Our Efforts


The Washington Healthy Youth Coalition (formerly knows as the Washington State Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, or RUaD) features members from 27 state agencies and organizations representing traffic safety, law enforcement, faith-based groups, education, policy and rulemaking, and social and health services.  

Since 1998, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), has administered federal Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) funding for community and statewide prevention programs.  

The Coalition was formed by a seven-member team who attended the 2005 National Meeting on Underage Drinking Prevention.  Leaders of key Washington agencies participated in the meeting and agreed to work together to combat underage drinking.  DBHRbrought the agencies together as a coalition, and continues to support ongoing efforts, at the state level and in communities, to prevent underage drinking. 

The coalition co-chairs are Michael Langer with DSHS/DBHR, and Sharon Foster with the Liquor Control Board.

The Coalition has produced statewide media campaigns to encourage parents to talk with their children and teens about the risks of underage drinking, and provided educational resources and support to community groups around the state.  The Coalition has also supported changes to state policies and laws to support healthy youth and communities.