie Spackman ([email protected] )

 AP Section History and Overview - 3 minute video link

AP Section Structure

    • Executive Leadership Team: Provides coordination and stewardship of the Section. Meets monthly.

    • Learning Committee: Provides and promotes opportunities for learning and professional development through shared resources, partnerships, conferences, and on-site visits. Partnering with credentialing agencies to ensure certification relevance. Meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 2-3 p.m.
    • Connections Committee: Creates opportunities for meaningful connections and networking among prevention professionals across the state. Meeting calendar TBD. Contact: Clair Raujol ([email protected] )
    • Prevention Advocacy Committee: NEW! Purpose statement to be developed. Meeting calendar TBD. Contact: Pam Pearce ([email protected] )

Section Newsletters

Sign up to receive bi-annual Section Newsletters HERE

February 2022
June 2021
September 2020

Upcoming Events

Alcohol Drug Policy Commission Statewide Substance Use Disorder Prevention Symposium

When: Thursday, March 24, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: FREE
This virtual event highlight's ACDP's work to increase community awareness about prevention efforts.
Topics include:
  • Prevention research.
  • School-based prevention programs.
  • Family-based prevention programs.
  • Community-based prevention programs.
OPHA's Addiction Prevention Section will also be featured!
National Speaker Kevin Haggerty - Director of the Social Development Research Group Endowed and Professor of Prevention at the University of Washington School of Social Work will also be presenting.
Anyone working in or interested in prevention work should attend. This includes County and Tribal Prevention Coordinators, Prevention Practitioners, Tobacco Prevention Coordinators, and Public Health Directors.

Certified Prevention Specialist training co-hort

This 12-month training co-hort will launch in August 2022. It is designed for preventionists who are seeking Prevention Specialist certification. If you are interested in learning more, or getting on the contact list for the upcoming co-hort application process, please complete this brief interest form.


Prevention Learning Opportunities

Prevention Specialist Certification information (Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon)

Figure 1. Spectrum of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Services. 2019.