SPR Advocacy Committee Town Hall

Educating and engaging with local and state policymakers –  What role should prevention scientists play?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 3-4pm EDT /12-1pm PDT

Join us over zoom.

Register here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcodO6oqj4sE9HTwqrEMumKzh_PTKtbsi5O

The field of prevention science is dedicated to translating research into effective programs, practices, and policies – but for many prevention scientists, the world of policymaking and prevention advocacy is unknown territory. If you are interested in learning from others who do this work, please join the Society for Prevention Advocacy Committee for a townhall-style discussion with four panelists who have extensive experience educating and advocating for prevention with state and local policymakers. Each panelist will share lessons they have learned through their own advocacy efforts as well as concrete steps for how prevention scientists at all career stages can engage local and state policymakers to promote effective prevention. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask the panelists questions and engage in discussion with one another.


Brittany Cooper, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Development, Youth and Family Extension Specialist, and the Director of the Prevention Science PhD program at Washington State University

Dr. Brittany Cooper is Associate Professor of Human Development, Youth and Family Extension Specialist, and the Director of the Prevention Science PhD program at Washington State University. Dr. Cooper’s research, teaching, and outreach centers around the translation of prevention science for public health impact. For nearly a decade, she has collaborated with federal, state, and other community stakeholders to improve the field’s understanding of how best to support evidence-based prevention programs in diverse community settings.


David Fakunle, PhD, CEO, DiscoverME/RecoverME

David Fakunle is a “mercenary for change,” employing any skill and occupying any space to help elevate everyone divested from their truest self. David serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and his interests include stressors within the built environment, manifestations of racism, and use of arts and culture to strengthen health, equity, and ultimately liberation. He additionally serves as Chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first state-level body in the U.S. chronicling and bringing justice to racial terror lynchings.

Kathleen Ratcliff, MPA, CPS, Executive Director, Upstream Prevention

Kathleen Anderson Ratcliff is the founder and Executive Director of Upstream Prevention, Inc., a community-based non-profit just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. She is an IC&RC Certified Prevention Specialist with a Master of Public Affairs (University of Missouri) focused on Public Policy. She started in prevention as a research assistant for Missouri’s Partners in Prevention, before moving to Prevention Insights to serve as a Research Associate and Community Prevention Specialist. In 2018, she left IU to run Upstream Prevention full-time. She has served as a trainer, technical assistance coach, and evaluator within the prevention field in the past ten years, and has a passion for systems-level changes in the environments we live, often through advocating for policy changes!

Sarah Mariani, CPP, Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery

Sarah Mariani is a Certified Prevention Professional with over 20 years of work dedicated to the prevention field. Sarah serves as the Substance Use Disorder Prevention & Mental Health Promotion Section Manager with Washington State Health Care Authority. Currently, she focuses on policy development and strategic planning to ensure effective service delivery and outcomes. Additionally, in this role she also serves as Washington State’s National Prevention Network representative and is currently the National Prevention Network President/National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors Board Vice President.

Kevin Haggerty, PhD, University of Washington

Kevin Haggerty is the Director of the Social Development Research Group and Endowed Professor of Prevention at the UW School of Social Work. He is a PI on many projects, including Utah Communities That Care Training program, Staying Connected with Your Teen, and Connecting, a study testing an adaptation of an evidence-based family prevention intervention for foster caregivers and their teens. For more than 35 years, he has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities and schools can better identify, assess and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs.