Meet the Public Health Education Liaison
Mary Segawa came to the agency in January 2010 after working in the prevention field and with students throughout her career.
Mary was most recently the executive director of TOGETHER!, a non-profit agency in Thurston County focused on preventing youth substance abuse and violence. Before TOGETHER!, she worked for several universities in student services, including the University of Washington.
At TOGETHER!, Mary had the opportunity to work with community and state partners on issues related to healthy, safe, and supportive environments for children and youth, with her primary focus in Thurston County. She has brought that focus to her work at the state level.
“Reducing and preventing substance use by youth is not a ‘Just Say No’ endeavor. It involves all of us in helping youth to make healthy choices that will enrich their lives rather than sidetrack them and their futures. At a state level we can affect policy and practices that will in turn make the work of the communities more effective."
Mary’s goals for her program include:
- Continuing to educate parents and caregivers about the vital role they play in influencing whether or not their children use alcohol or marijuana and to take action to prevent it. Talking to their kids and being positive role models are critical.
- Involving prevention and public health stakeholders in assessing current legislation, policies, and rules and recommend changes is important in order to impact underage drinking and marijuana use.
- Contributing to strong coordination efforts among state agencies and local communities in this work remains a priority in order to best use the limited resources available.
- Serving as a resource to stakeholders through education and awareness activities.
Mary has a B.S. in psychology from Kansas State University and an M.S. in counseling from Missouri State University. She and her husband have two adult children.
In February 2010, she was recognized at the TOGETHER! Champions for Kids celebration as the City of Lacey’s Champion for Kids honoree.
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