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. 

Section Leadership

Co-Chairs: Abigail Wells, Cynthia Hillier


Upcoming Events

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) 
June 17-20, 2019 in Bend, OR

The OPHA Addiction Prevention Section is hosting the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) in Bend! The SAPST is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention. This four-day, in-person training prepares participants to move from prevention science and theory to practice using the Strategic Prevention Framework. Click here to view the June 2019 SAPST flyer and agenda. 


When: June 17-20, 2019 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day 
The Environmental Center
16 NW Kansas Ave
Bend, OR 97701
$200 for OPHA Members, $225 for non-members
Save money and become an OPHA Member today! You can select Addiction Prevention as your Special Interest Section to get involved! 
Registration is required for this event. 
Registration closes when it reaches capacity at 25 participants--so register soon! There will be other SAPST events throughout Oregon in 2019-2020.
Continuing Education:
Participants completing the SAPST will receive a certificate for 25 hours of participation which satisfies CPP/CPS initial and CPP/CPS/CASAC renewal requirements. 

The SAPST prepares participants to: 

  • Address substance abuse prevention in the context of behavioral health
  • Improve practice by developing a comprehensive approach to prevention guided by SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework
  • Reduce behavioral health disparities by identifying the needs of vulnerable populations and improving cultural competency
  • Sustain prevention by collaborating effectively across sectors to address shared risk factors and improve the health and well-being of communities in a cohesive way




Download the June 2019 SAPST flyer here


Download the upcoming Oregon 2019-2020 SAPST events flyer here


Learn more about the OPHA Addiction Prevention Section here


Questions? Contact Julie Spackman at [email protected] or 541-388-6619