2020 CAPA Virtual Summit: Presenters

Xavier Flores

XavierFloresHeadshotProgram Director, Pueblo y Salud

Xavier helped found the first agency to deal with Substance Use Disorder in Oxnard, California in 1972. He was 19 at the time and was elected as the first Board president after being selected to work for El Proyecto de la Juventud as a community worker. The agency diverted youth from the judicial system. For years after, while holding jobs as a psychiatric technician, he continued working with youth through an organization he formed called Barrios Unidos. In 1979, they organized a 3,000-person youth convention with 300 teachers in attendance. In 1985, Xavier Flores went to work for Bridge A Way Across and came across a one-page leaflet that spelled out the basics of the Environmental Prevention Approach which he began to implement immediately.

In 1991 he met the authors Jim Mosher, David Jernigan and Larry Wallach, during a conference organized by the Latino Coalition on Alcohol Issues, of which he was the main organizer, to discuss the Environmental Prevention Approach in detail. In 1992, The Alcohol Drug Program Administration (ADPA) now known as The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention and Control(SAPC) went on to fund 24 agencies to implement the environmental prevention modality. This is believed to be a direct result of that conference. In 1992, Xavier Flores co-founded Pueblo y Salud, Inc. and has continued being an employee of the agency since serving as its executive director for the first 16 years. Since the early 90’s to the present he has been president of organizations like the Northeast San Fernando Valley Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) and the Antelope Valley League of United Latin American Citizens empowering the Latino community through civic engagement.



Alcopops are heavily flavored, heavily sugared, often high-ABV alcoholic beverages. They are among the most popular first drink for many youth. The Alcopop-Free Zone project used youth representatives to engage the San Rafael Canal community, educate retailers, and get alcopops off of store shelves.

]Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder includes bupernorphine among other medications. It offers the best opportunity for people who use opioids to live long, healthy lives, but only if they have access to it. Geographic, economic, and language barriers further complicate individuals' efforts to obtain this life-saving treatment. The MAT Access Project/Proyecto Latino TAM works to educate the Latinx community of Marin on the dangers of opioids, and promote culturally competent MAT services for those who needs it.


Within liquor, grocery, and drug stores, good retail practices can not only make it harder for youth to obtain alcohol, but make youth less interested in drinking. Youth Action for Safe Stores (YASS) develops youth leaders who can evaluate stores' retail practices, engage with business owners, and promote best retail practices throughout San Rafael.


Alcopops 2020



Don Carney, Director, Marin Youth Court
SRADC President

Nick Moorhatch, Producer, Comcast Cable Access
SRADC Vice President

Adolfo Aguilar, member, Youth For Justice

Marcianna Nosek
, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco.
Larry Merideth, PhD, Director, Marin Health and Human Services

Michael Watenpaugh
, EdD, Superindent, San Rafael City Schools

Kevin Lynch, Director of Juvenile Services Division, County of Marin Probation Department

Elia Manzo, leader, Consejo Restaurativo

Wilibaldo Pulido, owner, La Plaza Market.

Douglas Mundo, Executive Director, Canal Welcome Center.

Mary Joe Williams, CAO, Bay Area Community Resources

Sam Alexander, Pastro, First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael

Eric Bejarano, student, Sonoma State University