Cascade Prevention Coalition

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Coalition Mission

Cascade Prevention Coalition is a sustaining community-based effort to promote substance abuse prevention, healthy activities, and safe environments for our youth.

Coalition Coordinator

McKenzie Knowlden

Community Coalition Coordinator



McKenzie earned her B.S. in Public Health from Central Washington University in 2018 and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has experience with prevention programming and health and safety intervention in the university, county and non-profit sectors all within Kittitas County. She has begun her work implementing CPWI for Youth Services Mentor Program of Kittitas County, who has taken over the Upper County Coalition from KCPHD as of August 2020.  

Vision Statement
“Hope for every child, support for every child, support for every family"

Mission Statement

“Working together to grow healthy, resilient, engaged families in Upper Kittitas County”

About the Cascade Prevention Coalition

The Cascade Prevention Coalition was founded in 2011. Since that time many UKC key leaders and volunteers have become members and work hard to make a difference in our community.

Over the past year the coalition has revised the school Athletic and Activities Code, provided parenting programs, and supported the development of a Youth Coalition Team.

The Cascade Prevention Coalition (CPC) represents schools, law enforcement, public health, youth-serving organizations, mental health providers, civic organizations, city and county government, parents, and youth from our community.

The communities of Cle Elum, Ronald, Roslyn and South Cle Elum are passionate about supporting youth, taking care of their community and upholding cultural traditions. CPC has the privilege of working with the people of these communities to develop protective factors and strengthen prevention for their youth.

About the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CWPI)

CPWI is a partnership of state agencies, counties, schools and local prevention coalitions supporting communities in preventing alcohol and other drug abuse and its negative consequences.  CPWI priorities include reducing underage drinking, marijuana use and opioid misuse/abuse among middle and high school aged youth. By providing evidence-based practices and promoting the positive changes in communities, we can build healthier communities.

The Cascade Prevention Coalition (CPC) is no longer operated by the Kittitas County Public Health Department. Youth Services of Kittitas County has taken on the operation of the CPC. If you have any questions regarding the CPC, please contact our office at (509) 962-2737.