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Working Within Rural Communities: The Unique Benefits and Challenges for Substance Misuse Prevention Professionals

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Working in rural communities can be as rewarding as it is challenging. Isolation and a lack of connectedness is an issue in all parts of rural life, prevention work is no exception. Prevention professionals working in small towns, rural communities, and frontier areas often feel isolated from others in the profession and can be misunderstood by funders and program developers. Finding connection and support can be the key to helping move prevention forward in rural communities.

In this webinar, we will discuss the unique benefits and barriers of working in rural communities. We will explore ways to make connections and share knowledge with prevention professionals working in similar settings. Our speakers will share their experience with The Rural Network in Washington state. The network brings together rural prevention providers to help share ideas, discuss challenges, and affirm and support each other’s work.


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand challenges facing rural prevention providers, and ways to overcome those challenges.
  • Access to an online Rural Prevention Toolkit, containing 4 categories of tools for success in rural communities.
  • Discuss ways to increase connections and networks.




Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network
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