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To the Root/A la Raíz

To the Root/A la Raíz

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To the Root

Addressing the Root Causes of Substance Use with Latinx and LGBTQ+ youth.

The To the Root/A la Raíz project will use the strategic prevention framework to center the experiences and voices of LGBTQ+ and Latinx community members to increase substance use prevention systems created with and for these groups within Boulder County.

Substance use is a complex issue affecting youth and adults in Boulder County. Available health, wellbeing, and criminal justice data point to differences in the substance use experiences of LGBTQ+ and Latinx community members. However, there is limited data available that explicitly focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ+ and Latinx community members related to the strategies to prevent and reduce harm from substance use in Boulder County.

The To the Root/A la Raíz project will focus on

Youth ages 11-18

  • Latinx or LGBTQ+
  • Live in St. Vrain Valley or Boulder Valley School District boundaries


  • Latinx parents/caregivers
  • Parents/caregivers of youth who are part of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Adults working with youth in the Latinx and/or LGBTQ+ community

Apply to Tell Your Story

  • To the Root/A la Raíz is collecting stories from LGBTQ+ and/or Latinx youth through a series of focus groups and individual interviews. Participants will receive a $30 gift card for their participation.
  • Apply to tell your story

2019 Resultados de Encuesta de Niños Saludables de Colorado (HKCS)

Alcohol Use

Marijuana Use

Tobacco Use

Substance Use

Status of Prevention

Training & Prevention Education

Training Videos

Live Trainings

    • Principles of Substance Use Prevention & Health Equity in Action
      Training participants will gain a foundational understanding of prevention and harm reduction strategies and how oppression impacts current substance use interventions. Participants will be able to identify where to find effective prevention strategies and resources.
    • Implementing Advanced Substance Use Prevention and Health Equity Practices
      Training participants will discuss strategies and gain tools for implementing prevention, health equity, and harm reduction principles into their existing work.

Request a Live Training

Contact Us

To the Root

Main: 303-413-7547
Submit a question

Boulder County Public Health website