Haley Coles

Anyone in the treatment arena in Arizona likely knows the name Haley Coles, founder and Executive Director of Sonoran Prevention Works. Within only a few years, this organization has successfully collaborated with stakeholders to improve health outcomes for Arizonans that so often fall through the cracks. Though the numbers of people impacted are impressive (SPW has distributed over 25,000 naloxone kits since 2015), it is impossible to capture Haley’s impact on our community, as it is rooted in her relationships with individuals impacted by drug use including: family members, first responders, medical providers, behavioral health providers, and people who use drugs themselves. Sonoran Prevention Works was a tireless advocate in passing the naloxone legislation of 2016, and continues to push forward with bipartisan legislation to improve health outcomes and spread evidence-based practice. Many in our field have been privileged to learn from and work with Haley, who has changed the way many practice outreach with people who use drugs. In the true spirit of advocacy, her commitment to inclusion is evidenced by her ability to bring everyone to the table. Her investment in Arizona, her work ethic, and unwavering passion bring inspiration to all who meet her.