The power of prevention

The Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health is an interdisciplinary group of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers committed to reducing behavioral health problems like substance use, delinquency, school dropout, risky sexual behavior, violence and anxiety and depression in young people.

We are working together to meet the goals of Unleashing the Power of Prevention, a report published by the National Academy of Medicine and selected as one of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work set forth by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. 



Strategic Plan

The Steering Committee of the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health recently convened a strategic planning process aimed at helping the coalition reach its goals of reducing the prevalence and incidence of behavioral health problems in young people from birth to age 24, and embedded racial and socioeconomic disparities in such problems, by 20% by 2026.



“We understand how to prevent developmental health problems. If we want to promote the health of the next generation and their economic development, we need to take advantage of these proven studies.
We now have the power to unleash the power of prevention.”

- J. David Hawkins, Endowed Professor Emeritus of Prevention

University of Washington, School of Social Work